Sure enough, governors are to be responsible for approving the head's recommendation for teachers to bypass appraisal and go straight to the new management pay spine - clearly a licence for institutionalised cronyism.
If our school is unfortunate enough to receive a performance bonus, governors must decide whether to share out the spoils among all staff or give it to those who have contributed most to our exam success. Won't that be fun?
We keep our responsibility for headteachers' pay, with a little help from our brand-new appraisal expert. We are also responsible for the budget; and apparently the Office for Standards in Education will be commenting on how we use our "discretion" to determine the pay consequences of appraisal and threshold assessments. In other words, we cannot give away money we don't have.