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Threshold denied

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by polster, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Hello
    If a member of staff has met all of their performance management targets, can they be denied threshold?
    The reason given for turning them down was 'A period of support', where they agreed to be observed once a week for a half-term. Their lessons ended up with 1s and 2s after this period, and their line manager signed off on their PM.
    Anyone know?
    Thank you in advance.
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Yes, is the PM targets don't encompass all the 10 Post Threshold standards. Those on M5 and M6 need to make sure that their PM targets will allow them to have success criteria for all the standards for passing Threshold.
    I applied in Round 9, with the old application form and was denied Threshold. Apparently being used (supply position) to support the phased return of the teacher whose timetable I'd been covering for almost a year (me continuing to do most of the teaching and her watching to get back in the swing of things) ... and planning her OFSTED lessons for her... and writing her reports for her was not sufficient evidence of meeting Standard 10 (supporting professional development of colleagues).
    As it was not my specialist subject I was apparently out of order and presumptious to even think that I could claim to have added any value on the subject specific standards and it was deemed ridiculous that a specialist teacher would have needed the help of a non-specialist on lesson planning.
    The schools had used me for the better part of three years on long and short term bookings and I'd lost my preferred teacher status with other schools because I was never available. Many staff were surprised when the learned that I was a daily paid supply teacher.
    The bookings stopped in the latter part of the summer term after I'd submitted my application in the May. No more bookings materialised in the September/October. I was always the school's first choice for late requests as I could get there in 10 minutes and was confident in many subject areas.
    Passing Round 9 would have meant backdated pay of about £1k for the 08/09 school year. Go figure!
  3. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    hmmm, almost impossible to do: surely all those learning walks, drop-in observations , monitoring exercises must throw up some kind of evidence of a teacher performing at a Threshold level. By that argument, any school NOT including an objective for an M5/6 teacher coaching/mentoring a colleague could have a pay grievance taken out against them for obstructing the teacher in reaching P10??
  4. mrkeys

    mrkeys Occasional commenter

    I do remember working in a school when Threshold first arose. Staff development was a key feature of the school improvement and consequently sessions were runto ensure that staff were adequately prepared to go through threshold.
    That school valued and supported the staff.
    That was a few years ago and forms were needed etc.
    I suspect that some schools wish to keep their salary costs down.

    If threshold progression is refused, reasons should be given in writing and a plan drawn up to improve.
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    It's not necessarily that improvements are required though. The new way of adjudicating Threshold applications for most teachers relies on PM reviews evidencing everything. Teachers on M5 just need to make sure that each of their targets over 2 years will allow success criteria to be demonstrated for all 10 Post Threshold standards.
    On the old application form, which was a nightmare to compile, the teacher made statements backing up their achievement of the said standards and kept a portfolio in case hard evidence was requested to prove the statements made.
    Teachers now need to be vigilant avout the targets they get and the wording of the assessment of those targets. They need things like 'success / successfully completed/ fully achieved' included.
  6. mrkeys

    mrkeys Occasional commenter

    I really wanted to write ... 'to ensure success', but knew that would attract criticism!
    I do agree that it is vital that PM of M5 and M6 is done well and allows progression. In a sense it is the reviewers responsibility to ensure that the evidence is there.

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