Take control of your performance management



September 2015 Briefings

Taking Control Of Your Performance Management/Appraisal

Following the NASUWT’s highly popular summer seminars for teachers on performance management/appraisal, in response to requests from members, we are organising additional seminars at the start of the new academic year.

These seminars empower members to take control of their performance management review at the end of their current cycle and their planning and objective setting for the next cycle.

Advice will also be offered on how to seek to secure in your school the teachers’ 2015-16 pay award and on tackling workload-intensive marking and assessment policies.

The FREE one-day events will:

  • identify your entitlements in relation to performance management and pay progression;

  • identify the issues which are likely to arise out of your performance management review and provide strategies to address these;

  • provide advice and guidance on planning and objective setting for your next performance management cycle, including how to protect your interests;

  • advise you on tackling excessive workload relating to marking and assessment;

  • provide advice on securing the 2015-16 teachers’ pay award.

The dates and venues for the seminars are listed below. Members can choose to attend the most convenient location for them.

The seminars will run from 10.30am-3.30pm, registration will be from 10am and lunch will be provided between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

The seminars, all refreshments and the materials provided for attendees are all completely free of charge.

Book Your Place Now

12 September, at the following NASUWT Centres:

Eastern Regional Centre, St James House, The Anderson Centre, Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3TA

London Regional Centre, 65 St John Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 4AN

North East Regional Centre, Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, Tyne and Wear, NE35 9PE

South West Regional Centre, 2 Marlborough Court, Manaton Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter, EX2 8PF

West Midlands Regional Centre, Ludgate Court, Water Street, Birmingham B3 1EP

Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Centre, 241 Leeds Road, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0GR

19 September:

NASUWT South East Regional Centre, Milestone House, Portsmouth Road, Send, Surrey, GU23 7JZ

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Telephone 03330 145550


The NASUWT’s comments on the Government’s announcement on ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions’

Responding to the announcement that Government is launching a programme to train up a ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion’ in every secondary school in England, Chris Keates General Secretary of the NASUWT, The Teacher’s Union, said:

“Teachers and school leaders are deeply concerned about the mental health issues being faced by the children and young people they teach.

“The shocking statistics revealed by the NASUWT’s recent survey of 2,000 teachers show the extent of the problems.

“Whilst the Government is right to be concerned about pupils’ mental health, today’s announcement will not address the extent of the issues facing schools.

“Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their pupils, but they cannot take the place of qualified healthcare professionals.

“A major part of the difficulties schools face is that when mental health issues are identified access to qualified, external professionals and appropriate support services is at best limited and in some cases none existent,  due to the year on year cuts these services have faced.

“Whilst training sessions may be helpful, they have the potential to place another burden and responsibility on the shoulders of teachers, already struggling to cope with excessive and unsustainable workloads.

“It is also deeply disappointing that, having acknowledged the mental health issues facing children and young people , yet again the extensive evidence of the mental health issues faced by teachers themselves has been ignored.

“The Government needs urgently not only to provide pupils and teachers alike with direct and readily available access to mental health services staffed by professionally qualified and trained staff who are best placed to support those in need but also to tackle the contributory factors in the schools which are damaging mental health and wellbeing.”

An NASUWT survey into pupils’ mental health, conducted in March 2017, found that of 2,000 teachers and school leaders responding:

  • 98% said there were pupils they come into contact with who they believe are experiencing mental health problems
  • 91% knew of pupils experiencing anxiety or panic attacks, 79% depression, 64% self-harm, 49% eating disorders and 47% OCD
  • Nearly half (46%) were not confident they would recognise the signs of a possible mental health problem in their pupils, with less than a quarter (24%) confident they would be able to get timely support from expert services such as CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health services)

An NASUWT survey of teachers, also conducted in March 2017 found that:

  • 83% said their job has had an adverse impact on their wellbeing
  • 59% said it had adversely impacted on their mental health and 52% said it has had a detrimental impact on their physical health.


Commenting on the Government’s audit into racial disparity in public services, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT welcomes the publication of this audit as a step to confirming the well-documented problem of racial discrimination at work and in our public life.

“This is one of a litany of review reports published over the course of the last 40 years to highlight the problem of racism and discrimination in access to jobs and fair treatment in the provision of goods and services.

“The NASUWT has been highlighting for many years the racial discrimination which is blighting the lives and careers of BME teachers.

“The stark facts remain that BME teachers are under-represented in the teaching profession particularly at the most senior levels, they are paid less than their white counterparts, they experience widespread discrimination when applying for jobs or promotion and often have to endure racist comments and abuse at work.

“Increased freedoms for schools have also resulted in heightened concerns about widening racial disparities affecting BME pupils, with black Caribbean pupils being three times more likely to be excluded from schools compared to white pupils.

“Whilst one in three primary pupils are from a BME background, just one in twenty teachers are BME.

“The Government is right to challenge employers and institutions to address these disparities, but it must also take responsibility for having created a system which has failed to ensure that employers act responsibly and lawfully in tackling discrimination and advancing equality for all groups.

“The NASUWT has invited the Government to work with us to root out racism and discrimination, as part of our continued work to Act for Racial Justice.

“The Government needs to take the lead in ensuring that across all schools no teacher or pupil is held back or denied the opportunity to succeed because of their colour or ethnic, cultural or religious background.”

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