DfE: Teachers' pay to be linked to performance

Under the current system, teachers progress through pay grades automatically Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Under changes unveiled by the Department for Education today, schools will be given more freedom to pay teachers according to their performance from September.

Under the current system, teachers automatically progress through pay grades depending on their length of service. But the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), which is tasked with making recommendations to the Government, has called for pay to be more closely related to performance.

STRB chair Dame Patricia Hodgson said the reforms would "help schools to recruit, retain and reward the best teachers".