The government’s 3.5 percent pay offer to teachers is an insult. The figure comes from the School Teachers Pay Review Body which is stuffed with government appointees. The extra money will be more than swallowed up by inflation and higher mortgage rates, which Gordon Brown has hinted will go up again. The pay rise will not reverse the chronic shortage of teachers in some subjects. And local education authorities are already warning they do not have enough money to fund the pay rise without making cuts. Education secretary David Blunkett hopes the pay offer will buy time to introduce performance related pay for teachers. But even the Confederation of British Industry has attacked this scheme to link teachers’ pay to pupil results. The plan will destroy teamworking by pitting teacher against teacher. Teachers’ unions should call action over performance related pay.
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