The merit of teacher pay reform

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Thorpe, Lauren; Trewhitt, Kimberley; Zuccollo, James
Date of publication
1 August 2013
Reform ideas; no.8
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This report follows two roundtable seminars on performance related pay for teachers held in Summer 2013 and contains a review of the events that took place, commentary from leading head teachers, and a summary of the findings. Performance related pay in schools is a good idea:

  • The best schools already use pay to incentivise performance, with most awarding teaching and learning responsibilities to good teachers. Academies and free schools go further by offering performance and retention bonuses
  • There is strong support for rewarding teachers for good performance
  • It is right that schools are able to design and implement their own pay policies, in line with greater autonomy for schools
  • Introducing performance related pay will force schools to improve the quality of performance management of staff, which could in turn improve pupil outcomes

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