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Early Childhood Education - Appraisal

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Annual performance management/appraisal

When reviewing/refining your appraisal system to professional leaders and teachers, it is important to discuss what is most important for you and others in your ECE service. We suggest completing the table for discussion, watching the 15 minute webinar about the Appraisal Conceptual Framework and listening to Cindy talk about how they reviewed their system and brought abour change.

Characteristics and benefits of the effective appraisal [download the .doc]

Appraisal Conceptual Framework/He Kete Whakatipu Ngaio Tangata - a webinar

Effective Appraisal - a video

Standards for the Teaching Profession

Quality practice in my context - template [download the .doc]. You can also download the instructions as an audio recording here

Requirements for a centre owner/manager/leader's appraisal [download the .pdf]

Example appraisal plan and annual summary report template [download the .doc]

In ECE services where the NZEI collective agreement applies, the matrix below shows how they two sets of standards fit together. In other settings, there will be aspects of appraisal that relate to accountability and also to professional learning and inquiry. The coherence document illustrates how these can be linked into a single appraisal system.
Coherence diagram

Matrix aligning the Standards for the Teaching Profession and Professional Standards (for kindergarten teachers)


Tātaiako will be revised to reflect the Standards for the Teaching Profession, however it is still a valuable resource in its current form. It is a lens through which to view and inform your practice across all of the Standards. The Standards, like the Tātaiako cultural competencies, are holistic and the elaborations provide more information about practices that reflect them. As you consider what the Standards look like in your setting, Tātaiako continues to provide examples of practice and outcomes. 

Goals and inquiry

Setting goals [download the .doc]

Goal setting and inquiry - a webinar

Goal setting and inquiry - a webinar in NZSL

Webinar Resource Book: Goal setting and inquiry

When thinking about the focus of an inquiry or making decisions about the progress, consider these resources. 

Ka Hikitia [.pdf]

Pasifika Education [.pdf]

Auditor General's Report, Education for Maori: Using information to improve Māori educational success, June 2016 [.pdf]

Evidence curated

Putting together your evidence package or portfolio [download the doc]

What is evidence? Part One - a webinar. This webinar is also available in New Zealand Sign Language. Note: The teachers' component diagram is used in this webinar. You may wish to refer to the components diagram for ECE teachers above. 

What is evidence? Part One - workbook. 

Guidelines for effective observations

We encourage teachers to centre their appraisal around their goals or inquiry. The following resources ensure your inquiry is robust and systematic. While there are a range of models that you can use, we have used the Spirals of Inquiry or the Ruia model most frequently in our examples. 

Spiral of Inquiry Paper - Timperley, Kaser and Halbert [pdf]

Appraisal Discussion

Appraisal discussion guide - what I might talk to my appraiser about [download the .doc]

Summary report and guidelines for use
As participants in an effective appraisal system, teachers, kaiako and professional leaders and tumuaki will have an appraisal summary report that is signed dated and states whether or not their practice reflects all of the Standards for the Teaching Profession. The report marks the end of the cycle, provides affirmation and signals next steps. If one of the standards (or professional standards in the collective agreement is not met) the timeframe and action to be taken will be recorded in the summary report. The template included here indicates what they could look like. The Guidelines to accompany it provide further explanation. Middle and senior leaders may wish to use an appraisal plan with the summary report in it or have a summary report that is a stand-alone document. Both template examples are available below.

A summary report and guidelines [download the .doc]

Open to Learning - a webinar. This webinar is also available in New Zealand Sign Language

ECE Professional Leaders Appraisal Workshops

Quality Practice Template [download the .doc]

Quick Reference to the Standards [download the .doc]

Workshop Resource Book [download the .doc]