Study time: 15 minutes

Performance objective setting is a key element in fulfilling the three core functions. SMART objectives help headteachers and other senior executive leaders progress the organisation’s vision and aims and provide a clear basis for monitoring, assessment, and judgement of their performance. The process also helps identify any training and development needs the senior executive leader may have.

This practical, bitesize module focusses on the governing board’s role in the choosing and framing of suitable objectives and demonstrates how good objectives can be drafted.

This module explores how objectives should:

  • Form the basis of effective appraisal
  • Mirror the key priorities identified by the organisation’s pursuit of its vision
  • Be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound

If your school is subscribed to Learning Link, you can find this module in the ‘Learning’ section of your account, under the Executive Leaders category.

Our subject matter expertise

The content of this module has been written by our in-house subject matter expert:

Paul AberPaul Aber – Head of Training Development

Paul leads and manages NGA’s face to face training, e-learning and funded development programmes for schools and academies.  This includes working alongside NGA's Head of Consultancy recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers.

Prior to joining NGA, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance.

Paul has many years’ experience of governance including maintained schools and academy trusts.

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