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Thursday, July 2, 1998 Published at 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK


Education

'Robust' appraisals planned for teachers

Estelle Morris wants to replace a 'flawed' appraisal system for teachers

Teachers are to face more "robust" appraisals, as the Schools Minister Estelle Morris promises to overhaul a system which she says lacks "rigour".

Condemning the current appraisal process as "flawed", the minister says that the government plans to introduce "a more robust system which will contribute to raising standards and improve teachers' professional development".

Addressing the 'Taking Forward Appraisal' conference in London, Estelle Morris says that research by the Office for Standards in Education has shown that few schools had worthwhile appraisal systems.

According to the Ofsted research, fewer than half of primary and a quarter of secondary schools had appraisals that "met statutory requirements", the minister said.


[ image: Teachers are promised a more integrated, less bureaucratic appraisal system]
Teachers are promised a more integrated, less bureaucratic appraisal system
As the teaching unions are continuing to protest at administrative overload, the minister was keen to emphasise that new appraisal systems should not add to the bureaucratic burden facing schools.

The structure of the new appraisal system, which is currently the subject of consultation, will be likely to encourage more staff development and in-service training.

The minister also pointed to the need for the appraisal of individual teachers to integrate with the broader development plans for the school and to complement other forms of monitoring school performance.

An Appraisal Handbook is to be produced for use with the new appraisal system, which is scheduled for September 1999.



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