One thing I think we can all agree on is that in our line of work the ‘goal posts are always moving’. This is to be expected (and a positive thing) if provision is to improve and what was deemed outstanding practice becomes the ‘norm’ for all.
This is particularly so when we look at the observation of teaching,learning and assessment. The surprising thing is when you consider that providers have had observation strategies in place and have diligently been carrying out observations for years that Ofsted are now reporting so many weaknesses in this area.
With this in mind it is really worth taking a few minutes to look at the effectiveness of your current observation process. Having been a provider myself I appreciate how busy you are but a few minutes to reflect will pay dividends.
Consider the following:
- Does your observation process enable you to understand the performance of your staff so that you can better target and easily monitor their CPD?
- Is your observation process having an impact on improving learners’ progress and achievements?
- From your process can you readily identify trends so as to support planning to improve standards of teaching and learning?
- Does your observation process make it easy to pick out and share good practice?
- If the answer to all of these questions is YES, then Ofsted will not be making comments like this about you:
‘The process of observing and evaluating teaching and learning is not a key driver in quality improvement.’
‘The findings from the observation of assessment are not used sufficiently well to improve learners’ experience on their programmes.’
‘The observation process has been ineffective in giving tutors and assessors clear guidance on how to improve their delivery.’
‘Observations of teaching, learning and assessment do not identify existing good practice to ensure that it can be shared effectively, or to find common areas for improvement.’
We have just released version 2 of Observation Manager – a time saving, cost effective and comprehensive tool that enables you to make the most of your observations judgements (avoiding the weaknesses mentioned above)
New features include:
- Observee’s start date at company
- Observee’s qualifications
- Risk Banding for observee’s
- The ability to plan in multiple observations for an observee
- A Good Practice indicator
- 3 Good Practice reports
- A subcontractor filter
- A branch filter
- A Good Practice category filter
All of the above are good examples of Observation Best Practice.