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30

Full day from:
£930.00 + VAT to £1130.00 + VAT

Half day from:
£730.00 + VAT to £930.00 + VAT

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Course costs are based on 15 participants

This course can be tailored to your individual requirements

Classroom observation 2017: Primary

This is a one-day course for senior and middle leaders, teachers and other educational professionals. It is practical and skill based. Participants are taught to use structured observation as part of school self-evaluation. The training includes applying inspection criteria to lessons observed, evaluating the quality of learning and of teaching and linking the two, evaluating the pupil outcomes, completing evidence forms, feeding back to teachers, and planning action to bring about improvement. Being able to observe lessons and other aspects of provision purposefully, efficiently and effectively is essential to good management. Lesson observation is integral to school self-evaluation and invaluable when diagnosing the causes of strengths and weakness in school performance. This course explores issues surrounding the use of observation as a management tool for gathering information and evaluating effectiveness.

Course Overview

This course helps participants to develop skills of lesson observation and of evaluating the quality of provision using pupil outcomes. The course enables participants to know where to pitch judgements, record observations clearly and unambiguously and understand what constitutes a good lesson evidence form. By the end of the course participants will be able to apply the methodology of focused lesson observations and they will become familiar with the Inspection Framework where it is relevant to evaluating provision. Participants will be able to formulate protocols for lesson observations and develop a code of conduct. They will develop skills in collating data from lesson observations to identify strengths, weaknesses and aspects for improvement and they will look at feeding back to teachers and other stakeholders relevant findings.

Course Objectives

Participants are helped to:  

  • develop skills of lesson observation and of evaluating the quality of provision using pupil outcomes;
  • know where to pitch judgements;
  • record observations clearly and unambiguously;
  • understand what constitutes a good lesson evidence form;
  • apply the methodology of focused lesson observations;
  • become familiar with the Inspection Framework where it is relevant to evaluating provision;
  • formulate protocols for lesson observations and develop a code of conduct;
  • feedback to teachers and other stakeholders relevant findings;
  • collate data from lesson observations to identify strengths, weaknesses and aspects for improvement.
 

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

Making judgements
  • Starting points
  • Outstanding teaching
  • The characteristics of effective learning
  • Quality of teaching in the school
  • Profiling teaching using the inspection criteria
  • National expectations
  • The typical child
  • Good progress
  • The national ruler for measuring children
  • National expectations and prior attainment
  • Profiling progress
  • Using SWOT analysis to identify priorities for observation
 

Session 2

Making judgements
  • Lesson observation – school checklist
  • The quality of provision: inspection guidance on making judgements about teaching and learning
  • The inspection evidence form
  • Characteristics of a good evidence form
Observation methodology
  • Methodology
Observation 1
  • The context
  • Forming the hypothesis
  • The purpose of the lesson
 

Session 3

Observation 2
  • Calculating expectations
  • Teacher expectations and hypotheses about progress over time
  • Short observation: mental and oral starter
  • Main teaching
  • Independent and group work
  • The plenary
  • Completing an evidence form
 

Session 4

Observing 3
  • The feedback
 

Tutor information and feedback

Tutor:

Bruce McAlpine has managed the Company for 18 years. He writes and develops training materials and tutors many of the courses. He was a full-time lead inspector for thirteen years. Before becoming an inspector, he taught in infant, primary and middle schools and was a headteacher for seventeen years. His specialist areas include English, mathematics, art, the Foundation Stage, educational management, special educational needs, and English as an additional language. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutor with another appropriately experienced tutor.

Feedback:

  • “Pace and clarity. The group was mixed in terms of experience therefore well pitched for all. An excellent alternative to LEA courses. Financially very viable.”
  • “Delivery of the information was clearly and competently delivered with good illustration and questions were clearly answered. Excellent, worthwhile training.”
  • “Practical...reflecting...thought-provoking”.
  • “It was direct, relevant and appropriate. All points were useful and no time was wasted, however sufficient time was given to absorb.”
  • “Just to say a big thank you. I came to your Lesson Observation course last year and not only enjoyed it very much but also got a great deal of support, particularly on data around pupil progress. It was a fantastic help to me and we were able to quickly put into place what was needed to ensure that we had meaningful data prepared for our Ofsted, which finally came in November. A colleague from a different nursery school in our area also came on the same day and found it useful as she was expecting an inspection too. The result of both inspections was 'Outstanding' and I know that without that input we would have struggled to be as prepared to demonstrate pupil progress as in the event we were. Thanks again”.
  • “An excellent course that I would recommend that other colleagues should attend”.
  • “Having personally attended a course at Uttoxeter I know the quality of your courses. I would like it to be delivered to all my staff.”
 

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