Ofsted performance pay rising as 85% of staff get bonus

DfE figures show large majority of Ofsted staff received performance-related pay in a year when a fifth of teachers experienced PRP delays

prp ofted

More than 85 per cent of Ofsted employees received performance-related pay increases, new figures show – some as much as £5,000.

That compares to around 75 per cent getting bonuses in the two previous years, according to the latest figures showing non-consolidated performance-related payments (NCPRP) published today.

The data for 2018-19 follows warnings from school leaders' unions earlier this year that the PRP system has “failed” for teachers because it has created "significant equalities concerns" and worsened recruitment and retention problems.

Exclusive: Heads turn away from teacher performance pay

News: Performance-related teacher pay: it simply does not work

Read: DfE probing ’unintended impact’ of teacher pay deal

The figures show that the total Ofsted wage bill rose from around £89 million in 2017 to £101 million in 2018-19. It was a year when staff numbers increased from 1,529 to 1,653 and 85 per cent of them shared PRP bonuses of more than £1 million.

Figures also show that 55 per cent of around 6,000 Department for Education staff received PRP last year also, compared to 50 per cent in 2017-18.

However, staff at exam regulator Ofqual staff received no PRP at all in those two years.

Earlier this year, a survey by the NASUWT teaching union found that a fifth of teachers had still not received a decision as to whether they would receive performance-related pay at the end of 2018, despite DfE recommendations that teachers should be notified by the end of October.

Four teaching unions have since urged government to remove the PRP system for teachers "as a matter of urgency".

The NEU teaching union, NAHT school leaders' union, the Voice and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said: "It creates needless additional workload and bureaucracy and reduces the scope for positive and open appraisal discussions. 

"The imposition of PRP, without any equality impact assessment or credible evidence that it is appropriate for teaching, has created significant equalities concerns. Its impact on pay progression and the denial or reduction of cost of living awards has worsened the recruitment and retention problems."

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Dave Speck

Dave Speck is a reporter at Tes

Find me on Twitter @Specktator100

Latest stories

Geoff Barton

Omicron, nativities and the DfE: Another fine mess

Schools are being told what to do by those with no concept of the reality of running a school - and it's only making an already tough situation a lot harder, explains Geoff Barton
Geoff Barton 3 Dec 2021
New headteachers - here are 9 things you need to know

Headteacher wellbeing and sources of 'streth'

Former headteacher Chris McDermott set out to find out the true causes of leader stress and support – and in doing so coined a whole new term, as he explains here
Chris McDermott 2 Dec 2021
Transdisciplinary learning: how to embed it in your school

Why you need a transdisciplinary curriculum

At the Aspirations Academies, six hours a week are dedicated to applied transdisciplinary learning - but how does it work? And should you apply something similar at your school?
Steve Kenning 2 Dec 2021