Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:
"Performance related pay risks damaging children's education by putting off the best and brightest students from becoming teachers and demotivating current teachers.
"It has nothing to do with improving education standards, but everything to do with saving money at the expense of children.
"Since schools won't see any increase in funding it is hard to see how schools will be able to pay any of their teachers more money unless they cut the salaries or number of other teachers or other staff. It is a mystery how this will enable schools in deprived areas to attract the best teachers.
"There is, however, one glimmer of light in that Michael Gove has listened to our case for the government to work with teacher unions to draw up the detail of implementing the new pay structure. We will do everything possible to make sure the final pay system is as fair and transparent as possible."
Notes to editors
- The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
- ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
- ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.