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Writing performance objectives

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Last updated on 5 September 2016
School types: All · School phases: All
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How do I write performance objectives? We look at what the regulations and the DfE’s model appraisal policy say about objectives. We relay advice on making objectives effective and SMART, and give examples of how schools approach objectives.

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  1. 1 Objectives in appraisal regulations and guidance
  2. 2 Union guidance on setting objectives
  3. 3 What to consider when setting objectives: expert advice
  4. 4 Can the same objective be set for all staff?
  5. 5 Paying staff at the level of the objectives they are working towards
  6. 6 Performance objectives: approaches from schools

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