How do you carry out lesson observations?
Lesson observation tips for teachers
- Think about what the observer is looking for.
- Think about the lesson as part of a sequence.
- Books are important.
- Remember the Teachers’ Standards.
- Plan – and have a back up.
- Be very clear about the lesson objectives.
- Finally, get in the mindset.
What are Ofsted looking for in lessons?
OFSTED defines an outstanding lesson as one where the students show clear evidence of learning. The lesson should also have no significant areas for improvement and lots of strengths. The inspector will be looking at how the students are responding to the lesson and what they are doing.
What does Ofsted say about observations?
Ofsted will still want proof that you know your children well, that you have identified their starting points, interests, progress and next steps. You will need to talk about each child’s learning journey with confidence. And if you’re not doing observations, you won’t be able to provide this evidence!
What does the Eyfs say about observations?
The EYFS requires that assessment begins with observation of the children. It is important to remember that an observation alone will not be a piece of assessment in itself. The notes written need to be brief and precise and above all else, valuable to those who will use them to inform planning.
What is classroom observation tool deped?
The Classroom Observation Tool (COT) is designed to capture a snapshot of a teacher’s instruction during a single classroom observation visit. Coaches then use the data collected to guide their coaching efforts with teachers.
Do Ofsted observe all teachers?
∎ Ofsted does not expect schools to provide specific details of the pay grade of individual teachers who are observed during inspection. ∎ Ofsted does not expect to see a particular frequency or quantity of work in pupils’ books or folders.
How will lesson observation be used in New Ofsted inspections?
Ofsted have published an explanatory document related specifically to lesson observation and how it will be used in the new inspections – “an important inspection method within an inspector’s toolkit”. Ofsted recognise that classrooms are complex environments and to try and capture everything that goes on is neither possible nor desirable.
Do I need to use Ofsted inspection criteria to grade lessons?
Ofsted doesn’t expect you to use its inspection criteria to grade lessons. However, if you want to refer to it when carrying out lesson observations, including for EYFS lessons, use our template forms. If you want to refer to Ofsted criteria for ‘quality of education’ when carrying out lesson observations, use our template form to help you.
What is the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF)?
The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) comes into effect this month. Ofsted have published an explanatory document related specifically to lesson observation and how it will be used in the new inspections – “an important inspection method within an inspector’s toolkit”.
What does the lesson observation research report look at?
The lesson observation research report looks at a lesson observation instrument for inspections. This was tested in a range of schools and colleges during the autumn term 2018. The inter-rater reliability analysis data is also included.