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  • Agreeing performance objectives with teachers Do the appraiser and the appraisee have to agree on objectives? This article looks at who has the final decision about a teacher's performance objectives. It also relays advice from One Education and the union Voice on dealing with disagreements.
  • Appraisal: 360-degree feedback form Download our template form for gathering 360-degree feedback for staff performance reviews, and save yourself some time if you're making your own.
  • Appraisal and maternity leave Get tips on how to conduct performance management for staff on maternity leave, including how to schedule meetings and what points to consider during appraisal.
  • Appraisal: stages of the cycle What are the main stages of the performance management process? We outline the key phases as suggested in the DfE's optional model policy for teacher appraisal. We also include a case study of how one teaching school manages its appraisal cycle.
  • Line management of middle leaders How can senior leaders manage middle leaders effectively? One of our associate education experts suggests how line managers can prepare for and conduct effective meetings with middle leaders. We also include a case study looking at line management of middle leaders in a secondary school.
  • Mid-year performance review proformas Are there examples of mid-year review proformas? This article features a downloadable KeyDoc proforma for a mid-year review, and links to examples from schools and a local authority. We also include advice on preparing for mid-year reviews from one of our associate education experts.
  • Performance management checklists Use our checklists to make sure your performance management process follows good practice and your line managers know what’s expected of them. If you’re in a maintained school, they’ll keep you compliant with the regulations you must follow.
  • School staff appraisal: requirements and approaches What are the requirements for appraisal of staff? What is good practice? We look at the requirement to annually appraise teachers in maintained schools, and at examples of arrangements for teachers in academies, as well as support staff. We also include a case study from a teaching school.
  • Setting performance objectives for different career stages How are objectives set for teachers at different career stages? Four of our associate experts suggest ways to base objectives on career stage expectations, and how to set challenging objectives for more-experienced teachers. A KeyDoc sets out objectives for different parts of the pay range.
  • Staff feedback forms: appraisal process Are there forms for gathering feedback on the appraisal process? We worked with one of our associate experts to create a downloadable KeyDoc form for asking for feedback from staff on the appraisal process. We also point to an example of a form from ACAS.
  • Teacher appraisal and capability: requirements What are the current appraisal arrangements for teachers? This article summarises the main requirements of the regulations on appraisal and capability procedures, explains whether mid-year appraisals are needed, and links to model policies from The Key.
  • Teacher appraisal reports: template and guidance Use our downloadable report template when appraising your teachers, to help review their progress and plan for the year ahead. You'll also find out what appraisal reports need to contain, and guidance to support you in completing them.
  • Teacher on a page: template Find our downloadable 'teacher on a page' report that you can use to track a teacher's performance across an appraisal cycle.