Should be meaningful Should be related to your job Should be related to your past experience Should be related to your future ambitions Use any self-appraisal prompt sheets or documents you feel comfortable with Think of your needs in the organisation Think of your personal needs Try to link the two Be analytical and honest with yourself Use self-appraisal to help you arrive at a focus Avoid the confessional attitude! Think about what you want out of the appraisal process Think about what you want to be different as a result of your appraisal Think about what this difference will look like Think about training and development implications Think about the quality of your teaching Think about the quality of the pupils' learning

Agree the date, time, place and duration between the appraisee and the appraiser Choose a suitable venue Choose an undisturbed environment The venue does not have to be in school! Be on time

Have an agenda and stick to it Agree who will keep notes Keep accurate records Agree challenging and rigorous focuses Agree all the details of observation Agree all the details of other data collection Agree your ground rules for conducting the appraisal

Consider school, departmental, team or group priorities Consider your individual priorities Try to cover both Make sure your focuses are SMART Learn from the first cycle of appraisal There is no rule as to how many focuses you have

Make sure the observation is directly related to the focus Be clear as to how the observation will take place Agree ground rules for the observation Agree the role of the observer Decide when the observer will enter and leave the classroom Be clear what you are going to tell the pupils Be dear how any recording will take place Allow time for informal feedback after the observation Feedback should always be constructive Observation should contribute to the appraisal interview

Data collection should be related to the focus All aspects of data collection should be agreed between appraiser and appraisee Data collection should be manageable Data does not always have to be written Data collected should contribute to the interview Agree what will happen to any written data Only agreed data should be collected

Agree on the date, time, place and duration of the interview Stick to your agreements!