Teachers’ pay will be linked to job performance instead of length of service, according to the School Teachers’ Review Body.

The idea has been attacked by unions, who claim it will be ‘a disaster for children’s education’. Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lectureres (ATL) pointed out that it effectively implements a pay freeze, as hard-up schools are very likely to deny pay rises to teachers. There is a worry that this could deter high-flying graduates from the profession.

Proposals that have been rejected include separate regional and local pay levels, as well as giving full flexibility of pay to individual schools.

Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, called the changes ‘a reasonable balance’. He said: ‘progression on the basis of good performance is a sensible principle, if hard to implement, and is certainly the norm in most sectors.’

Take a look at average public sector salaries.

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