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DfE to remove teachers' performance pay

Emma Knights discusses the Department's decision to end performance-related pay for teachers.

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Today the Department for Education (DfE) has published its initial report on reducing workload for school leaders and teachers. There are many other issues under discussion by the taskforce, and a final report is planned for the Spring.

One of the key changes is that the requirement to use performance-related pay (PRP) should be removed from September: this has been accepted by the DfE.

Emma Knights, NGA's Co-chief executive

“Emma Balchin and I are pleased to have been part of the taskforce that made the recommendation to remove the need for PRP: introduced ten years ago, it has proved to be a bureaucratic burden to leaders and teachers without any obvious benefits. This is a welcome change.

NGA encourages governing boards to consider staff workload and wellbeing as one of their trust’s or school’s strategic priorities. There is also a timely reminder from the taskforce and the minister for schools of the Education staff wellbeing charter: please do have a look if your school or trust has not signed up yet.

Useful discussions are continuing and we very much hope that in its final report, the taskforce will make a significant contribution to reducing teachers’ and leaders’ working week.”

The DfE has published an explanation of the education staff wellbeing charter and the benefits of using it.