This episode discusses effective appraisal and performance management practice in primary schools. Three experienced school leaders discuss the principles of effective appraisal systems, including elements of a successful appraisal, and tips for setting objectives.

How can we place CPD at the heart of performance management and make the process collegiate and collaborative? We also ask how we can identify a teacher’s strengths and what actions should we take if a teacher is underperforming, especially to support new teachers?

The podcast touches on issues including building trust, preparing for appraisals, whole-school culture, the importance of getting feedback right, how to sweat the small stuff, and creating the right conditions for professional learning.

And we ask how headteachers can best demonstrate the impact they are having as part of their own performance management.

The podcast is hosted as ever, by Helen Frostick, a National Leader of Education and semi-retired primary school headteacher. Her guests are:

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