Pay plan will spare my child
Memories of the primary teacher who so destroyed my confidence in writing my mother had teach me to write again. Memories of the secondary French teacher with such a violent, unpredictable temper, we would sit, feeling sick, waiting for the next outburst of screamed abuse.
Memories of being forced to choose my A-levels on the criteria of the teachers' ability to get me through the exam, rather than the subjects I wanted to study.
Now my elder child is about to enter the school system. I am horrified to discover that it is still virtually impossible to get rid of inadequate teachers and that there is still no way of testing a tacher's all round ability or succcess. I get very angry when I hear reports of teachers' resistance to performance-related pay.
Since I graduated 13 years ago I have held many jobs and every year of my working life I have had a perfomance-related pay rise. The appraisal system used to assess performance can also be used to identify training needs and support weak individuals; to encourage teamwork; allows a fair and consistent way of assessing for promotion and gives a record of ability which is useful for those wishing to move jobs.
I want performance-related pay for teachers. That way my son and my daughter may be spared the angry, the impatient and the could-not-give-a-damn varieties. That way, maybe they will have memories of their "best teacher".
23 Barberry Rise
Vale of Glamorgan