Q: My line manager wants to set inappropriate and/or data based Performance Management (Appraisal) targets.

This should be resisted.

You can only be held accountable for things that are directly within your control as a teacher.

Pupil data and class data is not an appropriate target.


• School and trust leaders should not make pay progression for teachers’ dependent on quantitative assessment metrics, such as test outcomes, or

• Set targets for teachers that are outside their control. Targets should be closely tied to genuinely actionable behaviours, that are aspirational yet achievable.

• Assessments are designed to evaluate, measure and report the progress and attainment of pupils, rather than evaluate the performance of teachers.

For further information, please download the 'Making Data Work' report, published in November 2018 by the Teacher Workload Advisory Group, which gives guidance on school-imposed data targets.