June and July always see a flurry of activity in the Standards Tracker offices, as schools start to get their performance management processes in place for September. Whilst we on-board schools throughout the year, the summer term is a favourable time due to the stage of most PM cycles.
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In March 2018, the DfE published their qualitative research paper on Exploring Teacher Workload. 25% of teachers interviewed said they did not feel supported by SLT, that there was a lack of understanding of the challenges they faced, and would not approach them for support. Another 32% reported feeling ambivalent towards the level of support they received and that they felt neither supported or unsupported with their workload.
Now is the best time to review your Performance Management processes. Focus on this now and you can ensure your next appraisal cycle can really impact school improvement by driving up teaching standards in your school, creating a positive appraisal and development culture, raising morale, and deal with all the usual tricky issues.
In a series of blog posts we will look at certain aspects of why Standards Tracker works so well. We already looked at the Quality of Teaching, Teacher Feedback, and Professional Development. Today, we consider how Standards Tracker provides data analysis and reporting functionality.
Research shows that teacher quality is the most important driver of student outcomes, but policymakers and school leaders face two key challenges when it comes to improving quality. First, there’s the need for coherent standards that allow for benchmarking and measurement. Second, you must have structured training and development opportunities linked to those standards.