Why Performance Related Pay for Teachers Is the Wrong Move!

Guest Blogger: Adnan Al-Daini @respect65

So the Department for Education [1] has decided that performance- linked pay is to be introduced into our schools from September 2014. A year ago when the Independent School Teachers’ Review Body made such a recommendation, I wrote an article on the Huffington Post entitled “Performance-Related Pay for Teachers Is the Wrong Move”. This is what I wrote:

“Teaching in a school is not for the fainthearted. I should know, for I taught mathematics in a school, taught engineering in a university, and worked in industry. School teaching was the most demanding, the poorest paid, and the least appreciated, and that was before government interference in the minutiae of education became fashionable.

It is an all-consuming job that requires your best endeavour at all times. Moreover, you need the support of your colleagues, particularly if you are just starting. Their advice, and possibly some of their teaching materials, are invaluable.

Not everything can be measured, and any system you use to say teacher A should be rewarded and not teacher B, will be flawed. It will be divisive, destroying the cooperative, collaborative dynamic among the teaching staff, which is at the heart of a good school.


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This is a measure that at best will be a waste of time, a precious resource in teaching, and could well lower the quality of teaching. I can’t imagine a headteacher who values the cohesion of his staff and their goodwill wanting anything to do with this.

So is this simply a ploy to reduce teachers’ pay, and is this a way of selling that policy by sowing division amongst teachers, or between them and their headteacher? Education is far too important to be undermined by playing politics. At the core of good teaching is a motivated teacher who feels appreciated and respected to do the job. This measure creates uncertainty and anxiety that undermines the cohesiveness of the staff.”

Full article on the Huffington Post [2]

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-advice-to-help-schools-set-performance-related-pay

[2] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/adnan-aldaini/performance-related-pay-for-teachers_b_2494235.html

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