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£20M FUND FOR TEACHERS' PERFORMANCE-RELATED PAY APPRAISALS

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The government will today take the first step towards introducing performace-related pay for teachers by announcing...
The government will today take the first step towards introducing performace-related pay for teachers by announcing a£20m fund for training heads and senior school managers in staff appraisal techniques, reports The Guardian (p7).

Heads will be asked to start assessing senior teaching staff in January so they can recommend which should qualify to leap above the current£23,000 salary ceiling.

Charles Clarke, the education minister, will today try to win support from the Professional Association of Teachers, the smallest of the teaching unions, with a commitment to avoiding strike action.

At the start of its annual conference in Southport, he will seek to offer assurances that the extra money will go to teachers who deserve it rather than those who curry favour with the head.

Mr Clarke will say the government does not want a crude system of payment by results. The extra money on offer would amount to 'performance-related promotion'.
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