She said: 'The Welsh assembly government has been working with local education authorities' consortia on planning for the training in and the introduction of the new arrangements. I want to see the new performance management system implemented properly and consistently throughout Wales. support this, the Welsh assembly government will be fully funding local education authorities for the costs of the training needed for the new system and its initial operation in 2002-03.
'For the initial operation of this system, we will be funding the management and deployment of performance management consultants, who will provide assistance to schools in establishing their performance management arrangements. We will also be supporting the management and deployment of performance management advisers, who will provide assistance to governors and headteachers in operating performance management arrangements in their schools.
'Costs cannot be finalised at this stage but are likely to be in the order of£3.7m. This substantial commitment by the Welsh assembly government underlines our view of the importance of this work.'
1. Performance management (teacher appraisal) is a system of annual performance review that involves professional dialogue about aims and achievements between teachers and their team leaders and head teachers and their governing body.
2. Existing regulations already provide for the appraisal of the performance of school teachers in Wales. The new performance management regulations amend the current system to introduce an annual performance management cycle for all teachers, with performance objectives set at the outset of the cycle, monitoring during the cycle, and a performance review at the end.
3. The system provides a clearer procedure for assessing teachers' performance in relation to agreed priorities and objectives, which should help teachers improve their effectiveness for their own benefit and for the benefit of the children they teach. It also helps to ensure that training and professional development needs are identified, and steps taken to meet them, on a consistent and regular basis.
4. The regulations also aim to ensure that all schools have performance management policies and procedures in place, which are consistent in their approach.
5. This announcement deals with funding for 2002-03. No final decisions have been reached on support for the performance management system beyond this setting-up period - a separate announcement will bemade in due course.