The Performance Management process should be a professional dialogue between each teacher and their line manager. Some reminders about the PM process:
- The meeting should be a “professional dialogue” with “realistic and manageable” plans reflecting the “aspirations of the reviewee”;
- No more than 3 hours classroom observation, that should be “supportive and developmental” with a “clear rationale and focus”;
- Your school must have a PM Policy including classroom observation protocol, following consultation with staff and unions.
- The NASUWT objects in the strongest terms to numerical ‘targets’ as objectives, and even OFSTED do not require ’1 – 4 style’ grading of lessons.
It is not acceptable that in some schools performance management is being hijacked as another stick to beat teachers with. The regulations do not mention ‘targets’ but use ‘objectives’. This is crucial as achieving objectives is critically different to the hit and miss mentality of targets.