Case study;Newlyn Junior;Pay Award 99

5th February 1999 at 00:00
Blunket rebuffs union on pay

For many in Newlyn, a Cornish fishing port, the teachers at the primary school are the richest people they know. The staff at the 189- pupil Newlyn junior and infants are keenly aware of their relative good fortune.

Headteacher, scale point 14 After 17 years as a head, Angela O'Connor feels her promised rise is deserved and should help address the heads' shortage, reflecting the changes they have had to absorb. She is currently on pound;32,000 which should rise to pound;33,120 in April and to pound;34,114 in September, assuming she qualifies for a 3 per cent increase.

Classroom teacher, scale point 6 Linda Garbett, 30, says that after four years' teaching, the rise will mean an extra pound;9 or so a week, bringing her salary to pound;18,000.

"I'm usually overdrawn at the end of the month. I'm glad the award is not being phased and that this is the first time my pay is going up by more than my mortgage, but it's not massive."

Eligible for PRP in 20023 Classroom teacher, scale point 9 Linda's colleague Stuart Hood, 32, is that rare thing, a teacher with a physics background. He will now earn pound;23,000, but has peaked financially unless he becomes a head or deputy.

He has recently become a father and is not overly impressed by an extra pound;700 or so a year. He gave performance pay a thumbs down. "The amount of work put in, for example into a difficult class, is not reflected in results."

Eligible for PRP in 20001

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