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PRP 'in chaos'

Discussion in 'Education news' started by lanokia, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter


    The majority of teachers are still waiting to learn if their salaries will rise this year as schools continue to struggle with budget cuts and confusion over pay policy, a major new survey reveals.

    Unions said new freedoms for schools to decide details of pay rises had led to a “Wild West” situation, whereby fewer teachers have been told about their pay awards because of inconsistent guidance and budget pressures.

    One headteachers’ union said schools might be failing to award pay rises to avoid creating “division” among staff and also suggested that some of the uncertainty was down to bureaucratic delays.

    The survey, produced by the NASUWT teaching union, shows that a majority of teachers (57 per cent) had not received, or had not had confirmed, a 1 per cent cost-of-living rise. Official guidance says schools must offer this rise to the highest and lowest earners in most teaching pay ranges. For other teachers, the rise is now at the discretion of the school.

    Meanwhile, 37 per cent of teachers eligible for performance-related pay progression within their pay scales were yet to hear a decision about their salaries. Some 10 per cent of those polled have had it refused.

    The survey of more than 6,700 teachers also reveals that only one in 20 of the top-ranking mainscale teachers eligible for a special 2 per cent rise – designed to increase staff retention – had actually been granted it so far this year.

    The survey results, shared exclusively with TES, were disclosed as the government reiterated its case for “continued pay restraint” alongside “additional flexibilities for schools and incentives to recognise performance” in evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), which advises ministers on pay.

    What's that? A half baked system introduced on the fly by a government trying to save money and drive out experienced teachers has hit a few snags in a world of budget cuts?

    No... how could such a thing happen...

    FrankWolley and cissy3 like this.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    We heard we had got our 1% rise on Friday

    It's about an extra £1.20 a day for me !
  3. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    All my staff got their 1% pay rise in September. However as I am top of my pay scale at L18 I didn't qualify for one. The HT down the road is also L18 but as she is not top of her scale she got the 1% pay rise.

    Complain to the NAHT - complete waste of time.
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Don't spend it all at once!
  5. JessicaRabbit1

    JessicaRabbit1 Senior commenter

    We had the 1% in September to be fair. However I have yet to hear about any other rise related to PRP. We have had no performance management this term at all, no appraisal, nothing, just weeks and weeks of learning walks and observations to suit the DfE and our academy sponsor, most of these with no feedback. They are happy to check up on us when it suits them but no other reason. God forbid we be eligible for a pay rise.

    I am leaving in 5 days and I cannot wait.
  6. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    My place - 1% uplift paid in October, PRP rises in November.
  7. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Is this really true? Certainly the top end of the pay ranges has moved up, but I know of no official guidance which says that somebody at the top end has to stay there. Much as I think that everybody who is doing OK should get the rise.
  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    That is shocking... is no-one getting any feedback? Not even a vague nod in the direction of 'raising standards' or 'improving practice'?

    Weigh the pig, measure the pig... don't fatten the pig.
    Compassman likes this.
  9. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  11. NQT1986

    NQT1986 Occasional commenter

    No teachers were given a 1% pay rise at my school, nobody has moved up an increment on the pay spine and nobody who applied to go through threshold was successful this year.

    But on the bright side....the head saved enough money to hire ANOTHER non-teaching assistant head! Every cloud and all that...

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