National evaluation of teachers' pay reform


The Government has introduced substantial reforms to teachers’ pay, to give schools greater freedom to decide how much they pay teachers and how quickly pay progresses. Schools now have more flexibility to attract and retain the best teachers, and recognise and reward high performance.

What are the purposes and aims of the project?

The main purpose of this study is to track schools’ progress with implementing the pay reforms, to understand resulting changes in schools’ behaviour in relation to pay award and progression, and to identify areas of best practice. The evaluation will be undertaken between November 2014 to March 2017.

Who has commissioned NFER to carry out this work?

The Department for Education (DfE).

How have schools been selected to take part?

Nationally representative samples of primary and secondary schools have been drawn from NFER’s Register of Schools.

Do schools have to take part?

Participation in this project is optional but we hope teachers are able to support this important research – we need you to share your views and experiences!

What does taking part involve?

The evaluation involves: Telephone and online surveys of headteachers and teachers each lasting around 20 minutes.

How will schools benefit from taking part?

Schools will be provided with a summary of the main findings. Teachers who have completed the surveys have said they have found the experience has helped them reflect on their own school’s practices and policies.

How will NFER use and protect the data collected?

All information relating to this project will be kept confidential by NFER and no individual or school will be identified in any report sent to the DfE.

Who can I contact for more information?

Keren Beddow: 01753 637338,