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Supporting Probationary Periods for Staff: The Power of Performance Management Systems

We take a look at providing support and guidance to probationary staff members using a performance management system.

Damien Roberts  Damien Roberts
22 September 2023


In the world of education, the success of schools and colleges heavily depends on the quality of their staff. As school and college improvement consultants, we understand the importance of providing support and guidance to probationary staff members during their critical early years in an educational institution. Performance management systems like SchooliP (and CollegeiP for Further Education Colleges), offered by Derventio Education, have revolutionised the way schools and colleges can efficiently manage and support staff through their probationary periods.

In this insight, we will explore how SchooliP and similar systems can be instrumental in enhancing the effectiveness of your staff performance management during probation.

The Significance of Probationary Periods

Probationary periods serve as a crucial phase for both the newly appointed staff member and the institution. For new educators, this is an opportunity to acclimate to the school's culture, establish effective teaching practices, and prove their capabilities. For schools and colleges, it is a time to assess whether the new staff members align with the institution's values, goals, and expectations.

However, probationary periods can also be stressful and challenging for both parties involved. New staff members may struggle to meet the institution's standards, while educational institutions need an efficient way to monitor and support probationary staff development.

This is where performance management systems like SchooliP come into play.

How SchooliP Supports Probationary Staff

1. Clear Goal Setting: SchooliP enables institutions to set clear and specific performance goals for probationary staff members. These goals are aligned with the institution's values and expectations, making it easier for staff to understand what is expected of them.

2. Regular Feedback and Assessment: Probationary staff members can receive regular feedback from mentors, supervisors, and peers through the SchooliP platform. This feedback is essential for their professional growth and development.

3. Documentation and Evidence: SchooliP allows staff to document their achievements, professional development activities, and evidence of meeting performance goals. This documentation serves as a valuable resource for evaluating progress and outcomes.

4. Professional Development Planning: Probationary staff members can create personalised professional development plans within SchooliP. These plans help them address areas where improvement is needed and set a path for continuous growth.

5. Reflective Practice: The platform encourages reflective practice, where staff members can self-assess their performance, identify areas of improvement, and develop strategies for enhancement.

6. Data-Driven Decision-Making: SchooliP offers robust data analytics tools that help educational institutions track the progress of probationary staff members. This data-driven approach allows for informed decision-making regarding staff development and support.

Benefits of Using SchooliP for Probationary Staff

1. Enhanced Support: Probationary staff members receive continuous support and guidance, fostering a positive and growth-oriented work environment.

2. Improved Performance: By setting clear expectations and providing regular feedback, institutions can help probationary staff members improve their teaching and other job-related skills.

3. Efficient Documentation: SchooliP streamlines the documentation process, reducing administrative burden and ensuring that all relevant information is readily available for evaluation.

4. Compliance and Accountability: The platform helps institutions maintain compliance with regulations and ensures accountability in the probationary process.

5. Retention and Career Growth: Effective support during probationary periods can lead to higher staff retention rates and contribute to long-term career growth within the educational institution.


Performance management systems like SchooliP are invaluable tools for educational institutions looking to support probationary staff effectively. By utilising these platforms, schools and colleges can foster a culture of continuous improvement, boost staff morale, and ultimately enhance the quality of education provided. Probationary periods can be a transformative experience for both educators and institutions when supported by robust performance management systems like SchooliP.

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