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Although it's not required, schools can use pupil progress to help set teacher performance objectives. Learn more about the legal requirements and how to use the data in a meaningful way.

You don’t need to use pupil progress to set appraisal targets

Appraisal of teachers in maintained schools and unattached teachers employed by a local authority must follow the Education (School Teachers' Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012. These don’t dictate what pupil progress targets can be used when setting teachers’ performance objectives, but explain that any objectives you do agree must:

  • Contribute to improving the education of pupils
  • Contribute to the implementation of any governing board plan designed to improve educational provision and performance.

Academies do not have to follow the appraisal regulations, but the Department for Education (DfE) says (see page 4 of the model policy below) that it is good practice to do so. Academy trusts set their own performance management policies and can choose whether or not to link teachers’ appraisal to pupil progress.

Some unions have expressed reservations around setting performance targets based on

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