Appraisal/Performance Management


The statutory appraisal arrangements for schools are set out in the Education (School Teachers' Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012. Performance appraisal of both teaching and support staff is an integral part of the school's performance management process, and an entitlement for all staff.

NYCC provides a model Appraisal Policy, which applies to both teaching and support staff, to support effective appraisal and ensure that statutory requirements for teacher appraisal are met. If staff do not achieve the required standards through the appraisal process, underperformance is dealt with under the Developing Performance Policy or Capability Policy. The DfE optional model Appraisal Policy links appraisal with capability in a single policy and is available here.

Teachers' and Headteachers' Standards

The Teachers' Standards provide an outline of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours which all teachers should demonstrate. Teachers' performance must be assessed against the standards as part of the appraisal process.  The National standards of excellence for Headteachers are intended to be aspirational and challenging and may be used to inform the appraisal of Headteachers.  Links to these standards are below.

Occupational standards

There are a range of occupational standards that can provide a useful framework for support staff to consider their learning needs and help reviewers with writing objectives.  Links are provided below to the standards for teaching assistants and school business roles.

Skills for schools is an online resource, created by Unison, to help school staff access learning opportunities at work. By providing an online guide to training, development and career pathways, it aims to help staff develop in their current roles, and make the move to new opportunities.


Appraisal Policy - June 2019

Useful downloads and links

Appraisal FAQs

The Appraisal Good Practice Guide

NYCC Behaviour and Skills Framework

Institute of School Business Leadership

Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants  - June 2016

Teachers' Standards

National standards of excellence for Headteachers

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