Hi, I would really appreciate any advice and knowledge anyone would be able to give me regarding the impending change to the Threshold process in September 2009. I have also posted this on the 'Pay and Conditions' forum to hedge my bets! Apologies to anyone who has already seen this! I have been on M6 for a few years, and due to moving schools, moving house and an assortment of other factors, I have not yet applied for threshold. I wanted to apply for it in the Autumn term next year, and had intended to utilise this time during the summer holidays to make a start on filling the application form in etc. However, if the process is due to change, then this would obvisouly be pointless. I have read something somewhere that the application process for threshold from September 2009 will be different, and now I can't find where I read this, or whether I dreamt it! I also placed a post on the TES a while ago, and received some advice then, but unfortunately, I can no longer find this post. I think that I read that moving through the Threshold will be determined through Performance Management targets and reviews instead of completing a threshold application form, as is the current process. Have I got this right? If that is so, what will happen in my case? I have been in my current school for a year, and will have a performance management review of the targets set last September in September 2009. Prior to my current school, I held 2 temporary contracts in two different schools (for 18 months) and was not PM'd. Prior to the temp contracts I held a permanent contract in a school for 5years and was PM'd there. If the Threshold is determined through PM's then I would have only recieved one (in Sept 2009) in the last 2.5 years...so what then? Can they go further back to the previous permanent contract where I was PM'd, or must the PM's be in your current school, and is there a time limit when considering/including historic Pm's? I also read somewhere that the Threshold pay awared is going to be significantly lower in September? Is this correct? I did talk to my current Headteacher when I started my current job, and she sought advice from the LEA who said that as I was unknown to the school, and had been on temporary contracts for the previous 18 months, that A) the school did not know personally of my abilities, and B) as I hadn't mentioned Threshold to the headteacher's of the schools in which I held temporary contracts, I could not use my 'evidence' from these schools. I got told to apply next academic year, which is now Sept 2009. Hence I gave up on the idea of beginning the process last year, and am now feeling as though I may well be in a catch 22 situation in applying in Sept 2009. Last question, I promise (sorrry) I realise that Threshold, should it be awarded, is backdated. But, is it backdated to when one qualified for it, in otherwords reached M6, or is it backdated to the academic year when one submits an application? If the latter, then it will be yet another year that I will miss out if I have to wait until next year in order to be PM'd twice by my current school. I have looked, in vain, on Teachernet, DCSF and the internet for any advice, policies etc regarding this change, and am getting very fustrated that I can't seem to find anything that is up to date. Perhaps I have been looking in the wrong places. Sorry for my lengthy post, but if there are any experts out there, I thought it best that I clearly painted my situation so that if anyone is kind enough to offer advice, they are able to do so with more ease. Thanks again, in advance, for your help.