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Performance reviews ‘destroy human spirit’

The usual process of a single leader doing a team’s appraisals can be ineffective and even demoralising, believes executive principal Gary Handforth, who advocates a more collaborative approach

Musketeers: All for one!

It was a slightly disconcerting moment, to realise I was the symptom of a very large problem in the leadership of our school. I had been sitting through a series of one-to-one appraisals with 10 middle leaders. The meetings – each of which lasted for about an hour – focused on the progress the leaders were making towards their personal objectives. This had always seemed to me to be a good approach to appraisals.

But after four of these meetings, I became aware that something was wrong: the only constant was me. I was the only person in the room who could see how the work of one middle leader ...

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