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Last reviewed on 6 February 2018
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Are there any performance objectives for a head or deputy head of subject? We suggest some performance objectives, along with success criteria and monitoring arrangements, that may be suitable. They cover areas such as pupil progress, interventions and differentiation.

The performance objectives below, together with the related success criteria and monitoring arrangements, have been suggested by Gulshan Kayembe, one of The Key's associate education experts.

Gulshan says these objectives could be used for either a head or a deputy head of subject and would also be suitable for a director of learning of a curriculum area.

Pupil progress


The head/deputy head of subject will implement strategies to improve the performance of pupils so that a specified percentage (X%) make significant progress in the subject area between the start of year 7 and the end of year 11.

Significant progress will depend on how the school monitors progress. Another article from The Key looks at how schools can assess and track pupils' progress.

By the end of Key Stage (KS) 4, X% of current year 11 pupils have made significant progress in the subject Most pupils have met or exceeded their

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