Top teachers could get 2% pay rise

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The British government should  be “as generous as it can” according to Nick Clegg, who recently offered top performing teachers a 2% pay rise without any additional funds towards the educational budget. So where is this money going to come from?

With an ever nearing election, the public sector are a hot topic, pushing government parties into making promises in order to restore faith. The BBC reports that Nick Clegg recently stated that the government should be “as generous as it can” to public sector workers. He plans to do this by giving schools the chance to increase the salaries of the top performing teachers in England and Wales by 2%. According to the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan this is possible because of the ‘strong British economy’… yet the education budget remains frozen?

These promises have been made in challenging times for schools who have minimal budgets and face the prospect of increasing pupil numbers.  Some would say it’s a desperate attempt by the government to drive more people towards teaching. So who is actually eligible for this extra tier of pay, and with the educational budget frozen, where is this money going to come from? This means surely only one thing – cuts in other areas. The important question that needs to be answered is where can schools afford to make these cuts in order to carry this out and overall, is this really going to help the school and the staff?

The government are giving schools the choice of whether or not to carry out salary increases and whom is deemed worthy. It could be construed that the government is trying to put the responsibility on the schools’ shoulders instead of themselves. This now puts added pressures on schools with tight budgets risking further cuts to keep their best teachers happy or risk losing them to maintain the smooth running of the school.

What do you think about this?  Would you rather a salary increase that could force potential cuts around the school? Should Clegg be able to offer such promises with a fixed educational budget? Would you like to see similar proposals from Cameron and Miliband? Have your say.

8 thoughts on “Top teachers could get 2% pay rise

  1. Wow an extra 2% for 15-20 hours unpaid overtime…….! About £600 or less than £1 an hour, Maybe I should leave on time and get a 2nd job at Starbucks….

  2. I agree with mark ! We teachers know we are the spare wheel on the public sector cart, we can work all hours, they are never actually counted , only expected, I don’t think that anyone who isn’t or has never lived with a teacher understands the ridiculous scale.
    If I was a successful lawyer, people would pay high rates to have me. If I was a hairdresser my clientele would boom up and all the profits of my excellence and dedication would be mine , my hard sweat reward.
    But I am a teacher. Maybe I am good, maybe I am not. My pupils made hood progress despite teaching on a inking ship, my performance management observations and monitoring were carried out by people who put a school in special measures, I have had no cpd that taught me something in a decade, so what does my dedication and ‘goodness’ rely on ? It’s a very unfair process to say good teachers get a pay rise because the judges may have different criteria and standards and they may think of budgeting.
    Once more it sounds like a plan to make the politicians look good and the public thinking, look et that the teachers are yet again being paid more for working 9-3 with all those holidays they get !
    I d rather be valued as a teacher , see my profession valued by society , that would be a grater reward to my never ending shifts than a pitiful 2% ….

  3. Top teachers get an extra 2% ?? This is divisive ! Who decides who is a ‘top teacher’ ? Why must everything be hierarchical ? It’s the corporate model again ! Clegg is instinctively competitive !
    Scratch a Liberal you reveal a Tory !

  4. What complete bollocks. This government has a policy of dividing sectors of the community and the teaching force is no exception.. Divide teachers amongst themselves and factionalise the workforce. Head teachers ( most of whom I have very little respect for) fully endorse this approach and use it as a means to control their staff.
    There should be an active campaign, “two percent for all or not at all.”
    Who decides who is a good and effective teacher? I could dump some if these ‘shining examples’ in some schools and I guarantee within half a term they would not be able to hold their head above water.
    For anyone who had progressed into the upper pay spine, especially 2 or 3, it is like going around a school with a target on your back… You will, note ‘will,’ be marked for removal. I have seen this too often for it to be coincidence. I am a Councillor and have raised this constantly with the Director of Children’s Services.. They vacillate between denying it or saying there is nothing we can do.
    Start to question everything you are asked to do… Even if it ‘has become’ long standing practice.. Begin holding combined union meetings in your school (off premises if management becomes shirty) include non teaching unions as well.. How many TAs at your school have been given a teaching load that should be a teaching position? Again I know of many Heads who do this with TAs carrying a teaching load that is the equivalent of a 0.2 or 0.4 fte equivalent.
    So much of what teachers are asked, or worse, directed to do is unnecessary drivel serving no useful purpose. I know of many teachers who now arrive at school by 7:30 sometimes as early as 6:30 just to get through the day. Why?
    Keep in mind also that teachers do not, repeat, do not get paid holidays… You are paid for 39 weeks per year, technically you are laid off over breaks. Yet teachers work 40 weeks.. 5 days of your unpaid breaks were taken by Thatcher to do inset. While you are paid over 52 weeks, this is because your pay has been amortised, to spread it throughout the year.
    In many countries, Australia for example, teachers (as do most workers) receive a four week holiday loading in their pay over summer. In addition they receive (as do workers in most sectors) 90 days paid leave every ten years of service.. This is often referred to as ‘long service leave.’ It may also be taken at half pay over 180 days. This leave can also be taken in part.

    Don’t listen to Clegg… Start agitating for a proper sector pay and conditions deal for all.. Teaching and non teaching staff.. Contact your union.. If you don’t belong to a union,join one and start agitating.

  5. I totally agree with you E.P.Aliferis …. Starting to feel as though nothing shocks me anymore when it comes to education… Ive only been doing it 5 years ….

  6. Agree with Marie. This will be divisive as the whole observation and performance management process is flawed and unregulated in schools and colleges. And also, it is likely that schools and colleges will feel that they can not award the 2% increase to too many staff, as it will defeat the false exercise in motivation to work even harder… Education is a mess and teachers are being abused because of their goodwill.

  7. Marie, I totally understand you. Who is going to decide who the best teachers are? A “has been” teacher or “never been” teacher recycled as consultant who knows nothing about your subject and whose only piece of advice is “throw a tennis ball around the class”, who says that four levels of progress in four months is not enough progress? Or perhaps your head of department, who provides you with no textbooks, support or schemes of work, handpicks the more able students for herself and gives you the bottom sets that you teach for fewer periods because your subject has to give way to literacy and numeracy with bottom sets? Or possibly your head of school, who has not taught in twenty years and, again, knows nothing about your subject, apart from the fact that he did not like it when he was a student?

    And frankly, all that aggravation is not worth the extra 2%, bearing in mind how divisive it will be in schools and how bad it will be for moral. Or maybe is not worth 2% of my salary, because I am just on the regular teacher’s salary, I am already working long, long hours.

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