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Lesson observations – quality assurance or quality improvement?

http://blog.optimus-education.com/lesson-observations-quality-assurance-or-quality-improvement The blog on the link above includes some thoughts on the importance of gaining staff feedback on observation practices and seeing observation as a tool for professional learning and quality improvement as opposed to mere quality assurance. There is … Continue reading

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The language of professional dialogue in developmental observations

This year I am supporting some FE colleges with the transition from graded to ungraded developmental lesson observations and what a fascinating journey that is! I am watching these colleges develop a new mindset about how to watch classroom practice … Continue reading

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Lesson Observation – new approaches, new possibilities: Cross Sector Conference

I am delighted to be involved with this major event for the sector on the hot topic of lesson observation. The event includes speakers from the world of research as well as case studies from colleges and insights from consultants … Continue reading

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Ungraded Lesson Observation Pilot by Ofsted in FE: Welcome news!

News of an ungraded lesson observation pilot in the FE sector – very exciting news! http://feweek.co.uk/2014/06/13/ofsted-to-end-lesson-gradings-in-fe-pilot/  

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Reclaiming observation from the inspectors: approaches to peer observation

The value of peer observation Peer observation can be a stimulating, fascinating and rewarding thing to do. Yet in many colleges and schools it is patchy, sporadic or non-existent, possibly because the concept of “observation” brings to mind the stress, … Continue reading

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“Strong teachers”: Why are we neglecting their development?

Why should we focus on developmental dialogue with strong teachers? In many colleges, there can be a tendency to neglect the development of teachers who achieve grade one or two in the observed lesson or are simply performing well in general. … Continue reading

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