"TEACHERS have been saying we have to do something." That is how Paul Vernell of the National Union of Teachers in south Gloucestershire describes the response of teachers to the government's plans for performance related pay. The payment by results scheme is part of a package of measures that undermine comprehensive education. The overwhelming majority of teachers oppose it.
But leaders of the three main teachers' unions in England and Wales are backing away from confronting the government. The executive of the NUT union recently voted narrowly against calling for a one day protest strike or boycott of national tests and training days. Campaigning organisation School Teachers Opposed to Performance Pay (STOPP) called a successful 60-strong protest outside the Department for Education and Employment last week. That followed an inspiring march in London last month.
STOPP has called a national conference for Saturday of next week.
- School Teachers Opposed to Performance Pay conference, Saturday 18 March, South Camden Community School, central London. Contact STOPP, c/o 65 Glenarm Road, London E5.
- PARENTS, school governors and local trade unionists in Haringey protested against the privatisation of schools maintenance under a PFI scheme when education minister Estelle Morris visited the north London borough last week.
- STAFF AT Islington Green School in north London heard writer Michael Rosen speak against performance related pay last week. The meeting unanimously agreed to boycott the process of PRP.