A number of sixth form colleges are attempting to impose ALPS grades as a college-wide indicator of performance and therefore pay progression. Some colleges have tried to impose a system which uses the ALPS grade 5 or below as a trigger for performance management.
There are a number of common sense objections to such moves which will be familiar in schools and colleges. The NEU is opposed to uniform targets as a matter of principle, as they can rarely be a fair reflection of the efforts and impact of members. We are also opposed to numerical targets in general, in the context of PRP, and we have won agreements in many colleges which avoid these altogether.
However, many principals will argue that ALPS must have a role as a robust and reliable benchmarking system, regardless of the specific demands then placed on an individual teacher.