Peer Visits or Pair Sharing: How can we encourage more of it in the FE sector?

Useful reading for all those FE and Sixth Form Colleges exploring peer observation models for professional dialogue. Hope to hear from you!

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Last week I led a workshop on ‘peer observation’ at the Optimus Education Conference for FE. I was sharing the findings to date from two colleges that I am supporting with their efforts to encourage peer visits/pair sharing; opportunities for teachers to visit a peer’s classroom and reflect on the teaching and learning happening there.

At the workshop I met a group of thoughtful and enthusiastic people who see the value of this process and were keen to foster it in their colleges. What struck me was how few colleges have a dynamic, vigorous culture of consistent peer visiting and that this message is replicated whenever I start work in a new college as a consultant, trainer or coach. It seems to me that many of us would really like to see a colleague’s class and have some reflective space for a dialogue with that peer about the experience. Yet…

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