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Last reviewed on 25 March 2021
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Get an overview of the requirements for appraising your staff, plus case studies and links to more detailed guidance on appraising teachers and support staff.

Teachers are normally appraised annually

Maintained schools
This is always true for maintained schools, which must follow the requirements of the Education (School Teachers' Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012 to appraise performance every year. The same rules apply to unattached teachers employed by a local authority.

You must have an appraisal policy for teachers, which sets out details of your approach (see the link to our model policy below).

Read our article on teacher appraisal requirements for more details about appraisals in maintained schools.

The 2012 appraisal regulations do not apply in academies, including free schools, and other independent schools. However, the DfE confirms in its guidance on teacher appraisal and capability that it’s good practice for academies to follow the appraisal regulations and clearly set out the school’s appraisal process.

Use our teacher appraisal policy and checklist to make sure your policy covers everything

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