New upper spine does not stand up;Letter
On the fabled pound;35,000, the technical paper proposes incremental steps of pound;400 on the upper spine. If a teacher got an extra point each year it would take more than 22 years to reach pound;33,500.
But there is a further proposal that there would be only three steps (of pound;400 or pound;500) after crossing the threshold. A teacher could not get any higher than pound;26,000 simply by passing the threshold.
We think it is very important that Mr Blunkett should correct the impression he has given about the rewards of the Green Paper.
We also want him to realise the very negative impact his proposals will have on teamwork. As Peter Mortimore of the Institute of Education has pointed out, all research on school improvement shows that teamwork is vital. These proposals will damage that teamwork and so damage the education of our children. Please change policy.
K Courtney plus 20 local teacher union representatives, Camden Teachers Association, 100 Stanhope Street, London NW1