Last reviewed on 15 September 2021
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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Use these sample performance objectives as a basis to help you write your own for a primary deputy headteacher. Get ideas for success criteria, monitoring arrangements and evidence to use to evaluate objectives in possible areas of a deputy head's work.

How to write these objectives

Make sure objectives are SMART

Performance objectives should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART).

For each objective and the relevant success criteria, specify the appropriate timescale for your deputy headteacher's context. Consider how the criteria will fit into your school year.

Keep the headteacher's role in mind

A deputy headteacher's objectives are often similar to a headteacher's, as the head often delegates some responsibilities. 

Deputy headteachers must deputise if the headteacher is absent, so we recommend that 1 objective looks at the deputy head's knowledge of the school, and its processes and procedures. 

See examples of performance objectives for primary headteachers.

Set an objective related to leadership

Objectives should generally focus on developing the deputy head as a leader. At least 1 objective should therefore be related to leadership. 

The role of a deputy headteacher will vary depending on the school, and objectives should be based on the specific responsibilities of the role.