A lot of teachers don’t want to talk about performance related pay because of the shame attached to not getting an increment. A lot of people don’t even talk to their colleagues about it for fear of being seen as a bad teacher. Often they don’t make an appeal when they should. Being a teacher is an integral part of who you are, it’s not just a job. If you’re told that your lessons aren’t of a high enough standard or you haven’t got the grades to fulfil the targets and you don’t get your pay progression then you’re going to want to keep it very quiet. It can be very demoralising.

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