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Lesson Observation Anticipation

4 Jun

I’m observing an Art lesson today and this superb lesson plan has got me intrigued…

Clay lesson 3


Proving Pupil Progress

11 Mar

We all know that Ofsted are eager to see pupil progress in lessons and over time. Claire Gadsby delivered INSET at a secondary school and the key messages are outlined in this blog post – well worth a look to confirm that we are on the right track and maybe give us a few extra idea?

Proving Pupil Progress

Top Tips for a Showing Progression

28 Jan

A new blog post from a teacher who has received six outstanding observations, including under the new Ofsted framework. These are her top tips – and they mirror the aspects of best practice we are currently promoting in lessons:

1. A skills based lesson objective – makes it easier to show they have moved on. You could have levelled lesson objectives that they choose from at the start. All from the same skill but climbing up the grades. Discuss this process with the kids.
2. A starter that tests the lesson objective skill. In order to show where they are at the start of the lesson. This makes it much easier to show progress to the you, students and the observer.
3. Mini plenaries intermittently, highlighted to kids and reminding them how well they are doing, refocusing them on the objective and planning for further progress. These should be clearly pointed put on lesson plan. Mini plenaries do not need to be a massive break in the lesson a simple Q and A session or mini whiteboards or thumbs up, middle or down – something like that. Bringing it back to the lesson objective skill in some way.
4. A clear plenary thank allows the teacher to clearly see who has moved on and who needs more help. This should form the basis of planning for the next lesson.

You can read more of her posts at Ms Findlater

Assessment for Learning

27 Jan

An excellent website outlining the key aspects of assessment for learning.

Assessment for Learning

Monitoring Progress?

28 Sep

The History Department have introduced a new method of sharing levels with students and utilising them in each and every lesson. The worksheet below has been placed in the front of every exercise book and each activity delivered in the lesson links to the progressive levels. This allows students to understand which level they are working at and how they can progress to the next level.

History tracking progress

The next Spotlight focus, following the current focus on STARTERS, will look at learning objectives and levelled learning outcomes. This is an excellent example of this work in action and I look forward to having the opportunity to learn more about how the department delivers this in lessons during those spotlight observations.