A quarter of teachers refused a salary increase, market research discovers

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30th January 2015 15:13 - Education

A recent survey of 5,000 teachers, by the NUT teaching union, has revealed that as a result of a new and controversial pay-by-performance A quarter of teachers refused a salary increase, market research discoversscheme, over 25% of teachers are being denied a pay rise.

Despite the Department for Education’s call for a ‘no surprises’ approach to teachers’ salaries, approximately 90% of teachers, who were denied a pay rise, were not warned in advance.

It was found that those most likely to miss out on a pay rise were primary school teachers and teachers of an ethnic minority.

Of the respondents who had been told the outcome of their pay review, 28% were not given a pay rise. The figures grew amongst Asian and black teachers, with 40% and 34% being denied a pay rise, respectively.

Of the teachers who were not granted a salary increase, 89% felt that the decision was unfair and 88% were no pre-warned of the decision.

Michael Gove, former education secretary contacted the unions in 2014 emphasising the Department for Education’s “expectation that schools operate a ‘no surprises’ policy at the end of the reporting year in the context of appraisal and pay determinations”. He also suggested that schools should give their staff “appropriate and proportionate evidence” to justify their decisions.

However, the findings of NUT’s survey have indicated a sentiment of disapproval and dissatisfaction towards the scheme, which outlines that every school should set up a policy to correlate a teacher’s pay with their performance.

Approximately 50% of the sample deemed the policy of their workplace to be unfair and 60% believed that the policy has “undermined appraisal for professional development purposes”.

An alternative survey, conducted on behalf of TES, showed that almost 50% of head teachers were not happy with their latest salary increase.

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