NUT comment on Performance Related Pay

Commenting on the publication of advice for schools from the Department for Education on performance related pay (PRP), Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT deplores the fact that the Government has pressed ahead with its proposals to remove national pay scales, link all pay progression to appraisal/performance and end the right to be paid at the same level when changing jobs.

“PRP is increasingly discredited elsewhere as a means of motivating employees and there has never been any evidence that it motivates teachers or improves their performance

“These changes could deter graduates from entering teaching, restrict serving teachers’ ability to move jobs and cause many to leave teaching if they are unfairly deprived of pay progression by decisions which ignore their contribution to their school but focus instead on funding pressure or whether the teacher’s face fits.

“NUT and NASUWT have already announced the next stages in their joint campaign to oppose these changes as well as the pay freeze and the attacks on pensions and other aspects of teachers’ working conditions.”


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