Why lesson observations only count for so much


Lesson observations are high stakes. It’s a statement of the obvious to say they are stressful. And it sometimes seems as though reputations are made or lost through one-off lesson observations.

Some context here. Every profession or business has quality assurance built into the system. And education is no exception. It is not unreasonable that over £55bn of public funding on education should be checked. And the focus of the checks is the achievement of young people. Given their starting points, how much difference are we making to the lives of students in our schools and in our classrooms?

One purpose of an Ofsted inspection is check how robust the school’s own self evaluation is. Has the school got an accurate picture of how well all their students are doing compared with others nationally? Do they know how well the vulnerable groups are achieving? What are they doing to narrow…

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