Performance pay for teachers

In the private system at least there is performance pay:

Almost half of the head teachers moved up three or more salary bands in three years – the equivalent of a pay rise of at least £20,000. Three heads took pay rises in excess of £50,000.

The number of senior teachers earning more than £60,000 has increased from 372 to 759 in the period.

The salary deals, set by a school’s board of governors, are recorded within bands of £10,000 and include basic pay and pension plus taxable benefits such accommodation, health care or cars.

Tony Little, the headmaster of Eton College since 2002, saw his pay deal increase from £170-180,000 to £200-210,000 in the period. More than 140 staff earned over £60,000, up from 100 in 2007. The school charges fees of £30981 a year.

“Eton College seeks to employ the very best teachers and has a remuneration structure designed to attract and retain them,” said Janet Walker, the school bursar.

“In recent years, with government-led changes in the education sector, including competitive remuneration for head teachers recruited to improve the performance of state schools and the introduction of Academies, the demand for outstanding senior staff has increased considerably.”

Bernice McCabe, headmistress of North London Collegiate School, was one of the best paid teachers in the country. School accounts show her remuneration package rose from £120-129,000 in 2007 to £240-250,000 in 2010, including £62,000 of accommodation and services.

The school, whose alumnae include Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, and Rachel Weisz, the actress, charges £13572 a year. The number of teachers earning more than £60,000 rose from 6 to 32 in the period.

“In order to provide the outstanding education that the school offers it is essential that the school recruits and retains the best teachers. Our parents expect this, and it is important that the salary scale remains competitive,” said Graham Partington, the bursar. He said the school had not declared accommodation benefits in accounts prior to 2008.

Some are whinging but I doubt their whines will gain much traction. With performance pay comes the expectation of…well…performance. There doesn;t look to me an uprising from parents rather from commentators in the sector. Probably the usual suspects.

At Hurstpierpoint College, which charges boarding fees of £27750 a year, headmaster Tim Manly’s pay and benefits rose from £80-90,000 to £130-140,000. He said school governors tied his salary to increasing pupil numbers and exam results. “My pay is linked very much to performance, rather than a ‘Oh, he’s been here another year, let’s put his pay up’,” he said.

Time for a policy such as this in New Zealand


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