Tower Hamlets head backs bigger pay for best teachers

A primary headteacher has backed a government plan giving schools the power to reward the best teachers with fatter pay packets.

Amanda Phillips, who is headteacher at Old Ford Primary in Bow and Culloden Primary in Poplar, is among those supporting education secretary Michael Gove’s plan to give schools more power to reward their best staff.

She said: “Bringing better teachers into schools and removing underperforming teachers will have a positive impact on the quality of teaching in schools, which will in turn improve pupils’ standards and overall performance.

“We have always worked on the principle that you will be remunerated for doing a good job.”

Under the department for education’s proposals, teachers who meet certain criteria could be in line for a pay rise of between £3,000 and 5,500 per year – as opposed to the £1,495 they would have received in the past.