'Questio Quid Juris' is a latin phrase meaning "I question which law applies" The shorter version is "Questio Juris", meaning "What is the law?" What is the relevance to Competency Procedures? When a Competency Procedure is initiated this is done according to an established procedure, which you must be issued with a copy of. These procedures vary greatly between LEA's, some far harsher than others it would seem. In the main they address the pattern of review meeetings and hearings that must take place during the procedure, and the intervals between them during which you will be assessed, and they do this very clearly. However one thing they tend not to address, from what I have seen so far, is the question of what actually happens in order to determine if the teacher has fulfilled the targets that they have been set. Although this can include such things as book-scrutiny and analysis of results, it mainly seems to consist of formal lesson observations where a judgement is made as to the overall quality of teaching (None of this applies to informal "drop-ins", as they are not graded in this way). The question then must be asked: according to what procedure/protocol should these lesson observations be carried out? Every LEA will have an agreed lesson observation protocol for use in Performance Management, but does the same protocol apply to Competency Procedures? If so then a person on a competency procedure is guaranteed to be judged in the same way (bias on the part of the observer notwithstanding) as their colleagues. If it does not, then what does? In the absense of a lesson observation protocol that applies to competency procedures, a headteacher is authorised to do whatever they like with regard to lesson observations. But that cannot be squared with employment law, which requires due regard to such things as the Duty of care. This duty can only be discharged when a member of staff is treated in accordance with established, and agreed, procedures. Otherwise, if they come to harm as a result of their treatment, there is no possible defence by virtue of having acted in accordance with policy. So if you are on a Competency Procedure, and cannot confirm which Lesson Observation Protocol applies to that procedure, just ask "Questio Quid Juris?" What Law/Regulation/Policy applies to the conduct of lesson observations as part of this procedure? Don't assume that those who formulate policy will have thought of this. It seems to be the case that very often they have not, quite simply because very often those on Competency Procedures are too stressed to think of such questions, while their unions are often more concerned with following the line of least resistance, and getting them out on a Competency Agreement, than with addressing such legal questions. This is why you must insist on also being issued with a copy of the lesson observation protocol that will be used to judge your teaching. If the answer is anything other than "Here it is" or "I'll get you a copy" (Or any other answer that results in your getting a copy of it) then you are being subjected to a negligent procedure that cannot, legally, result in your involutarily losing your job. And that is regardless of your Competence, quite simply because an established test of that competence has not been applied.