Teacher appraisal: assessing performance and setting targets

Understand how performance links to pay progression and find guidance on setting objectives, identifying areas for development and collecting evidence for appraisals.

Last reviewed on 3 November 2023
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  1. How teachers’ performance links to their progression
  2. Assess performance against the standards and objectives 
  3. Present evidence collected throughout the year 
  4. Identify areas for development 

How teachers’ performance links to their progression

For teachers employed under the STPCD

All teachers in maintained schools, and teachers in academies whose contracts transferred at the point of academy conversion, are employed under the STPCD.

The relevant body (usually the governing board) must annually consider whether to increase the salary of teachers who have completed a year of employment since the previous annual pay determination.

Pay decisions must be "clearly attributable" to the teacher's performance, and pay progression should be linked to “continued good performance”, as defined in your pay policy. Your policy must clearly set out how pay and progression will be determined.

This is set out in paragraphs 19.2 and 19.3 of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).


Academies are free to set their own pay and conditions for new staff, and to renegotiate for existing staff.

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