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Teacher appraisal: Professional development reviews in the time of Covid

Teacher appraisal forms part of established practice in maintained schools and the majority of academies. Brian Rossiter shares practical advice when reviewing performance with colleagues as part of a professional development cycle as we move into a post-Covid world

This article, although focusing on teachers, can be read in relation to school support teams and their professional development/reviews.

As a headteacher I was always brought up on the idea of "reasonableness". I would be held to account for decisions I made as to whether they were legal, aligned with policy and whether they were reasonable. Performance management/appraisal/professional development reviewing has to be seen to be reasonable in the context of the last two years.

A recent article in SecEd touches on this sense of reasonableness and, most importantly, professional development focused on individual teacher’s needs during professional development review meetings (SecEd, 2022).

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