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How giving up lesson observations cut SLT workload by more than half: case study
Senior leaders at Lavender Primary School saved themselves 8.5 hours a term when they stopped formal lesson observations 2 years ago. This also improved teacher wellbeing, boosted retention, and kept teaching standards high. Find out how they did it, and how you can too.
Learning walk: how to spot effective questioning
Use our learning walk template to help you identify a key feature of high-quality teaching – effective questioning.
Learning walks: how-to guide
Plan and carry out a successful learning walk with our downloadable checklist, and use our suggested questions to interrogate the evidence and come up with future actions.
Learning walks: templates
Use our downloadable template to carry out a learning walk that covers key areas of provision and takes into account Ofsted inspection criteria. There are also more specific templates for learning walks that focus on the EYFS, SEN provision, behaviour and the school environment.
Lesson observation form based on the Ofsted framework
Ofsted doesn't expect you to use its criteria to grade lessons. However, if you want to refer to Ofsted inspection criteria when carrying out lesson observations, including for EYFS lessons, use our template forms.
Lesson observations: how-to and templates
Follow our step-by-step guide to carry out successful lesson observations. Use our resources to help you – there are lesson observation templates, 2 of which are based on Ofsted inspection criteria, and a template feedback form.
Observing EYFS teaching: what to look for
Understand what you should look for when observing teaching in the EYFS with guidance on what effective teaching looks like, and examples of prompts to help you when carrying out lesson observations.
Proforma for observing teaching assistants
Use our downloadable proforma for observing teaching assistants (TAs) to help you maximise their impact in your school. The proforma draws on the professional standards for TAs.
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