Fears over plans to reform teacher pay

David Fann
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Lancashrie’s teacher’s say they are “very worried” about the implications of plans to introduce performance related pay.

The move, approved by Education secretary Michael Gove, is due to come into force from September and will see headteachers deciding who to award pay rises to.

The current national pay scheme will be scrapped and both the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Schoolmasters’ Union of Women Teachers have warned that they could take industrial action over the plans.

The National Association of Headteachers has welcomed more flexibility in setting salary rises but heads are worried about the extra pressure on them and the derision it could cause in staff rooms.

Preston headteacher and national executive member David Fann said he was very concerned that some schools could use the new ‘power’ as an excuse to reduce costs by employing cheaper, less qualified staff.

Mr Fann said: “There is potential for enormous problems, pitting teacher against teacher and school against school. And, here is the potential for schools to employ less experienced staff. Heads will be looking at quantity rather than quality.”

The Sherwood School head said he was very worried about quality of staff.