Mary Bousted

Performance-related pay doesn’t improve teaching

Ministers promised that PRP would deliver us to a land of milk and honey – but instead we have a barren landscape of fear and suspicion, writes the leader of the ATL teaching union

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Are you a teacher who has been refused pay progression because, you have been told, the school does not have enough money in its budget to reward you properly for the work you’ve done? If so, you’re not alone. One of the starkest findings of the recent ATL/NUT pay survey was that 15 per cent of the teachers who responded were in the same position.

This is a far cry from the government’s promised land of performance-related pay (PRP), which in 2013 was going to be a land of milk and honey for teachers who met their appraisal objectives and raised standards of teaching and learning. PRP, so the ...

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