Learning walks: how-to guidePlan and carry out a successful learning walk with our downloadable checklist, and use our suggested questions to interrogate the evidence and come up with future actions.
Learning walks: templatesUse our downloadable template to carry out a learning walk that covers key areas of provision and takes into account Ofsted inspection criteria. There are also more specific templates for learning walks that focus on the EYFS, SEN provision, behaviour and the school environment.
Lesson observations: how-to guide and templatesUpdatedGet to grips with how to carry out successful lesson observations. Use our lesson observation templates, 2 of which are based on Ofsted inspection criteria, our template feedback form for staff, and a spreadsheet to keep track of observations throughout the school year.
Proforma for observing teaching assistantsUse our downloadable proforma for observing teaching assistants (TAs) to help you maximise their impact in your school. The proforma draws on the professional standards for TAs.
Appraisal: 360-degree feedback formDownload our template form for gathering 360-degree feedback for staff performance reviews, and save yourself some time if you're making your own.
Appraisal: stages of the cycleSee the key phases of the performance management cycle as suggested in the DfE's optional model policy for teacher appraisal.
Appraising staff on maternity leaveUnderstand your legal responsibilities for performance managing teachers on maternity leave, and get tips on how to schedule meetings and set appraisal targets.
Line management meetings with middle leadersRead expert advice on how senior leaders can prepare for and hold effective meetings with middle leaders, and download an example line management meeting planner for an academic year.
Performance management: checklistsShare our checklist with your line managers so they know what’s expected of them. Plus, audit your whole-school performance management procedures, so you can make sure you're compliant.
Career stage expectations for senior leadersAre there any career stage expectation grids for senior leaders? We worked with one of our associate education experts to produce illustrative career stage expectations for deputy and assistant headteachers and SENCOs. You will also find leaders’ standards from a school.
Performance management of EYFS teachersAll teachers in maintained schools must be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, including EYFS teachers. See guidance on assessing EYFS teachers in maintained schools and academies, and read a summary of the early years Teachers' Standards.
Professional standards for SBMsThere are no required standards you must use when appraising school business managers, but you may find ISBL's standards helpful. Find a link to these, as well as a skills audit based on them.
Professional standards for school administrative staffAre there examples of professional standards for school administrative staff? One of our associate education experts suggests examples of professional standards for three roles. We also refer to standards from two local authorities and the National College of Teaching and Leadership.
Professional standards for school leadersProfessional standards for headteachers are set out in the 2020 Headteachers' Standards. Read expert advice on how other school leaders – including SBMs and heads of school – can use the standards, alongside other resources.
Assistant headteacher: criteria for outstanding performanceYou should be able to judge what 'outstanding performance' looks like for an assistant headteacher. We set out descriptions of outstanding performance against the Teachers' Standards for you to look through, as well as other examples of descriptors in areas such as managing CPD and pastoral care.
Deputy headteacher appraisalMake sure you're prepared for your deputy headteacher's appraisal by considering objectives, development opportunities and professional standards.
SLT appraisal: 360-degree feedbackAre there examples of 360-degree feedback tools? We include a 360-degree feedback form for headteachers, which you can download and adapt, and a feedback form for school business managers. You will also find links to commercial providers of 360-degree feedback tools.
The headteacher appraisal processPrepare for your headteacher appraisal by familiarising yourself with the whole process, and use our templates to review objectives and track progress.
Performance management of midday supervisorsIs 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.
Performance management of support staffYou're not required to conduct formal appraisals for school support staff, but it is good practice. Read guidance on how to manage this process, including appointing appraisers and dealing with underperformance.
Performance management proformas for support staffAre 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 a local authority and related materials from schools.
School office: improving efficiencyHow can we improve management of the school office? Two of our associate education experts offer advice on how to improve efficiency in the school office. We also link to training and resources on leadership, line management and effective school office management.
Teaching assistants: appraisalYou don't need to do performance management for teaching assistants (TAs), but it is good practice. Find guidance on arranging the process, setting objectives and standards, and gathering evidence ahead of the appraisal meeting.
Monitoring teaching and learning: using a range of evidenceHow can I assess teaching by looking at a range of evidence? This article relays advice from 3 of our associate education experts on triangulating evidence from a range of sources. It also features a downloadable KeyDoc with suggested criteria for assessing teacher performance.
Teacher appraisal: self-review questionnaireIs there a self-review questionnaire for teacher appraisals? One of The Key's associate education experts, Bernard Abrams, suggests a list of questions that teachers can use for self review before appraisal meetings. We also look at self-review forms from a local authority.
Capability action plan: template and guidanceBe confident going into your meeting with an underperforming teacher. Read our walk-through of how the meeting will run and download our template capability action plan, so you can feel prepared for this difficult conversation.
Capability procedures: sharing informationWhether or not you must declare when a teacher has been dismissed due to capability depends on the type of school. Read guidance, including advice from the DfE, ASCL and our associate education experts, and learn how the rules are different for support staff.