This session will explore how headteacher appraisals underpin the strategic role of school governors and are a crucial aspect of governance accountability in both maintained schools and academy trusts. Governance should ensure that progress by headteachers, in achieving their appraisal objectives, is monitored and evaluated throughout the year. This session will provide attendees with tools and strategies to enhance their strategic overview of school effectiveness. We will set appraisal into the context of overall school improvement and explore how the ongoing professional relationship between governing boards and school leaders should encompass regular updates on overall school/trust performance – including the specifics of appraisal objectives.

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