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Monday, January 25, 1999 Published at 17:02 GMT


Pay sums 'do not add up'

Teachers will be offered higher salaries if their pupils do well

Plans to introduce performance-related pay for teachers are seriously flawed, according to the UK's largest classroom union.

The government says its proposals will eventually allow a majority of teachers in England to earn salaries of up to £35,000.

But the National Union of Teachers, which is opposed to any proposals which link teachers' pay to the performance of pupils, argues that the figures do not add up.

[ image: Doug McAvoy:
Doug McAvoy: "The government's consultation is a sham, the proposals a deception and its figures flawed"
Its General Secretary, Doug McAvoy, warned members not to be tempted to back the deal by the prospect of higher salaries.

If a majority of teachers were to benefit, he said, it would cost considerably more than the £1 billion ministers have allocated over the next two years.

He also attacked the government's consultation exercise on the proposals, which are contained in a Green Paper published late last year.

"The government's Green Paper and its consultation exercise is dishonest," said Mr McAvoy.

"It does not ask teachers what they think of performance-related pay, nor does it tell them that performance-related pay will be rationed.

"No matter how good a teacher is, if the rationed funds are used up, the payment won't be made."

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