Headlines: July 27th, 1999

Schools are to receive 22 million pounds over three years to provide the training and expertise necessary when performance pay is introduced for teachers.

Schools Minister Charles Clarke said the success of performance pay depended on a system that was fair, non-bureaucratic and effective. He stressed the emphasis would be on ‘better communication, not paper overload.’

Under the proposals in the teaching Green Paper, good teachers can pass a performance threshold which will produce an initial pay rise of up to two thousand pounds a year.

Hay Management Consultants have begun a research project into effective teaching. The work is designed to meet concerns expressed in consultation on the Green Paper, that arrangements for the threshold and for performance management should be clearly and demonstrably rooted in recognised models of good teaching which build on existing research and have been tested with teachers.