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Teachers: Performance Related Pay

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of performance-related pay on (a) teaching quality and (b) pupil attainment; and if he will make a statement. (154602)

All teachers undergo an annual review of performance and this contributes to any decisions that may be made about their progression on the pay scale or spine range for their grade, From September 2007 revised performance management arrangements will apply to teachers in England. These will ensure that every year those who manage teachers and head teachers agree objectives appropriate to the individual teacher and at the end of each year the teacher's performance will be assessed against those objectives and associated performance criteria. Our aim is that career progression and financial rewards should go to those who are making the biggest contribution to improving pupil attainment, those who are continually developing their own expertise, and those who are helping to develop expertise in others.