Why does the Department for Education persist in asserting that the introduction of Performance Related Pay for teachers will enable heads to reward the best teachers? The bottom line is, there is no more money in the system so ‘the best’ teachers (whoever they are) can be paid more only if other teachers are paid less or, as has now been admitted, if the school employs fewer teachers. Your favourite OFSTED chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has stated quite clearly that in order for heads to introduce this regime (and not to do so would be ‘illegal’ according to the OTHER Michael!) they will have to persuade their staff that class sizes will have to rise. That’ll improve education standards, won’t it!