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unions react to teachers’ pay proposals

9 January 2013

As previously reported, wide ranging reforms in relation to how teachers are paid have been announced.

The head teacher unions have now responded to the consultation with tentative support. NAHT have said it is a step in the right direction and supported the decision not to introduce regional pay. ASCL have given a ‘cautious welcome’ to the ability to link pay for classroom teachers to their performance.

However, both unions raised concerns about implementation. The proposed system will place a significant new strain on SLT and Governing Bodies in making these decisions on pay in practice. Schools will be at risk of accusations of inconsistency and potentially claims for equal pay so training on these issues will be essential.

The unions have also questioned the ability for schools to take advantage of the freedom to pay their excellent teachers more within the current budge constraints. The proposals cite the National Funding Formula as a potential solution to this but whether that will give schools freedom to reward teachers financially is yet to be proven.

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