10 February 2017
More teachers are being denied a pay rise due to the Government’s performance related pay (PRP) system, according to a joint survey by the NUT and ATL teacher unions published today, making it even harder for schools to recruit teachers.
The survey of 13,000 teachers was carried out in December and asked teachers about pay progression for the current school year starting in September 2016. It is the largest survey on pay progression available.
By December 2016, almost one quarter of teachers were still waiting to hear whether they would be awarded pay progression for the current school year. Many of them said they did not know when they would be told.
Among those teachers who had been told the decision on their pay progression:
Teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds were more likely to have been denied progression than other teachers, and over half of women teachers absent on maternity leave during the year who were eligible for progression had been turned down, showing that many decisions are in clear contravention of equalities law.
Among those turned down for progression:
Among all respondents:
ATL General Secretary Mary Bousted said: “ATL and NUT members clearly believe that linking pay and performance is not fair for teachers or pupils. School leaders and teachers are having to spend far too much valuable teaching and learning time on paperwork and admin to decide pay awards. Performance related pay is threatening collegiate working in schools, demoralising teachers who feel they have been unfairly treated and undermining the valuable contribution that performance appraisal can, and should, make to improving teaching - and pupils will lose out as a result.”
NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney said: “The NUT/ATL survey again proves that PRP is not about rewarding good work but is about unfairly denying pay rises to manage declining budgets - in ways that are clearly discriminating in many cases. The uncertainty about pay progression is putting many graduates off entering teaching or staying in teaching, and the funding crisis is clearly denying many teachers the progression that they are due. We need to remove this discredited and discriminatory pay system now.”