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Appraisal: 5 Essential Questions

Appraisal in Schools

The appraisal process is an essential part of not only a member of staff’s professional development but also in the process of school improvement and review. Here are 5 questions an appraisee should ask themselves as part of the process. This will help you prepare for the meeting and go into the process with an idea of the support you need to reach your potential in any role. Remember this is your appraisal, own it!

5 Essential Questions Appraisees Should Ask Themselves

  1. What is expected of me, my professional standards and in terms of wider contribution?
  2. What impact am I making now?
  3. Which areas of my performance have the potential for improvement?
  4. What support, training or coaching do I need?
  5. What impact will this have for me in the future?
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There is a strong link between the appraisal process and any interview process you might be going for during the course of the year. By preparing and really reflecting on your performance you will be building up an effective picture of your skills, strengths and achievements. The appraisal is also an opportunity to reflect on initiatives you have led or been part of that didn’t go so well. All of this can help hone your answers to common Interview questions.

Whatever your role in a school or college your practice should constantly be focused on having an impact on teaching and learning. If you are site manager how have you contributed to ensuring a safe learning environment? If you are midday meal supervisor how have you ensured a culture of safeguarding extends to your role?

Each person who works in a school contributes and will have had successes and failures. A failure is only a failure if you do not learn and grow from it. If you have had a difficult year use your appraisal to reflect on the learning you gained from it. What do you need to make next year better?

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