Headteacher appraisal: appointing a panel

Get guidance on assembling your headteacher appraisal panel, including who to appoint and what's required in maintained schools and academies.

Last reviewed on 25 June 2024
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  1. Set up a panel
  2. Decide who to appoint
  3. When you might change your panel membership 
  4. Academies: extra considerations

Once you have appointed your panel, use our step-by-step process and the templates included in it to help you complete the appraisal.

Set up a panel

Governing boards in maintained schools are required to carry out their headteacher's annual appraisal, and must follow the appraisal regulations

Academies don't have to follow these regulations, but it's good practice, as explained in the Department for Education's model appraisal policy (page 4). 

The model appraisal policy suggests you appoint a group of 2 or 3 governors to serve as appraisers (page 7).

A panel with 3 governors is ideal as this allows for a good balance of views, as well as leaving enough governors outside of the process to hear an appeal if necessary.

Decide who to appoint

External adviser

Maintained schools appoint an external adviser to support and guide the panel through the appraisal process. This is set out in the legislation linked above.


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