Teacher appraisal: governors' role

Understand how you’re involved in the teacher appraisal process, so you can stay strategic and fulfil your duties effectively.

Last reviewed on 14 September 2023
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  1. Your role is to make sure there's an effective teacher appraisal policy
  2. Questions to ask your school leaders

This article focuses on your role when it comes to teachers’ appraisals. We also have guidance on headteacher appraisal.

Your role is to make sure there's an effective teacher appraisal policy

Compared with the headteacher’s appraisal, your role is much more hands-off when it comes to other teachers.

You won’t be setting their objectives or getting involved on a day-to-day level, as your headteacher will handle all the practical parts of running appraisals.

Make sure your school has a robust appraisal policy in place which minimises the impact on workload Scrutinise your school’s draft appraisal policy. You’ll want to make sure it outlines: That teachers will be appraised against their objectives and the Teachers’ Standards, and how your school will collect evidence that won’t impact on workload Arrangements for classroom observations and that they’re proportionate and sustainable Arrangements for the headteacher to delegate performance management of teachers Make sure the appraisal policy

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