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Performance related pay in place from September

17 April 2013

Yesterday, the DfE finally confirmed the new position on teacher's pay. Whilst the key changes were as expected, the speed at which schools are required to implement them was not.

Following the changes, schools will have to pay their main scale teachers on the basis of their performance rather than their length of service. There are also changes to the process to get through ‘threshold’ and the post of 'Advanced Skills Teacher' is being removed.

These changes have to be implemented before the start of the Autumn term. By putting pressure on schools to act so quickly, the Government has left very little time for them to take a careful and considered approach to this significant change in culture. As we expect Ofsted to look very closely at how schools use performance related pay as a leadership tool, there is a real risk that schools who do not tackle it swiftly will find themselves in a very vulnerable position.

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