Pay teachers by performance - MPs
Teachers should be paid by performance in order to encourage the best to stay in the profession, MPs have said.
The Education Select Committee said those who added the “greatest value” to pupils’ performance should be paid more. In a report published this morning, the committee also argued sixth-form students should be given the opportunity to try out teaching in order to boost the quality of candidates applying for the profession.
Graham Stuart, who chairs the committee, said the move to performance-related pay should be a “national priority”. Mr Stuart told the Today programme:
"If we're not to fall behind as a nation we must ensure that we have higher quality teaching, because we can't continue to have a million people on the dole, excluded demoralised and angry because we didn't give them the education they needed when they were at school."
But Kevin Courtney from the National Union of Teachers said there were “major problems” with the committee’s proposals, since it is impossible to “disentangle the individual teacher's contribution” and remunerate them appropriately.