Monthly Archives: November 2013

Turning self-assessment reviews into a collaborative conversation

Self-assessment review (SAR) can be a right yawn. The meetings can involve ploughing through reams of data, where you can’t see the wood for the trees, dry superficial commentary and flairless, vague action points. Despite wanting to respect the process, … Continue reading

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Developing and coordinating your coaching network: challenges and tips

Teaching and learning coaches have gone viral! Most colleges I work with in the FE sector have a network of T&L coaches, Advanced Teachers, Advanced Practitioners or Learning Practitioners. I find them some of the most inspiring, creative, engaging people … Continue reading

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Learning walks for sharing, not surveillance

There are huge opportunities for sharing practice and reflecting on learning within the learning walk model. Yet many colleges are limiting the model to its incarnation as a policing tool, the long arm of management checking on what is happening … Continue reading

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Leading learning in the FE sector: how can we drive teaching and learning improvement?

I am very pleased to be part of this Sector Training event on December 4th related to the leadership involved in improving teaching and learning. The event will be a stimulating combination of messages from Ofsted about ways to lead … Continue reading

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Developing your skills as an observer: Questions for reflection after observing a teacher and having the professional dialogue

In colleges and schools, many people carry out observations of colleagues, give them feedback and encourage professional dialogue about the learners and their learning experience. Observation, feedback and professional dialogue involve complex skills that require attention, practice and evaluation. ┬áIt … Continue reading

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