The School Teacher Appraisal (Wales) Regulations 2011

The appraisal cycle

22.  (1)  Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, and to regulation 23, the head teacher must determine the timing of the appraisal cycle for every school teacher at the school.

(2) Except as provided for in paragraphs (3), (4) and (5) and regulation 23(3), the length of an appraisal cycle will be one year.

(3) In the case of a school teacher employed under a contract of employment for a fixed term of less than one year the length of the appraisal cycle is the period of the fixed term.

(4) In the case of the first appraisal cycle under these Regulations of a school teacher in post on the date on which these Regulations come into force, the head teacher may determine that the length of the appraisal cycle will be a period other than one year provided that it ends no later than 31 December 2012 .

(5) In the case of the first appraisal cycle under these Regulations of a school teacher not in post on the date which these Regulations come into force, the head teacher may determine that the length of the cycle will be a period of less than one year.

(6) In the case of a school teacher at a maintained nursery school in post on the relevant date, the head teacher may determine that the length of the first appraisal cycle is a period other than one year provided that it ends no later than 31 December 2012.

(7) In the case of a school teacher employed under a contract of employment for a fixed term of less than one year (but not being a short term contract) in post on the relevant date, performance must be appraised throughout the unexpired period of the contract as at the relevant date and reviewed at the end of the fixed term.

(8) Once begun, appraisal cycles for every school teacher will be continuous.

(9) The appointment of a new appraiser will not cause a school teacher’s appraisal cycle to begin again.