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Departments: Pay

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on his Department's submission to the Pay Review Bodies for 2008 to 2011. (151872)

The Department has provided its evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body, covering teachers' pay for the period 2008-11, and this is currently being considered by the Review Body. In addition, the Department has also provided evidence jointly with its social partners, representing teacher unions, associations and employers. Both sets of evidence are available at the following link:

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost was of performance related pay in (a) his Department and (b) schools in each year since 1990-91; how much it is expected to be in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (154531)

The Department was created in June 2007 and will award all salaries on a performance related basis in 2008. Since 1995, when the predecessor Departments received delegated pay responsibility, all salaries have been fully performance related. The staffing levels and paybills for each year are published in the annual departmental reports available in the House of Commons Library.

It is not possible to estimate the cost of performance related pay in schools. Teachers undergo an annual review of performance which contributes to decisions that may be made by their school/employer about their progression on the pay scale or spine range for their grade. Non-teaching school staff are paid under local arrangements with varying discretions to recognise performance.