Academies a bigger threat than regional pay

17th February 2012 at 00:00

With the unleashing of market forces into the education system through the free school and academy programmes, regional pay is a relatively minor threat to the future of teachers' pay and conditions. If the majority of schools become academies, unions will have no bargaining power and teachers will need to negotiate their pay with their school governing bodies.

Well-intentioned headteachers who are embracing academy status are unwittingly leading the profession towards less advantageous pay and conditions as schools decide how much they will pay their staff. This is the undocumented section of Michael Gove's vision. Ultimately, it will save taxpayers a fortune.

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