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New guidance on using 2022 testing data for performance management


New guidance on using 2022 testing data for performance management and decisions about pay progression has been published today (18 May) by leading sector organisations.  

The National Governance Association (NGA) has worked with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) on the new guidance for school leaders and governing boards as primary statutory assessments and secondary exams go ahead for the first time in two years.   

Anticipating the impact on results of the effects of the pandemic on school, staff and their pupils, the guidance advises against using 2022 data as the sole basis of performance management or decisions about pay progression for school and college leaders and teachers. Governors and trustees are encouraged to focus on understanding how school leaders are ensuring knowledge gaps that do exist due to the pandemic are being addressed. 


Sam Henson, director of policy and communications at the National Governance Association said:

“While this year sees the return of primary statutory assessments as well as secondary examinations, schools leaders are continuing to deal with the lingering impact of the pandemic – as they have done now for some time. We shouldn’t pretend that things are back to normal and need to factor in the continued disruption in how school performance is approached. It is right therefore that school level data is approached cautiously and this guidance provides a strong steer for governing boards and school leaders from the collective stance of NGA and the sector’s leadership associations”.