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Performance management: Are you ready to change?

From September, performance-related pay is a thing of the past and this presents us with a huge opportunity to think about CPD and appraisal in a creative and innovative way. Helen Osgood advises
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Sometimes, the very mention of change stirs fear deep in the hearts of headteachers and school leaders. But in this instance, we consider the forthcoming reforms to performance-related pay to be change for good.

We have been calling for the removal of performance-related pay since it was introduced way back in 2014. Why? Quite simply because there is no evidence – and there never was – that it improves teacher performance or, more crucially, outcomes for pupils.

That some academy trusts have already realised this and have already detached pay from performance is significant because it means that improvements to the terms and conditions of teachers are being driven by the sector rather than dictated by government.

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