Observing Lessons Effectively In The Primary School

The course on 17 June was a great success.

During the course, 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.
The course helps participants 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.

Participants who attended the course on 17 June said that they enjoyed the course because of “The expert knowledge and enthusiasm of tutor” and the “supporting documents”. They particularly liked “having really up to date info about Ofsted thinking and having the benefit of the tutors own experiences”. Delegates also appreciated the fact that the tutor was “approachable and friendly”, “catered to our needs and requirements – adapting structure of session”. They liked the “Interactivity and information given” and the “clear guidance on teacher profile, observations and achievement”
If you would like to read more about this course please go to Classroom observation and learning walks in the primary school