If I were writing a pay policy from scratch I would…


I am of the opinion that as different schools have different philosophies and ethoi there is not going to be one system that is best. It is more likely that there will be a system or set of general ideas that will result in systems that are best for the individual school.

If I were setting up a system of paying teachers from scratch the first thing I would do is be clear about the principles and ethos of the school.

Let’s say that a hypothetical school has the following principles:

  1. All pupils have the right to feel safe.
  2. All pupils have the right to learn in a supportive environment.
  3. This school strives to ensure all pupils achieve the best results possible in the subjects that will advantage them most in the future.
  4. This school strives to give pupils opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities beyond what…

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