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Performance reviews: how to get them right

Performance reviews can be a source of emotional turbulence for both the reviewer and the reviewee, writes Nick Gallop. But, as a new headteacher, if you prepare for and manage them well, they can be a positive experience for both parties

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The performance appraisal is dead. At least, that’s what popular wisdom around performance management would have us believe. In recent years, businesses have been increasingly moving away from traditional annual appraisal meetings and towards more informal methods of goal-setting and delivering performance-related feedback, with companies such as Netflix, Accenture and Adobe making headlines for axing appraisals.

But what does this mean for schools? The appraisal of teachers on a two-year cycle was made compulsory in 1991, and with performance-related pay being introduced in 2013, effective ...

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