Cash bonuses for schools

School
staff in nearly 7,100 schools are to get a cash bonus for helping pupils to
achieve high or improved test results, School Standards Minister Stephen Timms
announced.

The
school achievement awards, which is open to all staff, from teachers to dinner
ladies, sees this year’s winners get about £5,500 for a typical primary school
and £25,000 for a typical secondary school.

The
cash bonuses are being awarded to:


schools where pupil performance in 2001 was substantially better than in 1998


schools where pupil performance in 2001 was better than most schools in similar
circumstances


schools that have recovered from failure and come out of special measures in
the 2000/01 school year

Mr
Timms said: "Standards are getting better year on year. It is right to
reward the staff who are doing a great job raising standards in our schools.
These awards celebrate their achievements.

"Success
in schools is achieved through a combination of good leadership, good teaching
and team work by all staff. The school achievement awards celebrate the work of
the entire school community including teachers, teaching assistants,
administrative staff and catering teams.

"Pupils,
parents and staff deserve to be proud of their school’s success. We have asked
a lot of our schools over the past four years and our schools have delivered a lot
in response. The school achievement awards recognise the hard work and
dedication of the whole school workforce in raising standards in our
schools."

The
school achievement awards scheme was launched in the December 1998 Green Paper
Teachers: meeting the challenge of change. The awards are open to all schools
in England.

www.teachernet.gov.uk/schoolachievementawards

By Quentin Reade

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