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Appraisal pain without gain;Letter

AM I alone as a high school appraisal co-ordinator in waking up to the workload implications of the change to annual appraisal in September 1999?

I have read the Green and Technical Papers thoroughly and I can find nothing about how teachers with my job are going to be rewarded for the imposition of a new system which will double the workload and responsibility of the appraisal element of our job.

That ministers and civil servants have devised the new regulations with the assumption that those responsible for professional development will simply absorb the additional workload is very worrying.

Indeed there is some evidence to suggest that they have no idea that there is such a group as professional development co-ordinators let alone have a clear understanding of the work we do.

It would be more worrying still if those currently responsible for running effective appraisal cycles had not woken up to the implications and responded as part of the consultation process.

My experience is that we can not rely on our education authorities or unions to protect our interests. Because we are few in number we are easy to marginalise. It is not yet too late to make a response and spell out exactly what the changes will mean.

I see the new regulations as a serious change to my conditions of service and view with horror the administrative nightmare of the running of an annual appraisal timetable.

It has been difficult enough running a quality programme on the two-year cycle. Perhaps someone could let me know what proposals are being put forward to enhance our pay and status in recognition of this significant and imposed change.

JC Parkes

46 Eden Mount

Burley, Leeds

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