Performance-related pay: carrot or stick?

As the squeeze on school budgets tightens, Dave Speck investigates whether teachers are jumping through ever-more hoops to receive their annual salary bump, or if the reforms are a great leveller for the profession

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Once upon a time, in the days before teachers’ performance-related pay [PRP], there were two physics teachers who worked in adjacent classrooms. They were very different in their abilities in the job. One was only in his second year as a teacher, yet had found his feet and had a great relationship with his classes. He was enthusiastic and contributed a lot to the department, with other teachers using schemes of work he had written.

The physics teacher next door had been in post about five years longer but was struggling to control his classes. He rarely contributed to the department and was ...

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