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SHROPSHIRE SCHOOL TAKES UP BLAIR'S CHALLENGE

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The Guardian (Education, p2) carries a feature on Thomas Telford School in Shropshire, which is pioneering Tony Bla...
The Guardian (Education, p2) carries a feature on Thomas Telford School in Shropshire, which is pioneering Tony Blair's vision of schools having fewer, highly-paid teachers, backed by a team of assistants.

The school has attracted attention from the department for education and employment and the treasury, which visited the school this summer to see the system in action.

Teachers are rewarded with performance-related pay, allied to working conditions which free teachers to teach.

The article points out that this may be anathema to trade unions, but David Blunkett will, at the end of this month, publish a green paper which will grasp these throny issues.

The education secretary wants 'something for something'. He is prepared to pump money into teachers' pay in return for restructuring and some performance element in the pay equation.
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