To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's guidance entitled Teacher appraisal and capability: A model policy, published on 22 May 2012, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that teachers' appraisals are carried out in accordance with the criteria set down in that guidance.
Schools are autonomous institutions, run by the headteacher, under the control of the governing body, which has responsibility for staffing matters within the school, which include appraisal and capability procedures.
The Department has no role in determining the process used by the governing body. The governing body must adhere to its legal obligations as set out in The Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012, which are mandatory for maintained schools and local authorities. They give schools and local authorities the freedom to design appraisal policies that suit their own individual circumstances.
The Department has issued a model policy as an optional resource for schools and others, to which they can refer to as they wish, as they review and develop their own policies.
The Department has also published staffing and employment advice for schools which includes more information on appraisals. The advice can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staffing-and-employment-advice-for-schools.