The first widespread incentive pay scheme was initiated in UK schools in 2000. This book is the result of monitoring the whole process from its inception.
The authors visited schools, observed lessons, and solicited the views and experiences of a large collection of teachers and headteachers. Their discoveries are presented in this lively book. They include the views of teachers who were successful in crossing the threshold, those who weren't and those who chose not to apply, and headteachers who had to make the decisions.
The book focuses on the following schemes:
* headteachers' experiences of training
* the outcomes in their own school
* their relationship with external assessors
* their hopes and fears for the future
* their assessment of the influence on classroom practice
* what did teachers change and not change in their teaching as a result of performance management
* what means they employed to further their own professional development.
This timely book is a useful resource for anyone involved in education, whether it be a classroom teacher, headteacher, administrator or policy-maker.
Ted Wragg is Emeritus Professor of Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Exeter University, where Gill Haynes and Caroline Wragg are Lecturers, and Rosemary Chamberlin is a Research Fellow.
Times Educational Supplement Book of the Week:
'this survey, sharply focused on the realities of schools and teaching and rich with glimpses of good (and occasionally spectacularly bad) practice, is much more than merely interesting reading. It's comprehensive, balanced and persuasive: a significant contribution to an important, indeed urgent, debate.' - Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement
'The book provides an extremely rich source of information on the views of teachers and headteachers toward performance related pay ... [it] is both an accessible and interesting read that will be informative for both teachers and policy makers.' - NUT Education Review