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Headteacher’s Performance Management and Appraisal, 2022/23


At the start of the new academic year, governing boards will be making arrangements to undertake their headteachers’ appraisal.

Under the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012, governing boards have a statutory duty to appoint an external adviser for advice and support on the headteacher’s appraisal.  Officers from the LA’s Education, Outcomes and Intervention team are available to act as this external adviser.  The External Adviser provides impartial, professional support for the process of headteacher appraisal, attends the meeting during which governors review progress to the previous year’s objectives and agree new objectives for the coming year, and can prepare the written appraisal report. This service can be purchased as a traded service from GCC+ (, or can be completed as one of your visits if your school subscribes to the GLOSSI level 1 package.

Given schools experienced further disruption in the academic year 2021-22 as a result of the Covid pandemic, the LA suggests governors should note that, whilst there has been no new guidance from the DfE, their advice from 2020 (when reviewing progress to the previous year’s objectives), remains appropriate:

The DfE “expect schools to use their discretion and take pragmatic steps, to adapt performance management and appraisal arrangements to take account of the current circumstances”, and they stated “schools must ensure that teachers are not penalised during the appraisal process or in respect of any subsequent pay progression decisions as a result of partial school closures, where this has impacted on the ability of the teacher to meet fully their objectives”. 

In addition, the National Governors Association (NGA), the NAHT and the ASCL have produced joint advice which can be found here, and last year’s advice from the NGA still remains relevant:

 “that annual appraisals should be flexible and pragmatic next term, taking into account the unique circumstances and context faced by all schools, rather than simply           rigidly sticking to a handful of objectives.”

Governors should also note in the DfE’s document Primary accountability measures – update, of June 2022, it states:

“Performance management targets relating to pupil performance should not be used in isolation and other factors, in this case the uneven impact of the pandemic on pupils and schools and the considerable caution needed when using the 2021/22 performance data, should also be taken into account.”

Governor training for those governors involved in the headteacher’s performance management and appraisal is recommended for all governors but especially those on the panel. Forthcoming dates are: 29 September (9.30-11.00 am), 19 October (7.00-8.30 pm) and 8 February (7.00-8.30 pm).  The training will be delivered online and can be booked here :


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