Performance pay for teachers – My letter to The Telegraph

SIR – Unfortunately the introduction of performance pay for teachers is simply a cost cutting measure hiding behind the premise that it will raise teaching standards. Maybe in the world of business, where money is the motivator, rewarding performance with pay works (even though numerous studies show the contrary). But teachers are concerned with the education and success of their pupils, something which should be above being quantified in remunerations, and attempting to do so will lead to contempt amongst the majority and not higher performance.
In addition, I fear that the finalised appraisal criteria will be so difficult for teachers to hit that only the very best will see their pay increased, leaving others to fall behind inflation. Sure this will reward some, but will penalise most, whilst certainly cutting costs.
Nathan Kempster