This is the OFSTED criteria for an outstanding lesson. Inspectors are much more focused on the curriculum and how learning is seamless and sequenced to ensure that pupils are learning and continue to make progress. Inspectors may want to see a cover lesson especially where they are following a class around for the day and where a cover lesson may be a part of that day.
The inspector will not be looking at the Cover Supervisor’s practice but how well the cover work fits into the learning from previous lessons and the work that will follow. It is therefore important for the Cover Supervisor to know that they are not being judged. However, it is useful to know that the work set should be appropriate and fit in with what pupils already know and are building on.
Have a look at the words above in green:
Is the work set moving pupils on in terms of their previous learning?
Does the work set continue to challenge pupils?
Will the work set be marked or assessed by the teacher following on from the lesson?
Do pupils have opportunities to demonstrate their individuality and independence as part of the learning set?
Are you able to help pupils when they are stuck with comprehension, thinking what to write, how to articulate and can you support them with simple numeracy issues?
Do you provide pupils with feedback which might support the teacher when he or she returns?
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