Good teachers should get more money – MP
TOP teachers should be paid more than their under-performing colleagues, a Bristol MP has said.
Charlotte Leslie said teachers who "go the extra mile" for their students should be rewarded and called for a Royal College, similar to those in medicine, to be set up.
The Conservative MP for Bristol North West sits on the Parliamentary Education Select Committee, which has produced a report calling for teachers adding the most to pupils' performance to be financially rewarded to boost recruitment.
Ms Leslie, a former pupil of independent Badminton School, said many teachers worked hard for their pupils. She said: "Should they be paid more for putting in that extra mile? I think they should."
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Calling for clear incentives to reward "excellence" in the profession, she said: "If you're going to raise the status of the profession, it doesn't seem right to overlook poor practice.
"No one tolerates a diabolical surgeon, so why on earth would you tolerate a diabolical teacher?
"We can all remember a brilliant teacher...I do not think it is wrong to want to reward people who do well."
The report calls for the DfE to develop plans for a pay system which rewards teachers who add the greatest value to pupil performance.
Christine Blower, of the National Union of Teachers, said: "Payment by results is total nonsense. Children are not tins of beans and schools are not factory production lines.
"Successful schools rely on a collegiate approach and team working. Performance-related pay is not only inappropriate but also divisive."
Children and young people differ and class intakes differ from year to year, making it impossible to measure progress in simplistic terms.
"PRP will create even more difficulties for schools facing the most challenges because teachers will realise that they will get no thanks for teaching their students but will get more money by going elsewhere."
The report also proposes sixth-formers be put in charge of lessons in "teaching taster classes" to encourage them to train as teachers.