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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.

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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.
MPs have recommended that teachers' pay should be more closely linked to the value they add to pupil performance so that the best are rewarded while the weakest are discouraged from staying in the profession.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, criticised the measure, saying it was wrong to pay one teacher more than another for success that was due to the efforts of everyone in the school.
Free pre-school education for poorest toddlers
Free pre-school education is being extended to two-year-old children in the poorest areas of the country to boost their chances in life.

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.
More than 800,000 three and four year olds nationally are currently eligible for 15 hours per week of free early education. The plan had been to extend this to 150,000 two year olds from the poorest families from September 2013, rising to around 260,000 in the following year. However, Mr Clegg said that a £3million trial – affecting around 1,000 children - will now start in September in 10 trial areas.

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.
The news came as a Government review is expected to say that people from poorer backgrounds from the North are least likely to get ahead in their careers in Britain. The social mobility study by former Labour Cabinet minister Alan Milburn found that eight out of 10 new jobs which will be created in Britain over next decade will be white collar roles.
He warned that many people from poorer backgrounds will lose out, in part because employer were recruiting from only fraction of the UK’s top universities. Most of the best graduate jobs with the top employers were also concentrated in the south-east of England.

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
Education watchdog Ofsted is to introduce "almost no notice" inspections in England, calling head teachers the day before arriving.

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.
The revised plan will mean "inspectors calling head teachers the afternoon before an inspection takes place". Ofsted says this will give schools a day's notice to make "logistical arrangements including notifying parents and governors of the inspection".
The new arrangements will mean a tougher approach to how schools are described by inspectors. The "satisfactory" grade will no longer be satisfactory - and instead is going to become "requires improvement". Schools in this category will be re-inspected within two years - and if a school has not risen to "good" at a third inspection, it faces being deemed inadequate and placed in "special measures".

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."

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