The government has published revised regulations on performance management for teachers and head teachers.
The regulations mean that, for the first time, continuous professional development, pay and performance will be brought together in a coherent way.
The government said this will benefit both teachers and their pupils, and helping to improve pupils’ chances of success at school.
The revised regulations:
establish a clear and consistent process of planning and assessment so that teachers and headteachers understand what is expected of them
will support teachers and head teachers in addressing their training needs
create clearer links between performance management and school improvement – allowing schools to streamline procedures and cut bureaucracy
create clearer links between performance management and pay
provide local authorities, governors and head teachers with the flexibility to delegate the responsibility for completing the performance review and pay recommendations to line managers.
The first performance management plans under the revised arrangements will need to be completed by the 31 October 2007 for teachers and 31 December 2007 for head teachers.