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Lesson Observation: using the September 2015 inspection framework to evaluate teaching, learning and assessment in the secondary school

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 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 Objectives

Participants are helped to:

  • develop skills of observation and evaluation;
  • know how to 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 Inspection Framework where it is relevant to evaluating provision;
  • formulate protocols for observations and develop a code of conduct;
  • feedback to teachers;
  • collate data from observations to identify strengths, weaknesses and aspects for improvement.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

What does effective learning look like?
  • Starting points
  • DVD: Year 10
  • Outstanding teaching
  • The characteristics of effective learning
  • Quality of teaching in the school
The impact of the teaching team
  • Are you ready for inspection?
  • Profiling the impact of teaching.
  • Profiling teaching using the inspection criteria
  • Tracking data
  • Lesson observation – school checklist
  • National expectations and prior attainment
  • Profiling progress

Session 2

Making judgements  
  • 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
  Verifying assessment data
  • The teacher’s use of formative assessment
  • DVD: Explaining connectives, Year 5
  • Forming the hypothesis
  • The purpose of the lesson
  • Checking accuracy through work sampling

Session 3

  • DVD: Heroes, Year 7
  • Evaluating the teaching
  Methods, monitoring and feedback  
  • DVD: mathematics, linear sequences, Year 7
  • Calculating expectations
  • Teacher expectations and hypotheses about progress over time
  • Short observation: mental and oral starter
  • Learning objectives and main teaching
  • Independent and group work

Session 4

Bringing it together  
  • DVD: Science, Year 10 and 11
  • The relevance of the introduction to the lesson
  • How effective is the main teaching?
  • How effective is the independent work?
  • The feedback
  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 17 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 an appropriately experienced tutor.


  • “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 was excellent, brilliantly tailored to our needs too...highly enjoyable, relevant, focussed and effective”.
  • “Delivery of the information was clearly and competently delivered with good illustration and questions were clearly answered. Excellent, worthwhile training.”
  • “It was direct, relevant and appropriate. All points were useful and no time was wasted, however sufficient time was given to absorb.”
  • “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.”
  • “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”. Headteacher Staffordshire.
  • “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”.

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