A guide to executive leader appraisal

The appraisal process is an annual cycle whereby governing boards monitor and evaluate the progress of the executive leader (headteacher or chief executive) in achieving strategic priorities. A formal annual appraisal meeting is the endpoint to the cycle.

Download our guide to executive leader appraisal (PDF)

The guide covers:

  • the appraisal policy
  • forming an appraisal panel
  • appointing an external adviser
  • setting objectives
  • the annual appraisal meeting
  • follow-up report
  • making a pay recommendation

Using 2022 data for performance management

The results of 2022 assessments and examinations will be impacted by the effects of the pandemic on schools, their staff and pupils. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and The National Governance Association (NGA) have produced joint advice on using data from 2022 assessments and examinations for performance management or decisions about pay progression.

Download the joint guidance (PDF)

Performance management webinar

NGA’s Director of Professional Development, Emma Balchin, explores how CEO and headteacher performance management links to overall vision and strategy and fits within the core functions of governance.

Watch the webinar now

Learning Link e-learning

Subscribers to NGA Learning Link can access a range of modules including setting performance objectives for executive leaders and headteacher appraisal and capability.

Find out more about Learning Link

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