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Public back Gove’s performance related pay policy

25 July 2013

Education Secretary, Michael Gove has long heralded the idea that “the most important factor in a child’s education is the quality of teaching,” and his performance related pay reforms will mean that it is also the most important factor in determining teacher’s pay packets.

Although the reforms have been heavily criticised by the teaching unions, the majority of the public are in fact supportive of the changes according to a survey by Populus. 43% of respondents agreed that the quality of teaching should be the most important factor in setting pay and 61% believe that schools should be able to set pay on the basis of performance. The current regime of linking pay to length of service attracted little support, with the majority of respondents rating it as the least important factor in determining pay.

The upcoming strike action was also condemned, with 70% of respondents either not supporting it or believing that teachers should be prohibited from striking due to the essential service they provide.

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