Positive Lesson Observation for Constructive Feedback, Change and Challenge 9th October 2023 London

Developing teachers and support staff and understanding the importance of positive lesson observations, effective learning walk – throughs and constructive feedback.

Developing teachers and support staff and understanding the importance of positive lesson observations, effective learning walk - throughs and constructive feedback

How will this course benefit you?

Lesson observations are an essential part of school life.  However, they are often seen as an imposition or something that is done to the observed. This course looks at how lesson observation can be a transformational process welcomed by all as part of professional development and learning.

Building trust and fostering confidence in the process of observing classroom performance and its impact on learning allows for both the observed and the observer to reflect on how to use observation as an essential part of continued professional development and learning.

The best way forward is to make it explicit that lesson observation is part of professional learning for all those concerned. Every member of the teaching staff needs to be involved, all should have the opportunity to observe others and engage in professional learning conversations about the quality of the lesson, what worked well and what the teacher might do differently next time.

Giving teachers an opportunity to talk about teaching and learning as part of lesson observation gives them the opportunity to celebrate what they do well, share what achieves impact and take away the ideas and best practice from other practitioners. There should be a high degree of trust between the observed and the observer. In a coaching culture the observer is not there to judge but to feedback in a positive way that creates for the teacher an opportunity to learn and grow in their role.

The course provides those who take part with opportunities throughout to practice coaching skills and deepen their understanding of how to feedback positively to encourage reflection and foster a motivation to want to make changes and to learn.

Questions to ask?

What makes an outstanding lesson and what are observers looking for?
How does Ofsted define outstanding and what do they look for?
How do you know if a lesson has been successful?
How many lesson observations should a teacher have?
What feedback should I give or expect from a learning walk?
How long should a lesson observation last?

What will be covered in the course?

  • Reflecting on the current value, purpose and impact of lesson observation in your organisation - reviewing what works well and what could change
  • A focus on the new education inspection framework (EIF) and in particular the quality of education judgement. Defining what OFSTED are looking for in relation to the school vision and ambition for pedagogy and learning
  • Lesson observation for professional learning - how can we change the emphasis from performance management to professional learning and development and use instructional coaching in a very positive way?
  • Focusing on pedagogy, curriculum planning and implementation, learning outcomes and progression - making lesson observation integral to continuing professional development through highly effective and motivating conversations
  • A deeper focus on highly effective feedback techniques and questioning skills and how using facilitative and instructional coaching techniques will support positive change
  • An opportunity to practice and review how coaching creates a shared understanding of the intrinsic value of lesson observation as part of developing a learning culture

Who will benefit from using the materials, presentations and resources?

Headteachers, Principals and Senior Leaders who have a pivotal role in ensuring high quality pedagogy and learning define high quality outcomes across the school

Subject Leaders and Departmental Heads particularly in the pursuance of ensuring curriculum intent is translated into curriculum implementation linked to a focus on high quality teaching and learning
Middle Leaders and Subject Leaders who are a part of the observation process linked to teacher continuing professional development and the pursuance of high quality teaching and learning across the whole school. Also those responsible for Early Career Teachers and Initial Teacher Training

Venue Based Courses

All of our venues are high quality, corporate standard. Run from 9.30am - 3.00pm with breaks for refreshments and lunch - all included in the price. So there are plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with colleagues.

We believe that our education professionals deserve the very best and that's what we aim to provide!

All resources and activities will be given out on the day for you to use and also provided digitally for you to take back to school to use with your colleagues.

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