Deputy headteacher appraisal

Be prepared for your deputy headteacher's appraisal by considering objectives, professional development and national standards.

Last reviewed on 9 January 2024
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  1. Prepare for the appraisal
  2. Set clear objectives
  3. Prepare deputy headteachers for acting up
  4. Make use of national standards

Prepare for the appraisal

Check you’re familiar with the teacher appraisal requirements.

Before the appraisal, think about your deputy headteacher’s performance objectives and consider:

  • How well they’ve been met
  • What new objectives you might want to set

Check your deputy head’s job description and use this to help you set useful objectives.

Take a look at our articles on performance objectives for deputy headteachers in primary and secondary schools.

Set clear objectives

Your deputy headteacher should have objectives that relate to:

  • At least 1 school improvement priority
  • Teaching, if they have teaching responsibilities

Make sure responsibilities are clearly defined so that the deputy headteacher knows what they’re accountable for. This will also make their performance management and objectives more focused.

It’ll also encourage the deputy headteacher to take ownership of their objectives.

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