Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Performance Pay Will Not Hit Teachers until 2014: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Performance Pay Will Not Hit Teachers until 2014: News

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Schools will not implement controversial reform this year.

Performance-related pay will not be applied to teachers' salaries until a year later than expected, TES has learned.

The controversial overhaul of teachers' pay, which will bring about the end of automatic rises and the effective abolition of the main pay scale, will not affect pay packets until September 2014, instead of this September as had been anticipated.

Official guidance on how to implement the changes is not expected to be published until the summer, leaving insufficient time for schools to change their pay policies for the 2013-14 school year.

The news comes as the pay reforms - proposed by the School Teachers' Review Body and approved by education secretary Michael Gove - came in for strong criticism at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in Liverpool this week. Members unanimously backed a motion that the union "opposes and deplores the destruction of teachers' national pay structure".

Mark Baker, a teacher at Redwood Secondary School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, told the conference that the pay changes would leave teachers with "stagnant career prospects" and a "low-pay culture without progression", which could cause an increase in "teaching to the test and cheating".

Martin Freedman, ATL's head of pay, conditions and pensions, said schools would still have to honour incremental pay rises due under the current system this September. "Although the Department for Education said legally (the new system) will be introduced in September, there will be no appraisal system in place to justify performance-related pay," he said. …

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