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Setting performance objectives for executive leaders


At a glance

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

You will cover:

the basics of effective appraisal
the key priorities identified by the organisation’s pursuit of its vision
how to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound
Study time

15 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

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.

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      Who developed this module?

      Paul Aber
      Paul Aber

      Head of Training Development

      Paul leads and manages NGA’s face-to-face training, e-learning and development programmes. This includes recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. Paul has many years’ experience of governance, including in maintained schools and academy trusts.

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