How to review your teacher appraisal policy
Be confident when approving your teacher appraisal policy. Know what it should include and what questions to ask to make sure it's compliant and robust.
What this policy needs to do
Your school’s teacher appraisal policy must cover:
The appraisal period
The policy should set out an appraisal period of 12 months.
Teachers on fixed-term contracts of less than 12 months or those starting at the school during the appraisal period can have a shorter or longer initial appraisal period.
The appointment of external advisers and appraisers
The policy should explain:
- How the governing board will select/appoint an external adviser to provide advice and support for headteacher appraisal
- That the governing board may also choose to delegate headteacher appraisal to a smaller group of governors (a committee)
- Who will appraise other teachers (if not the headteacher)
It should also explain that objectives will contribute to improving the education of pupils at the