Know your school by not grading lessons

Liam Collins' Blog

When I arrived at my school I observed the worse side of lesson observations. DHTs used to swoop in a pair on lessons and feedback to rest of the team of the approximate grading. Staff were fearful of observations.  Because of my  work in a previous school had planted the seed of looking at a different way and I was determined to try to do it here.   I saw jazz hands and collapses.  The central question was how do you know your school without grading lessons?

I had always tried to analyse lesson observations with other information. So in the days of ofsted style observations I would always ask HOF to comment on the grades for their staff. Was the outstanding typical from what they saw on a day-to-day basis? I then started to triangulate with exam results and student progress and I noticed something weird. At least I…

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