Deputy headteacher (primary): performance objectives

Use our example performance objectives to help you write your own for a deputy headteacher in a primary school. Get ideas for success criteria, monitoring arrangements and evidence to use when evaluating performance objectives.

Last reviewed on 8 January 2024
School types: AllSchool phases: PrimaryRef: 2915
  1. How to write objectives
  2. Objective 1: pupil progress
  3. Objective 2: staffing issues
  4. Objective 3: line management
  5. Objective 4: developing a creative curriculum
  6. Objective 5: improving school systems

How to write objectives

Make sure objectives are SMART

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

For each objective and the relevant success criteria, specify an appropriate timescale and 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 usually 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, so at least 1 objective should be related to leadership. 

The role of a deputy headteacher will vary depending on your school's context, so adapt your objectives to the specific responsibilities that come with the role. Use the example objectives in the sections

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