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This course can be tailored to your individual requirements

Classroom Observation and Learning Walks in the EYFS and KS1

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 aspects of provision purposefully, efficiently and effectively is essential to good management. 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 Objectives

Participants are helped to:

  • develop skills of observation and of evaluation;
  • make judgements and draw conclusions;
  • record observations clearly and unambiguously;
  • understand what constitutes a good evidence form;
  • apply the methodology of focused observations and learning walks;
  • become familiar with the new September 2015 Common Inspection Framework where it is relevant to evaluating provision;
  • feedback to teachers and other stakeholders relevant findings;
  • identify strengths, weaknesses and aspects for improvement.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

Starting points
  • Outstanding teaching
  • The characteristics of effective learning
  • The inspection guidance
  • Profiling teaching using the inspection criteria
  • The national expectations
  • Assessment terminology
  • Embedded learning
  • Basic assessment skills
  • School checklist

Session 2

Observation methodology
  • Methodology
Creating the hypothesis
  • Hypothesis about standards and progress
  • Observation 1
  • Teacher expectations and hypotheses about progress over time
Using descriptors
  • Observation 2
  • Main teaching, a short observation
  • Completing an evidence form

Session 3

Observing guided groups
  • Observation 3
  • Observing a single group
  • Completing an observation form
Guided and self-initiated group activity
  • Observation 4
  • Observing more than one group
  • Outdoors
  • Spinner and dice
  • Writing
  • Completing a running EF

Session 4

Applying the skills
  • Observation 5
  • Completing an evidence form
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date we reserve the right to update alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and feedback


Bruce McAlpine has managed the Company for 18 years. He writes and develops training materials and tutors many of the courses. He is an experienced lead inspector and was an additional inspector. 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. He has an excellent track record as a trainer. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutor with another appropriately experienced tutor.
“Met my needs- it did what it said on the tin! My SLT have also been on the training- it will now provide the framework for our T+L policy and observation protocols- Many thanks”.
“An excellent course. Very thorough, giving an invaluable insight into the observation process. This will enable our whole management team to work on school improvement issues… particularly useful were the information and advice given to enable us to deliver feedback appropriately, and the language to be used when giving this feedback.”
“Challenging- has led to re-consideration of how we utilise/organise/incorporate lesson obs…up to expectations – better value than county led provision”..
“I found the day very helpful in moving my thinking forward about this issue”.
“I was quite apprehensive about whether or not I’d get what I needed – Very pleased to say my needs have been met! Thank you!”
“One of the strongest features of the training was the reference materials which enabled me to feel as if I can now give a much more accurate lesson observation…very impressed with the training…it is the first time I have used this provider”.
“We received effective teaching from the trainer who had an excellent knowledge base”.
“Clear, precise, informative information regarding what is necessary for observations…great venue”.
“Very clear succinct information; very easy to follow and apply”.
A fantastic Experience.
Enjoyed the day and thinking about observations.Watching range of DVD of different grades.
Very good 3 day course. Feel I have learned alot
the mix of theory and practical- subject knowledge of the leader
Being able to observe on a DVD and being able to clearly talk through judgement & reasoning.
Very interesting & lots of detail, I felt that I had learned lots in 3 days. Food was v. good
Very good examples of observations
Tutor was very open to questions + answers. Flexible + adaptable. V. helpful. Wonderful venue. Fantastic Food.
Strongest Features of the Training
    Being able to stop and discuss particular aspects in depth. Great discussions and consolidation.
    Lovely small group & a nice quiet environment.
    Talking things through with others. Watching DVDs to see how to assess.
    Practical experience at assessing children. Great venue.
    Clear and logical methodology
    How relating the characteristics of learning and level descriptors are used to make a judgement
    Practical element - watching DVD and making judgement

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