I'm curious. I'm teaching in my 3rd school. Started in December. They appear to do formal lesson obs every halfterm. A few weeks ago, I, as well as all other teachers, was presented with a sealed envelope which was headed 'termly performance review' and which contained a grade from 1 to 4 (1 = outstanding and 4 = inadequate). This judgement was based on various criteria: data, lesson obs, behaviour audits, book scrutinies etc. I have never experienced this before in my other 2 schools. We were never graded, either numerically or by a label. Is this common in schools? Apparently it happens every term and I find it bizarre, but everyone else seems to accept it as the norm.