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TTA CALLS FOR BETTER PAY FOR BETTER TEACHERS

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The Teacher Training Agency has published its written evidence to the School Teachers' Review Body calling for a fu...
The Teacher Training Agency has published its written evidence to the School Teachers' Review Body calling for a fundamental reconsideration of the pay system for teachers.

The agency has recommended that a significant link be established between teacher quality and remuneration. The agency's recommendations aim to influence the future strategic direction of the pay system for teachers, marking a shift away from the current annual cycle to one that requires a longer planning horizon.

The two main areas where the agency seeks changes to the pay system are in recruitment and in retention and progression.

Its far-sighted plans are intended to tackle particular areas of concern, for example, the under-recruitment of science and mathematics graduates to the profession. The agency has suggested that one-off payments, in the region of £3,000 to £5,000 targeted at new teachers with good degrees in these subjects, may be an option worth exploring. The agency has also drawn the attention of the review body to the small differentials that exist between primary level headteachers and their deputies as a barrier to recruitment to top primary posts, and as an issue worth considering.

Increased financial rewards are also regarded by the agency as central to establish clear career progression routes for teachers. Training credits to schools to improve induction training for newly-qualified teachers and financial rewards for teachers or headteachers who provide high standards and quality leadership in schools are among the options presented to the review body.

Commenting on the agency's evidence, chief executive Anthea Millett said: 'The agency is convinced that we need high calibre, well qualified teachers in all our schools. We have an extensive programme in development to recruit and retain quality candidates, and we want all teachers to benefit from continuous career development. Our ideas for rewarding teaching excellence and effectiveness are exciting and pave the way for the development of a profession that benefits teachers and pupils alike.'

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