Pay and conditions

Effective performance management practices

6 December 2017

Is your school’s performance management helpful or harmful? Maria Cunningham looks at the evidence and explains how to make effective performance management and appraisal systems that contribute to genuine teacher development and improvement


Case study: Recruitment, retention and CPD

29 November 2017

One of the secrets to the successful recruitment and retention of teaching staff at Neale-Wade Academy is the importance placed on CPD. Jason Wing explains


Staff feedback: How to give hard messages

15 November 2017

Feedback – this time it’s professional. High-quality appraisal and feedback is essential to teachers’ professional development and progress. But the personal element can make these interactions difficult. John Dabell gives some advice


Housing: A helping hand

8 November 2017

The impact of stagnating salaries and rising housing costs is becoming clear for many in the teaching profession. Julian Stanley looks at what help is out there



Pay and conditions: Passing the threshold

27 September 2017

Teachers who have passed the threshold and moved onto the upper pay range should be making ‘substantial and sustained’ contributions to their schools. Brian Rossiter looks at how the threshold system should work and some of the related challenges facing schools


Staff wellbeing: Creating a better balance...

20 September 2017

The Education Support Partnership’s latest health survey shows continuing problems with excessive workloads. Julian Stanley calls for government action and offers teachers some practical advice


Effective teacher performance review and appraisal practices

13 September 2017

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document applies to all maintained schools and the majority of academies. Brian Rossiter shares advice on good appraisal practice as part of the Professional Development Review cycle and performance-related pay


Retention: How to keep hold of your teachers

2 November 2016

New research into retention has uncovered some of the reasons why teachers quit the profession as well as those vital ‘protective factors’ that can help a school to retain, engage and motivate their teachers. Researcher Sarah Lynch takes a look



Tips for managing workload and stress

6 July 2016

Given the pressure of the teaching role, being able to manage stress is crucial. Kathy Oxtoby seeks out some tips and advice on ways to de-stress and manage stress both at work and at home, and when and where to seek support




Appraisals and mid-year staff reviews

23 April 2015

Mid-year reviews are often seen as a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Former school leader Denise Inwood advises on how to ensure that they effectively inform CPD and staff development.


Performance pay: Searching for the jetpack…

6 November 2014

Is it not futile to reward or penalise teachers for their performance, when much of what they achieve is dictated by the system in which they work? Gerald Haigh poses some tough questions.


Considerations on performance-related pay

22 May 2014

The first pay awards under performance-related pay will take place in September. Ben Solly looks at some recent research into this approach, and identifies what schools need to consider before making their first decisions.


The top 5 concerns facing school leaders

24 April 2014

What are the big five concerns facing school leaders today? Philippa Wilding discusses the most common worries she encounters and offers some solutions.


Pensions – How to avoid the Lifetime Allowance cuts

21 November 2013

Yet more changes are afoot when it comes to your pensions. The latest cuts to the lifetime allowance could affect more teachers than you’d think. Expert David Downie explains more and offers 10 key questions that you should be asking.


Approaches to performance-related pay

14 November 2013

Will performance-related pay affect staff relationships? Christopher Woolfrey looks at what school leaders think about the controversial policy and how they are preparing.




Successful staff appraisals

19 September 2013

With the move to performance-related pay, staff appraisals have become an even more important part of school life. Assistant headteacher Andrew Leigh explains the key elements of a successful appraisal.

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