Change in appraisal judgment leads to constructive dismissal claim and £100k payout

Bethnal Green Academy were found to have unfairly dismissed a PE teacher with 13 years’ experience whose teaching had been found to be consistently highly rated until the appointment of a new Head of Faculty/Director of Learning. Ms Dippenaar’s performance had been reflected in an Ofsted inspection of the school and was supported by pupil […]

A shared leadership approach

Cultivating a shared leadership approach Leadership in UK schools has evolved greatly in recent decades, with senior and middle leaders now both playing a shared leadership role in overseeing day-to-day performance and developing whole school policy and vision. As traditional, top-down – in which head teachers serve as monolithic entities making nearly all decisions and instructing other staff […]

Middle Leaders provide secret to school performance

Middle Leaders provide secret to school performance The work of middle leaders in schools has become increasingly important to school performance in recent decades, with education sector experts and researchers alike highlighting the benefits of an effective middle leadership team. Whilst strong overall performance management remains fundamental to staff improvement and motivation – with one study […]

Supportive performance management and retention

Schools may be able to combat waning teacher retention levels by adjusting their approach to performance management, research suggests. With the number of teachers in state schools dropping to the lowest levels for five years in 2018 and the secondary school pupil population alone predicted to rise by 400,000 (14.7%) by 2027, the staff retention crisis remains […]