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The Art of Positive Lesson Observation - A coaching approach that fosters professional conversations about pedagogy and learning

lesson observationIs outstanding teaching and learning your best kept secret?

  • How is feedback from lesson observation used to support on-going continuing professional development?
  • How does lesson observation create opportunities to reflect on how the curriculum is delivered to ensure breadth and depth and sequencing over time?
  • To what extent is high quality and outstanding lesson delivery disseminated and cascaded to other teachers?
  • When do teachers and managers share their understanding of pedagogy and what works well in the classroom?
  • How do teachers share their own experiences with their peers to learn from the successes or mistakes of others?
  • To what extent is lesson observation seen as a learning tool by both the teacher and their line manager?

This Learning Cultures training event looks closely at why lesson observation is an important aspect of CPD and how to ensure that the lessons learnt from observation are shared and cascaded. We support line managers to develop a range of coaching skills that will help them to develop feedback techniques that encourage the individual teacher to find their own solutions to the issues raised as part of an observation. We work with those involved in the observation process to reflect on the impact lesson observation has on individual performance, improvements in teaching and learning and progression for the learner. We provide opportunities for reflection where managers can consider how best to use observation as a tool for cascading good and outstanding practice to a wider forum and make it an integral part of a strategy for whole school improvement. Download a copy of our Top Tips for Lesson Observation by clicking on the title.

This event will include:-

  • A review of the purpose and value of lesson observation in relation to whole school, faculty, departmental or team improvement
  • Reflecting on current practice and how the observation of lessons is used as a positive part of a whole school CPD strategy
  • Lesson observation indicators as described by OFSTED/ISI and how these can be used to focus on the qualities of pedagogy and learning outcomes for pupils
  • Learning how using coaching techniques can help to ensure that highly effective classroom practice is shared and cascaded in a positive way and supports those who are underperforming to have the confidence and motivation to try different techniques and approaches
  • An opportunity for those attending to begin to develop a range of coaching skills to support highly effective feedback and to create a culture of nurture, self-reflection and positive change
  • A focus on how to take the learning back to school to ensure coaching skills will further develop effective feedback and the sharing and cascading of good and outstanding practice to ensure that lesson observation has a positive impact on school improvement

Who should attend?

Line managers, subject and faculty leaders and all those involved in the process of lesson observation that is either formal or informal. There are profound opportunities here for those involved in developing whole school CPD strategies to use the learning developed through this event to add in coaching as an integral part of the observation process and work towards creating a coaching culture that will ensure outstanding practice is shared and disseminated so that all teaching and support staff can learn and grow from the process.

The latest OFSTED Handbook published November 2019 says that observation will be an integral part of the process of inspection. However, their focus is on how the curriculum is delivered to ensure connections are made across all learning and that there is no mismatch with what has been planned and what is delivered.  With this in mind lesson observation needs to have a clear rationale. All teachers and support staff across the school need to plan and deliver their subject content linked to the sequencing of learning within their subject and how that learning dovetails into other learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum.  Creating opportunities for teachers to observe themselves in a variety of settings will help to foster professional dialogue that leads to the cascading of good and effective practice linked to ensuring there are connections across all learning. This June OFSTED have focused on how to ensure lesson observation accurately assesses how well the curriculum intent is implemented across all lessons.  They have published a list of indicators they will use as part of their lesson observation model. Press for the link to the PDF we have created to represent these indicators.

OFSTED have also produced a set of observation indicators to use as part of their own validation. They focus on teaching and are not necessarily what will be used at an inspection. They do, however, provide some useful guidance on what to look for in a good or outstanding lesson. We have added to them a set of indicators of what observers and teachers might be looking for in terms of learning outcomes from the pupils.  Essentially a far less subjective set of indicators that are linked directly to what pupils produce, learn and retain.

ESTYN in Wales are also focused on the quality of lesson observation:

  • The inspection team discusses the prevalence and significance of the various strengths and weaknesses in standards and teaching across the provider.
  • The inspection team gathers a wide range of evidence on the quality of teaching and the progress made by learners, for example through scrutiny of teachers’ planning and talking to learners about their work.

 All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "Fantastic days training. Lots of practical and theoretical advice and ideas. So many great resources". Head of Teaching and Learning from a school in London
  • "A great experience, sharing ideas and being able to have a mixed discussion with other delegates". Head of Sixth Form from a school Manchester
  • "Great day and extremely useful in helping me evaluate my observation and supervision style". Teacher from a school in Birmingham
  • "It was a brilliant day. Excellent delivery, excellent ideas and excellent resources". Head of Teaching and Learning from a school in Bristol
  • "A great experience, I would fully recommend this course to anyone". Assistant Headteacher from a school in Kent

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  • "Fantastic days training. Lots of practical and theoretical advice and ideas. So many great resources". Head of Teaching and Learning from a school in London
  • "A great experience, sharing ideas and being able to have a mixed discussion with other delegates". Head of Sixth Form from a school Manchester
  • "Great day and extremely useful in helping me evaluate my observation and supervision style". Teacher from a school in Birmingham
  • "It was a brilliant day. Excellent delivery, excellent ideas and excellent resources". Head of Teaching and Learning from a school in Bristol
  • "A great experience, I would fully recommend this course to anyone". Assistant Headteacher from a school in Kent
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