The headteacher appraisal process

Prepare for your headteacher appraisal by familiarising yourself with the whole process, and use our templates to review objectives and track progress.

Last reviewed on 8 March 2022
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Contents
  1. Stage 1: review your own performance 
  2. Stage 2: meet the external adviser shortly before the review meeting
  3. Stage 3: the governors and the external adviser will hold a pre-meeting
  4. Stage 4: use the review and planning meeting to go over your performance and set goals
  5. Stage 5: the appraisal report should only be shared with those who need to see it
  6. Different types of headship use different appraisal methods

This article is based on The Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012, the DfE's teacher appraisal model policy, and advice from our HR expert Ruth Alinek.

The law and guidance applies to maintained schools only. If you're from an academy trust, you're free to determine your own appraisal arrangements. Check your appraisal policy to find out your requirements. 

Stage 1: review your own performance 

In good time before the review and planning meeting, review your performance against your objectives and any standards that have been agreed. In maintained schools, this should include the Teachers’ Standards and the Headteachers’ Standards.

Your objectives and the Teachers’ Standards: Use the template below to track your objectives and collect evidence of your progress against them, and how you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

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