A NEW approach to Lesson Observations 2015/16

Old Primary Head

It’s time to rethink the way my school approaches lesson observations again. I have not done traditional graded lesson observations for some time now and have flit between thinking this is a good and a bad idea. In truth I am not sure an ‘observed’ lesson can truly escape the judgemental realms. Last year we populated the observation with a set of Non-Negotiable elements we expected to see in the lesson, such as:

Differentiation

Links to data

Knowledge of interventions and their impact

These were then developed into an ‘expected standard’ and this was the aim of the lesson observations – to prove that this standard was evident. If it was not then this became a development point. If it was – Hurrah, you met the standard expected… If it was strong it was shared as ‘good practice’. I feel we need to move away from this ‘accountability’ function to…

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