Do not implement performance pay for teachers.
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There is a raft of research to show that performance pay does not work. Furthermore, it can lower performance. This is not what New Zealand students deserve. Students deserve fairly paid, supported teachers with access to good resources and who are trained well.
The key problems with performance pay, as shown by much quality research, are:
- Performance pay creates barriers to teamwork and creativity, and means teachers are less likely to ask for help or share best practice. These are all absolutely essential in teaching.
- Performance pay is difficult to measure – faulty systems for judging who is/is not a good teacher are very destructive.
- Performance pay takes no account of factors outside the control of the teacher.
- Performance pay motivates employees to focus only on doing what they need to do to gain the rewards, at the expense of doing other things that would help their students, the school, and the system as a whole.
- Performance pay has a destructive effect on intrinsic motivation.
- Performance pay has negative effects on workers’ self-esteem.
In summary, performance pay stands in the way of the very things schools need to work well. Teachers want to do a good job - they do not want performance pay, and the idea should be scrapped.
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