The debate over performance pay shows where power lies – and its not with schools

Education for Everyone

The debate over performance related pay for teachers has escalated further in the last couple of weeks. This follows the publication of proposals to deregulate the pay system and tie it more closely to some kind of measure of performance.

Opposition to performance related pay has been widespread. The NUT and the NAS/UWT have responded by producing a model pay policy that it claims is in line with the letter of the law but which sticks as closely as possible to the established system.

It’s not the aim of this article to rehearse the arguments for and against the new system. But an examination of how the debate has played out tells us some important things about how the school system is now being managed.

First of all, Michael Gove waded in with a letter to all schools saying that “If every aspect of these were adopted by schools, that…

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