Does Teachers Pay affect the behaviour and results of students?

Teaching is a big responsibility; and the need to achieve the highest successful performance is definitely a pressure on teachers, even more so when a pay rise is on the line. However, should their performance really be based on the exam results of the students or should it be based on how they actually teach? Surely giving students a proper foundation on which they can build on successfully in the future is of more importance than how they perform in a yearly test?

 

However, recent Government guidelines have suggested that teachers shouldn’t be granted pay rises and promotions if they fail to improve exam results or fail to keep behaviour in the classroom under control or to even take part in some extra curricular activities.

 

Speculation over head teachers authorising increased pay to staff that fail to keep their classroom in check or to teachers that struggle to work with rather than against their pupils, has become a real debate. Emphasis is now being placed on getting schools to assess their teaching staff relative to other staff in the school. The idea behind this being that the highest salaries should be given to the teachers who have the highest performing classes (relative to their age range and abilities). This makes sense, isn’t hard work and achievement that is gained by students reflected through the time and commitment of the teachers themselves?, and so shouldn’t they in turn be rewarded for their own hard work?

 

New regulations being suggested by the government also imply that teachers in schools should sit in their colleagues lessons and see how they teach and handle their classrooms to see if there is anything they can learn and take away to their own classrooms or to see if they have any changes to suggest to their colleagues.

 

From September head teachers will have the ability to pay their best performing teachers more money, yet still remaining in a minimum and maximum threshold. But how is the best way to judge this? Statistics seem to rule the minds of many and seems the most logical way, so in most cases the best performing classes in test and exam results are going to be the ones to receive the praise and ultimately the higher paycheck. But shouldn’t it go to the teachers that can engage with and teach their classes most effectively in the long run, regardless of their exam results?  Everyone can have a bad day or not perform so well under pressure, the most important thing is that students gain a better and more rounded understanding and foundation of learning to continue on with when the progress to their next academic year.

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