Just in case you missed it, here are the questions on education in today's Yougov poll
(p9-10) for the Sunday Times. They indicate public support for the teaching unions, and back up Alistair Campbell's assertion
that Gove may delight the media but is out of touch with the public.
The message is clear: The clear majority, 63% of those expressing an opinion, believe the "teaching unions are right" and the government should listen more to them. The figures are closer on the specific issue of performance pay but there is still a majority against Gove.
Thinking about the role of teachers' Trade Unions, which of the following best reflects your view?
Teaching unions are right in most of their concerns about education policy and schools, and the government should listen more to them: 45%
Teaching unions are an obstacle to necessary reforms in education and schools, and the government should take a hard line against them: 26%
(Neither, 11%; Don't know 17%)
Would you support or oppose a ban on teachers taking strike action?
Support a ban: 31%
Oppose a ban: 51%
(Don't know: 19%)
Currently teachers are paid according to national pay scales, based on their experience and duties. The government have proposed changing the rules so that headteachers will be able to pay teachers within bands based on their performance. Which of the following best reflects your view?
Teachers should be paid according to national pay scales, based on their experience and duties: 48%
Headteachers should be able to set their teachers' salaries within national scales based on their performance: 43%
(Don't know: 9%)
My thanks to @timjhorton for alerting me to the poll.