Category Archives: Common Inspection Framework

Date for your diary:Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector, Optimus Education Conference

I am very pleased to have been invited to present a workshop on developing peer observation models. Hope to see you at this exciting conference for the FE sector. Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning & Assessment in the FE … Continue reading

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Top Reads of 2013: Blog postings for Managers and Leaders in FE

Happy 2014! Here are the most read blogs from my site, which I hope provide some useful food for thought and discussion for managers and leaders in the FE sector. A Think Piece for Leaders in FE: The Big Conversation … 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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Stretching without punishing! Tips for challenging learners in engaging ways

Stretch and challenge is a hot topic for debate at the moment, triggered in part by its prominence within the 2012 Common Inspection Framework.┬áInspectors will evaluate: “How well teaching and learning methods- including training, coaching and mentoring- inspire and challenge … Continue reading

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Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector

Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE & Skills Sector, Optimus Education Conference on November 28th 2013, London http://www.optimus-education.com/conferences/conference/FE/main I’ll be presenting two workshops at this conference, one on formative assessment strategies for the classroom and one on performance … Continue reading

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Coaching teachers after a grade 3 or 4 observation: challenges and tips

There is a widespread perception that the new Common Inspection Framework (2015) has raised the bar for standards in T&L. Colleagues┬áin the FE sector are mentioning the fact that in many cases, an old framework grade 2 lesson will now … Continue reading

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The challenges of performance management in the FE sector

Performance management is the latest hot topic in the FE sector. The new Common Inspection Framework (June 2012) seems to have been a catalyst for this, with its consistent mention of the need to measure and improve the performance of … Continue reading

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