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Get performance management right

Headteachers should view the performance management process not as a stick with which to beat teachers but as an aid to professional development that will ultimately improve student outcomes

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How do you measure the overall quality of someone’s teaching? Ultimately, your decision will always be subjective, no matter what you base it on. Yet performance management is a process that must take place in schools by law and which headteachers must lead.

What’s more, the appraisal process is now also linked to all decisions about pay. That means that it is more important than ever to get your system for performance management right. But how should you go about it?

The key is not to overcomplicate things. If we agree that the quality of teaching is the most important factor in helping ...

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