A scheme designed to recognize the achievements and skills of excellent teachers by drawing upon their expertise to help other teachers to improve their effectiveness. Excellent teacher status was introduced in April 2006 as a means of rewarding teachers who wish to pursue their careers further without going into a management role in schools. In order to apply externally for an ET post, teachers must meet prescribed ET standards which are part of the government framework of professional standards for teachers. The government estimated that 5 000 teachers would apply for this route in the first year; in fact, by 2008 fewer than 40 teachers in all had qualified for excellent teacher status. Several reasons have been suggested for this, including the level of the fixed salary offered, the reluctance of teachers to put themselves forward as ‘excellent’, and the alternative route of advanced skills teacher, which offers a higher salary and the opportunity to carry out professional development work in other schools. As a consequence, in 2008 the Secretary of State for Children, Schools, and Families accepted a recommendation by the School Teachers' Review Body to review the pay scale for excellent teachers with a view to raising the upper pay limit.
http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/payandperformance/pay/excellent_teacher_scheme/ Provides information and guidance about the ETS.