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1 in 3 school leaders report a decline in staff morale

27 November 2014

Browne Jacobson’s second annual survey of school leaders explored the effect recent reforms have had on staff morale and also the impact of the change to performance related pay for teachers.

Interestingly, but perhaps unsurprising, 1 in 3 leaders reported a decline in staff morale as a result of education reforms and 64% said that morale has remained broadly the same. Maintained schools fared worse than academies in terms of morale with 46% reporting a decline compared to 25% of academies.

Performance related pay has had little impact on pupil outcomes (only 12% reporting a positive effect). Staff morale has been negatively affected in 42%; whilst 50% reported no change. The vast majority of respondents reported no impact on recruitment and retention. Many schools have been slow to embrace the change and we could therefore see more of a change next year – watch this space.

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