Pay for teacher jobs is set to be more closely linked with performance after the education secretary confirmed that the government would implement recently published recommendations.
Evidence suggests that teacher performance has a substantial impact on their pupils, with a 2011 study by the Sutton Trust indicating that a bad teacher can cost pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds a whole year's worth of learning compared to a highly effective one.
Last February, education secretary Michael Gove therefore asked the independent School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) to review how the system of teacher pay could be changed to improve teaching standards and raise the status of the profession.
The STRB published its report in December and Mr Gove has now announced that the government will press ahead with introducing its recommended reforms as of September 2013.
According to the Department for Education, under the current system of automatic pay progression, a teacher's performance level and how they are rewarded are not sufficiently connected.
Furthermore, the department also believes that the system is detrimental to education recruitment, with some schools facing difficulties in hiring and retaining good quality teachers.
The government will therefore put an end to pay increases based on length of service, whereby almost all teachers on the main pay scale automatically progress to the next pay point.
Instead, pay progression will now be linked with performance, based on annual appraisals, as is already the case for some teachers who are on a higher pay scale.
Furthermore, the new reforms will also see mandatory pay points within the pay scales for teachers abolished, in order to give schools greater freedom over how much primary and secondary teachers are paid.
The government also confirmed that higher pay bands would be retained for teaching jobs in London and for positions at schools in fringe areas.
Posted by Theo Foulds