Is there a proforma for observing lessons based on the Ofsted framework? We provide a KeyDoc lesson observation form, created with our associate experts, reflecting Ofsted grade descriptors. We include advice on observing lessons and a case study from a teaching school, explaining the forms it uses.
How can I appraise the performance of a deputy headteacher? This article relays advice from one of our associate experts on performance management for deputy headteachers. It also looks at standards for appraising deputy headteachers’ performance, and points to further articles from The Key.
Do you have a performance management checklist? We have worked with one of our associate education experts to create a downloadable performance management checklist. In the article, we explain what is expected by Ofsted and provide information about the appraisal cycle.
Is there advice on performance management for midday supervisors? This article has examples of potential targets and performance objectives, as well as professional standards these staff can be measured against. It also includes a downloadable KeyDoc form for observing midday supervisors.
How can we manage appraisal for staff who have been on maternity leave? This article cites advice from the DfE, ACAS and one of our associate education experts on managing appraisal and pay progression when staff have been on maternity leave. You will also find examples of pay policies.
Do support staff need to receive formal performance management? The DfE explains that there is no statutory requirement relating to support staff, but it is good practice. This article relays guidance on aspects such as appointing appraisers and dealing with underperformance.
What standards are used to assess early years teachers? We explain that all teachers in maintained schools must be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. We also look at whether academies are required to use the Teachers' Standards, and at using the early years Teachers' Standards for appraisal.
How can I do performance management for administrative staff? This article outlines advice from an associate practitioner from NASBM, and includes KeyDoc proformas for performance management of support staff. It also points to suggested objectives and standards for administrative staff.
Is there guidance on SBM performance management? We relay advice from a teaching school and NASBM on appraisal of school business managers, and refer to NASBM's professional standards. We also include advice from one of our associate education experts on evaluating progress towards objectives.
Must we do appraisal for teaching assistants (TAs)? This article explains that there are no statutory requirements for the performance management of school support staff, but that it is good practice. It relays advice from one of our associate education experts on appraisal for TAs.
Are there any performance management forms for support staff? One of our associate education experts has created downloadable templates of annual and mid-year performance review forms. We also link to examples of proformas from local authorities and related materials from schools.
Is there advice on performance management for school caretakers? We relay guidance from a practitioner on appraisal and setting objectives for caretakers and premises managers. You will also find examples of objectives and standards for caretakers and an example of an appraisal form.
A new bill would give regional schools commissioners (RSCs) the power to force schools to academise. However, there are fears that this would create a conflict of interests, since RSCs are currently judged on how many local schools convert.
How does appraisal for teaching assistants work? This article answers frequently asked questions about the performance management of teaching assistants (TAs), including whether TAs should be appraised, observing TAs, and line managers for TAs.
How should we present performance management information to Ofsted? We explain that performance management information should be presented to inspectors in an anonymised format. We also include advice on what information to include, as well as KeyDoc templates for presenting this data to Ofsted.
How do schools handle performance management for support staff? This article features case studies from two primary schools and an all-through special school. We also link to case studies and guidance from two LAs and relay advice from one of our associate education experts on this topic.
Are NQTs subject to performance management arrangements? This article looks at the appraisal regulations, and statutory guidance on newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction. It also looks at guidance on assessing NQTs, and whether NQTs are entitled to a pay rise after completing induction.
How much non-contact time should subject leaders get? This article looks at leadership and management time for teachers under the STPCD, with guidance on how much time to allow, and examples of how much time schools allocate. It also features a case study on using management time.
Are there examples of toolkits for managing behaviour? We point to toolkits for managing classroom behaviour, including challenging and consistently poor behaviour. This article also includes a video about another approach to behaviour management, and links to further tips and resources.