The Annual Review Conversation replaces the current PRDP process.
However, to ensure a smooth transition to ARC, those who are in the middle of a PRDP process will still be able to access the old PRDP forms.
All staff will be expected to have moved to the ARC process by July 2024.

Feedback from Staff Survey results showed low satisfaction and compliance with the PRDP process and did not meet our community's needs or expectations. As a result, a consultant-led review was carried out on the process.

The consultation gathered feedback from over 400 colleagues across College and all job families. It found that whilst there were pockets of good practice, generally, staff felt the process was a tick-box exercise and were confused about the purpose.

A steering group was set up with members from across College and representation from different staff groups. Annual Review Conversations was born and approved by the People and Culture Committee in March 2023 from this group.

What's changed from the old PRDP? 

  • Focus: Emphasis on the individual's needs and optimal performance in the upcoming year, removing mandatory performance evaluation ratings.
  • Simplified Form: A standardised form that facilitates conversation, capturing essential points and actions. Confidentiality is maintained between the individual and their line manager.
  • Support and Toolkits: Training, guidance, and online resources provided to support individuals and line managers, accessible and inclusive to all. Suggestions for improvement can be emailed to
  • No Surprises Principle: Issues should be addressed in ongoing 1-2-1 conversations, ensuring no surprises during ARC. Resources on effective 1-2-1 conversations and Performance Management will be available.
  • Agenda Setting: Individuals set the agenda by selecting important factors, with line managers providing additional topics for discussion.
  • Time Frame: ARC seasons (February-April or July-September) aligned with departmental strategies, enabling targeted support, guidance, and learnings from the process.