School effectiveness

Teacher standards

From 1 September 2012 new regulations came into effect with regard to teacher standards. From this date there is just one set of teacher standards. The teachers standards (pdf) consist of two parts:

  • part one: teachers' standards
  • part two: personal and professional conduct

Download the complete teachers standards document (Gov.uk website). There are also three usefull teacher standard fact sheets.

The standards will apply to all teachers regardless of their career stage. All teachers who have successfully completed induction will be assessed against the standards as part of the appraisal process.

In addition all trainee teachers will be assessed against the standards and all NQTs will be assessed (in a different context to trainee teachers) against the standards at the end of their induction.

Upper pay spine

There are no longer professional standards for post threshold teachers/those wishing to move to the upper pay spine.

The criteria for teachers moving from the main to upper pay range is now detailed in the schools' pay policy.

In summary the teacher needs to demonstrate that they are is highly competent in all elements of the relevant teacher standards; and that their achievements and contribution to the school, are substantial and sustained - in our view this needs to be wider than their class/es demonstrating best practice in developing the quality of others’ teaching.

Teachers will be assessed as part of the appraisal process over a period of time to be decided by the school (see your school pay and/or appraisal policy).

Last updated: 20 Jan 2015