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Still searching for the evidence? Evidence-based policy, performance pay and teachers

Farrell, Catherine ORCID: and Morris, Jonathan Llewellyn ORCID: 2009. Still searching for the evidence? Evidence-based policy, performance pay and teachers. Journal of Industrial Relations 51 (1) , pp. 75-94. 10.1177/0022185608099666

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The evidence based policy (EBP) movement became prominent in the UK in the late 1990s, portrayed as an ideology-free method of policy development and implementation. This article assesses the EBP claims by analysing a case study of one piece of policy implementation, namely the introduction of performance-related pay (PRP) for schoolteachers in England and Wales. Using primary and secondary sources, the article argues that while previous evidence was brought into the policy development processes, it was largely ignored. Indeed, prosaic political considerations may well have shaped the policy. Indeed, the teachers' attitudes towards PRP suggest that few of the objectives will be met.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-based policy ; Performance related pay ; Teachers ; UK
Publisher: Wiley: No OnlineOpen / SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0022-1856
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:08

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