The best thing about this step towards performance pay is that the unions pushed for it themselves.
Union pushed for the allowance but says members do not see it as the start of performance-based pay
A pay deal has been signed between the union representing primary and intermediate teachers and the Government to introduce an allowance for 800 expert teachers worth $4 million, the start of performance pay.
Principals will endorse teachers who meet a set of criteria judged against the New Zealand curriculum and they will be assessed by a panel of people who are yet to be decided.
The union, New Zealand Educational Institute, say they took the idea of an allowance to reward experienced teaching staff to the Education Ministry in its pay negotiation round, asking for as many allowances as possible.
So it turns out you can find out who the best teachers are…despite the teacher unions telling us for years that performance pay couldn’t be implemented because there was no way to tell a good teacher from an average teacher…now all of a sudden they have found out you can.
The “advanced classroom expertise teacher allowance” was agreed to by the ministry, but was capped at 800 eligible teachers.
By 2015, 800 teachers across 2000 primary and intermediate schools will be paid an allowance of $5000 a year – worth $4 million.
The allowances will be contestable – if a teacher stops meeting the criteria or leaves the school it will stop.
So it is measurable…and based on performance…awesome.
NZEI’s president Judith Nowotarski confirmed the new bonus scheme was the union’s idea and she could see how it looked like the start of performance pay in the education sector in New Zealand. “It’s difficult because there’s a number on it.
“I think it could look like performance pay if you don’t take into consideration the development behind it and its intent.”
She also confirmed new and entry-level teachers could take a cut, receiving lower pay scale increases.
“In negotiations compromises have to occur.”
Bwahaha…explaining is losing…nice of the NZEI though to throw new members under the bus to protect the long serving members.
Hekia Parata should get a wriggle on and start implementing full performance pay across the sector.