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Human cost of pay scheme

The human cost of the threshold process is is far greater than the pound;12 million spent on assessors "Damning verdict on performance pay", TES, July 13) For many teachers the hours spent completing threshold application forms, and agonising as to whether they should at all, was the highest cost.

And an element of luck remains despite the system so there was also a cost to staff morale and relationships where one or some did not cross the threshold. And given that teachers' influence is oftentimes felt years later I wonder if heads and assessors can be sure that those they failed have not in in fact helped young people keep dreams and hope alive.

Liz Byrne Harefield Letchworth Lane Letchworth Hertfordshire

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