Nine months ago Michael Gove, the education secretary,...
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Teachers should work longer hours if they want a payrise
Sir Michael said inspectors will now mark down schools that increase the pay of teachers who persist in being “out the gate at 3 o’clock”. The chief inspector of schools for England said he expected teachers to “go the extra mile” for children, including staying on beyond the end of the school day.
They should be particularly willing to help pupils in poor areas, he suggested, with head teachers and governors now obliged to justify staff pay rises. Sir Michael, head of Ofsted, said “something is wrong” with pay rises being awarded to more experienced teachers regardless of their performance.
He also said teachers who are unwilling to act as surrogate parents to pupils in poor areas who lacked support at home did not deserve a salary increase. “It's about recognising those people who do go the extra mile,” he said.
His comments have already been met by criticism by teachers’ leaders, who have accused him of appearing to be “at war with teachers in this country”. Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, told the newspaper: “We don’t want a system where head teachers pick and choose favourites for pay rises.”