Appraisal of the CEO in MATs

As a multi-academy trust (MAT) you're free to determine your own performance management processes, but trustees will lead on this for your CEO. Learn how to approach it, the evidence you'll rely on and get tips for setting objectives moving forwards.

Last reviewed on 3 October 2022
School types: Academy · School phases: All
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  1. Check and understand your appraisal process 
  2. Use an external adviser and lean on their expertise throughout
  3. Be aware of the range of evidence you'll use to evaluate performance
  4. Set objectives for the next period

This article is based on advice from our associate education experts Gulshan Kayembe, Brendan Hollyer, Fred Birkett and Graeme Hornsby.

Check and understand your appraisal process 

As an academy trust you're free to determine your own appraisal process, as explained on page 95 of the Governance Handbook. This includes the appraisal of the CEO.

Your board of trustees is ultimately responsible for appraising the CEO, and your chair of trustees should lead this performance management process. 

To clarify what your process is, check: 

  • Your scheme of delegation to find out who's involved
  • Your appraisal policy, if you have one 
  • The terms and conditions in your CEO's contract, which may refer to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) or the ‘Green Book’ (the conditions of service for school support staff)

If you're new to CEO appraisal or need help setting your own procedures, take a look at our