Teachers' Appraisal/Performance Management and Capability

From September 2012 Performance Management was rebranded as Appraisal, and schools began to operate new policies. The new policies were potentially extremely damaging to teachers and education. The NUT and NASUWT agreed a joint observation protocol and appraisal checklist to protect against these.

We are asking school reps to look at your school policy. If it doesn't comply with the joint checklist, we will ask heads to change the policy. If they don't, we will support members in action to win changes.

Teachers’ Standards (England)

New Teachers’ Standards for schools in England came into force in September 2012. The Government says the new Standards must be used as part of the appraisal system in England but applied inappropriately they could be hugely damaging to teachers. This leaflet gives advice on the risks of inappropriate implementation and provides a protocol to adopt in your workplace.

The more detailed advice is divided into 2 parts, with Part A dealing with the application of the Standards to appraisal, Part B giving advice on the Standards themselves, and appendices giving examples of bad practice to be avoided and including the NUT’s Teachers’ Standards Model Protocol.

Setting of Objectives guidance

Guidance to secure fair and reasonable objectives as part of the appraisal process. It focuses on securing objectives that are fit for purpose, limited in number and subject to consultation. It also addresses the relationship between objectives and pay progression.

Appraisal Case Study

Section 1 is a case study for union representatives and officers which sets out a step by step guide on how to successfully oppose unachievable numberic targets at a school level.

Section 2 is an analysis of why setting numberic targets is a flawed approach.

Joint union appraisal policy

The NUT have agreed with the ATL and NAHT a joint appraisal policy for schools. To find out more click here.

Wales Joint NUT/NASUWT Model Performance Management Template

This Wales model performance management policy for schools has been agreed between the NUT and NASUWT.

Welsh Government Classroom Observation Guidance

The Welsh Government has published guidance which sets out the purpose and protocols which characterise effective, supportive and developmental classroom observation.