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News - 23 July 2013

Teacher pay 'should have performance link'

In a new survey by Populus, of the 1,723 people polled, 62% said schools should be able to set salaries in line with performance.

Of those surveyed, 43% said the most important factor in deciding teachers' pay should be the quality of their teaching, determined by an annual appraisal, while 29% said it should be the quality of their teaching determined by their pupils' exam results.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said this showed the public wanted teachers' pay linked to quality of work.

But unions’ say the changes are really about cutting most teachers' salaries and that most parents want schools to follow a national pay system.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The NUT and the NASUWT have announced regional strikes in October, followed by a one-day national walkout later in the term, in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions. The Populus poll found 29% of those asked supported the unions' plans for industrial action, while 36% were against it.”

In the NUT's ballot in September, 82.5% voted in favour of strike action with a turnout of 27% while 82% of NASUWT members voted for industrial action, with a turnout of 40%.

Speaking at a Populus event in central London, Education Secretary Michael Gove said the NUT and the NASUWT were standing in the way of the profession "enjoying the prestige that it deserves".

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said a recent poll by her union had found 25% of parents thought schools should set their own pay system, while 60% backed a national pay system.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, accused Mr Gove of trying to make "political capital out of a sub-standard poll with incredibly leading questions".

If you need any help and advice with Free School or Academy Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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