Appraising Teachers in Schools: A Practical Guide

Appraising Teachers in Schools: A Practical Guide

Appraising Teachers in Schools: A Practical Guide

Appraising Teachers in Schools: A Practical Guide

Excerpt

Les Bell

This book is written for teachers. It is written for those teachers who are responsible for planning and implementing formal staff appraisal procedures and for those who may, in the future, share such a responsibility. It is also written for teachers who will experience staff appraisal in one or more of its many forms. In one sense, therefore, it is for all teachers since the new Pay and Conditions of Employment (DES, 1987) indicate that all teachers may be required to take part in some form of staff appraisal. Not only is this book for teachers but it is also based on the practical experience of teachers. All the chapters, with the exception of the first two and the last one, are written either by teachers who have experience in appraisal or about the experiences of such teachers. All the contributors have practical experience in evaluation and appraisal and, in particular, in the application of appraisal processes to schools. The book is a way of sharing those practical experiences in the hope that colleagues might benefit from them.

The work described was carried out by a range of people in a variety of institutions. Not only were the institutions different but the relationship of the writers to their institutions varied. Some are the headteachers or deputy headteachers, while others are external consultants invited to work with the teachers in the schools. This range of activities reflects the rich variety of approaches to staff appraisal which can be found in schools. It also reflects the extent to which the most appropriate and effective form of staff appraisal is that which is derived from, and rooted in, the particular circumstances of each school. Staff appraisal processes must take into account the uniqueness of each school and the individuality of teachers within that school. No

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