Objectives and success criteria for them should also feed into the overall plan for school improvement, so demonstrate to them exactly how you expect them to contribute. For example, if one of the school’s objectives is to improve teaching and learning in maths, support staff can play a vital role in collating data, identifying areas for improvement and ensuring adequate resources are allocated.
The biggest commodity in schools is time, so implementing an online system for performance management can drive efficiency and save middle leaders up to five hours a week, 20 hours a month and approximately 780 hours a year. By embedding performance management into the normal school day and encouraging staff to access the system and record their reflections as and when things happen, you can prevent it from becoming a burden and free up their time to focus on teaching and their own development. By taking performance management and staff reviews online you can instantly evaluate progress to date and eliminate many of the headaches associated with paper-based processes such as the tracking down and location of lost forms.
Paul Cross, Headteacher at Hempstead Junior School in Gillingham, Kent, commented on the impact BlueSky has had across his school, “BlueSky’s Projects and Observations modules now play an instrumental role in our Talk4Teaching Initiative which consists of Learning Walks – a more informal style of lesson observation – and Lesson Reflection, where a team visits a class for a whole lesson. BlueSky allows us to record the findings against a proforma, which can then be used for wider school improvement.
“All staff use the Objectives tool, including TAs and administration staff. However, it really comes into its own for teachers as objectives can be linked to self-reviews. The facility to link objectives to school development priorities and relevant standards is also brilliant.”