Last reviewed on 27 January 2022
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Discover how to set effective performance objectives, and see examples of financial, HR and administrative targets.

Set high-quality objectives

Are your objectives SMART?

Consider the following criteria to set the most effective performance objectives for your staff:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timebound

These characteristics will also help you evaluate whether performance objectives have been met.

Do they encourage improvement?

You should consider the strengths and areas for improvement of your staff when setting targets, to encourage your staff’s professional development.

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Make sure you think about the needs of your school, especially your school improvement plan (SIP), when creating performance objectives.

Are they in line with professional standards?

The Institute of School Business Leaders has created a set of professional standards for administrative staff. They're not mandatory and shouldn't be used as a checklist, but they can help to guide your target-setting. Use them along with staff members' individual needs to create performance objectives.

Work with your administrative staff to set useful