We all know that one of the concerns/benefits of the Free Schools (depending of your position) is that of FS's being able to employ unqualified teachers.
To me it's a concern, but it would be as I have spent almost all of my working life as a teacher. I spent 10 years as a teacher in private schools here in the UK most recently and I can say with authority that one of the things that parents of privately educated children will be aghast to find out is that generally teachers in the private sector are payed considerably LESS than their state counterparts. Many of the really talented, spirited teachers that I worked with either moved to another school for better pay or repatriated to the state sector for better pay. Indeed, when I left the private school where I was a Head of Department, I was making barely half of an identically skilled and experienced counterpart in the state sector.
I just wanted to make the point that schools that are free to dictate their own wage scale will obviously be able to attract the best quality staff if they choose to direct funding this way (they'd be foolish not to). Yes teaching is a vocation but remuneration will always be a factor.
So what effect will allowing Free Schools to set their own pay and conditions for teachers have on performance management and state school's ability to attract the very best teachers?