- 24 May 2011
Commenting on the consultation document released today by the Department for Education on the performance management arrangements and capability procedures for teachers, Christine Blower, General Sectary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;
"Teachers strive to be successful in improving the life chances of all their pupils. To this end, performance management should encourage improvement in professional practice.
"Procedures to deal with any concerns about performance must be fair, and not offer a bully's charter. Many teachers already feel overburdened and under-supported in school.
"The Government should be focussing on ways of allowing their professional expertise to flourish, not undermining them by encouraging more overbearing oversight by management. Where illness affects teaching, employers should be considering how to overcome the difficulties, not how to remove the teacher.
"These proposals are about removing protections, not about cutting down on unnecessary red tape."