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The golden triangle: How to improve performance management in schools

The golden triangle of performance management takes in quality improvement, performance development and CPD. Matt Bromley explains, offering some key tenets of effective performance management systems

To improve the effectiveness of performance management in schools, I advocate forming a “golden triangle” which connects appraisal to quality assurance and professional development.

However, before we proceed, I should admit that I dislike two of those terms. Rather than “quality assurance”, I favour “quality improvement”. And in place of “performance management”, I would suggest that “performance development” is a more helpful moniker.

Let’s look at each of the three apexes of the golden triangle in more detail…

Apex 1: Quality assurance

When it comes to quality assurance – or quality improvement, as I say – I believe that we should measure the quality of education in a holistic rather than an isolated way.

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