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Pay freeze after poor school inspection reports
Teachers could have their pay frozen after school inspections under new Ofsted measures aimed at linking salaries with the quality of classroom performance.
Announcing the changes, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, said Ofsted will "consider whether there is a correlation between the quality of teaching and salary progression".
Inspectors will look at anonymous information about the performance management of all teachers in schools they visit to ensure that heads are using pay to raise standards, Ofsted says. But inspectors will not be able to influence the salary of individual teachers.
In a speech in February, the chief inspector said heads should only approve salary increases for the most hardworking teachers. "The thing that irritates good teachers, people who work hard and go the extra mile, is seeing the people that don't do that being rewarded," Wilshaw said.
Nick Clegg, the deputy Prime Minister, will also say today that parents of children on free places can drop their children earlier and collect them later. Mr Clegg said the changes were designed to help children from the poorest backgrounds get the best start in life.
The time when parents can pick up and drop children is also being increased from 8am to 7am, and from 6pm to 7pm, to suit better parents work commitments.
Parents will also be able to spread their free nursery places over two, rather than three, days, which will allow them to leave their children for longer on individual days.
Some professions – such as politics and the law – were becoming more elitist, and were virtually shut off to people from working class backgrounds.
Ofsted's one-day school inspection warning
This follows the retreat from the earlier proposal to have school inspections without any warning at all. Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is setting out changes to the inspection system to be introduced from September - after the consultation process launched in February.
The original proposal for inspectors to arrive unannounced proved highly controversial with head teachers. But Education Secretary Michael Gove signalled at a head teachers' conference that such no-notice inspections would not go ahead.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: "Ofsted's plan for inspections will set a clear benchmark so that head teachers and teachers recognise what it takes to be a high performing school as well as knowing what needs to be done where improvement is necessary."