Reviewing the quality of your teaching and learning

Use a range of sources to get a reliable overall picture of the quality of teaching and learning in your school. Download our tracking and summary sheets to record and communicate the outcomes of your monitoring activities, and understand how to act on this evidence to improve your offer.

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  1. You don't need to collect evidence on teaching and learning
  2. Use these sources to monitor the quality of teaching and learning 
  3. Download our sheets to record and communicate your findings
  4. Use your findings to improve your teaching and learning offer
  5. Use the evidence as part of your teacher appraisal process
  6. Understand how to meet the criteria for Ofsted’s ‘quality of education’ judgement

You don't need to collect evidence on teaching and learning

Ofsted no longer requires schools to provide evidence of the monitoring of teaching and learning. 

Instead, it will use evidence from its first-hand observations and conversations to evaluate the overall quality of education. 

This is explained in paragraphs 26 and 129 of the school inspection handbook.

You'll likely want to gather evidence on teaching and learning for your own purposes, including:

  • School improvement
  • Staff's professional development and performance management
  • Improving your 'quality of education'

See the sections later in this article for more ideas on how to do this.

Lesson observations Use our how-to guide and templates to make sure these are set up for success.  While lesson observations are among the most reliable sources of evidence for the quality of teaching and learning, they only give you a snapshot.  Triangulate them with these other sources to build