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Teachers should definitely be paid more than they are at the moment

28 March 2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove says "teachers should definitely be paid more than they are at the moment". How on earth can this be funded at a time when financial pressures are very real?

Changes to the School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document (STPCD) mean that all schools have the flexibility to pay the best teachers more and to hold back pay rises for poorer performers. This is the first year of the new pay policy and unions are fighting hard to prevent radical approaches by schools. It will be interesting to see how brave schools get when they review their policy and this will certainly be necessary if some teachers are to be paid more. The consequence of this is that others have to be paid less, or even be removed altogether.

There is no doubt that schools want high performing teachers, but the reality is that there needs to be enough teachers and it is too simplistic to say cut numbers and pay fewer 'outstanding' teachers more money.

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