Tag Archives: lesson observation

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

Don’t trust your gut: a little bit more on the problem with grading lessons

This evening, there will be debate on the role lesson observation in England’s schools with such educational luminaries as Professor Robert Coe, David Weston (the man behind the Teacher Development Trust), Lead

Get ahead of the curve: stop grading lessons

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Over the past few years I’ve been