Resigned Compliance: Teacher Attitudes Towards Performance Related Pay in Schools

Catherine Farrell, Jonathan Morris

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    This article reports on the introduction of performance-related pay (PRP) in schools in Wales. Specifically, it evaluates the attitudes of teachers to PRP by means of a large-scale questionnaire survey. The results suggest a strong antipathy to PRP for school teachers on the basis that it would be divisive and difficult to implement. In particular, teachers felt that it would be problematic to isolate the performance of individual teachers and deleterious to collegiality and teamwork in schools. Moreover, teachers were critical of the methods of assessment, differences between schools, the potential for subjectivity and favouritism, the negative effect on morale and the bureaucratic burden.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)81-104
    JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • Teachers
    • Schools
    • Perfomrance Related Pay


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