HC Deb 22 January 1985 vol 71 cc854-5
13. Mr. Madel

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from the local education authorities and the teachers' trade unions in relation to the proposed new salary structure for teachers; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Keith Joseph

The proposals for salary structure reform were made by the local authority employers. A number of organisations and individuals have sent me their views on various aspects of the proposals.

Mr. Madel

Is it now accepted by the local authorities and the teachers' unions that assessment of the performance of a teacher depends very much on the needs and circumstances of the school at which he teaches and that the Government expect that to be incorporated in any new salary structure?

Sir Keith Joseph

I really cannot answer that question. I do not know whether that is widely accepted. The proposals were made by the local authority employers and, while I approve of the general drift and some of the details, I am not associated with the offer itself.

Mr. Nellist

If the Secretary of State forced through his proposals for assessment and appraisal of teachers, would the teachers being appraised have the right to see and to criticise the reports made on them? Would they also have the right to appeal against them and, if so, to whom?

Sir Keith Joseph

I am glad that the hon. Gentleman asks such relevant questions. It is to discuss all the options, including those mentioned, that the Government wish to encourage evaluations of different forms of appraisal, and stand o ready with public money to finance such experiments.