PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY-HARD TO FIND EVIDENCE LINKING IT TO ATTAINMENT

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has just produced a report that suggests that teachers salary scales, at least in London,   have little impact  on  pupil attainment . Finding  clear causal links has always been a challenge for researchers. But  the reports   hard hitting concluding   paragraph strikes me as particularly interesting :

‘It is normal to highlight the need for more research. It is urgently needed in this area. In particular, it is vitally important to put together data that would make such research possible.The Department for Education collects data on pupil performance. It also collects data on teachers. It has consistently, and for a long period, refused to collect the necessary information that would allow these two datasets to be linked. This means that we remain largely ignorant about which are the most and least effective teachers and which policies are most effective in helping attract and retain them’

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/7127

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