UK teachers don't like the direction their government is taking.

UK government push for performance pay

Mary Fogarty
Research Officer

The British Government is pushing ahead with performance-related pay despite international evidence showing that it doesn’t work, creates unnecessary bureaucracy and is divisive.

The new system will dismantle the national pay framework and get each school to develop its own pay system, meaning scarce resources will be diverted from teaching and learning.

National Union of Teachers members are threatening to strike if the government doesn’t respond positively to teachers’ concerns. They feel the policy is not only detrimental to the profession but pose a serious risk to high quality education.

The UK Government has rushed changes to the curriculum and examinations and is introducing a range of tests and targets.

Teachers and parents are also critical of the UK Government’s approach to school place planning and millions of pounds being spent on new "free schools" where there is often no need. Teachers are critical of the increasing employment of unqualified teachers in these "free schools".

According to Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, two in five teachers leave the profession within five years of starting teaching. A UK Government survey showed that primary teachers worked nearly 60 hours per week and secondary teachers nearly 56 hours. Teachers have also been told they will need to work to 68 in order to qualify for the full pension.