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An 11 Point Review Of Your Observation Process

    Great news! Education Secretary Damian Hinds has pledged to strip away workload that doesn’t add value in the classroom and give teachers the time to focus on teaching.  Naturally this will link with what Ofsted expects to see during an inspection. This certainly makes sense and the aim is that it will lead […]

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What Do Staff REALLY Think About Being Observed?

  I have been giving a lot of thought to the need to be ‘singing  from the same hymn sheet’ if observations are to be effective. Agreement on the purpose, what makes good teaching and learning  and methodology is fundamental to the success of any observation process.  ‘Buy in’ and collaboration from observees are essential  and […]

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7 Tips for RECEIVING effective feedback

        How prepared are your staff to receive feedback?  Observer training is essential but it is easy to overlook the observee’s needs- feedback is for the recipient not the giver.   Improve the effectiveness of your observations  by making sure your observees  are fully prepared, engaged and motivated by the experience.  This means […]

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10 Tips To Ensure Staff Observations Improve Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  I have been considering the decision of Ofsted to stop grading individual lessons during inspections.  The reason is understandable – they did not want to give the impression that the impact of teaching, learning and assessment can be condensed into a snapshot of one lesson.  This has triggered many providers to evaluate their procedures […]

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Evaluating A Lesson Observation System

        ________________________________________________________________________________ When evaluating if the Observation Manager lesson observation tool would benefit your company consider the following:  Is your current teacher observation procedure as streamline and effective as it could be? Are observer’s judgments aligned to Ofsted lesson observation criteria? Is your procedure supporting staff to improve their  approaches to teaching and learning? […]

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