It’s been widely recognised that a lack of a coherent framework for assessing teacher performance in the appraisal process can lead to inconsistent practices. An online professional learning platform allows schools to implement consistent practices for all staff, ensuring that appraisals and professional development objectives can be linked with school priorities.
At Sherborne School, Dorset, BlueSky has helped the school with the implementation of its professional teaching standards; The Sherborne Teaching Standards. “Being able to see the details in what’s happening where and by having all the evaluations on BlueSky we can see where teachers might need support and help bring that to them,” explains Peter Chillingworth, Director of CPD. “For example, the Head of Physics found that a few staff in the Science Department had applied for separate training on differentiation in science, so he brought a trainer into school who worked with the whole department at the same time.”
By recording appraisal objectives within the system, teachers can document their reflections and track their progress towards both individual and school-wide goals. This information is shared with managers and school improvement stakeholders, creating a more transparent feedback environment for everybody and therefore strengthening the appraisal process.