You are here:

Appraisal: stages of the cycle

Ref: 141
Last updated on 13 November 2015
School types: All · School phases: All
In-depth article
What are the main stages of the appraisal 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.

Article tools

Want to read more?

To read this article in full, sign up for a free trial of The Key.

Membership starts from £1.46 per day and includes an unlimited number of logins for all of your senior team. If you join today, we'll also waive the £100 joining fee.

Membership gives school leaders access to:


  1. 1 DfE advice: organising the appraisal cycle
  2. 2 Infographic: the appraisal cycle
  3. 3 Planning for the appraisal year: setting objectives
  4. 4 Monitoring and supporting teachers throughout the cycle
  5. 5 Reviewing at the end of the cycle
  6. 6 The appraisal cycle in practice: case study

Article features

  • 1 download
  • 10 external links

More from The Key

The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence.