Tag Archives: lesson observation

Can we improve school interviews? Part 3: The interview lesson

In Part 1 of this series I reviewed some of the evidence on what makes for effective interviews, and in Part 2 I looked specifically at creating a less biased, more structured

Can we improve school interviews? Part 1: A brief review of the research

Recruitment for most employers is straightforward: you advertise, read through applications, invite the people you like in for an interview, think about it for a bit and then enter into negotiations with

You can’t teach an old teacher new tricks…so sack them.

I rarely reblog posts on my site, but in this case I wanted to make an exception for two (make that three) reasons: 1. This is @cazzbooth’s inaugural post I’d like to do

5 questions to guard against availability bias and made-up data

The cost of bad data is the illusion of knowledge – Stephen Hawking What’s more likely to kill you? A shark or a hot water tap? We’ve all heard stories of killer

Ofsted: The end of the (lesson grading) affair

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. Ralph Waldo Emerson Back in 2011 I started to decide that grading lessons was wrong. I wasn’t exactly sure how

Should Ofsted judge ‘quality of teaching’?

We all know, that as well as giving an overall grade, Ofsted give schools an individual judgement against 4 criteria: attainment, behaviour & safety, leadership & management, and quality of teaching. Theoretically it would possible

Ofsted inspectors continue to do whatever they like

A few days a go after reading and retweeting this blog post from @cazzypot on the ongoing vagaries and inconsistencies of Ofsted, A head of MFL at a school in Hounslow got in touch to let

Ofsted’s Evaluation Form: the next skirmish!

The ‘do they/don’t they’ buggers’ muddle of whether or not Ofsted inspectors are supposed to grade lessons hasn’t really been put to rest. Schools’ National Director, Mike Cladingbowl’s attempts at clarification have

Are we any clearer? Ofsted explain what they do and don’t do

The story so far… On Tuesday I, and four other education bloggers met with Ofsted’s National Director of Schools Mike Cladingbowl to discuss, among other things, now and why lessons are graded

What I learned from my visit to Ofsted

Before reporting on my impressions of the conversation Tom “behaviour guru” Bennett, Ross “the most followed teacher in the UK” McGill, Sheena “Clerk to Governor” Lewington, Tom “head guru” Sherrington and I

Still grading lessons? A triumph of experience over hope

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. Francis Bacon To paraphrase Rob Coe’s seminal research, yesterday’s National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN) conference at KEGS in Chelmsford was a triumph

How can we make classroom observation more effective?

If the belief that it’s possible for untrained observers to pitch up in lessons and grade their effectiveness is comparable to a belief in witchcraft, (and Professor Robert Coe’s research confirms that