Last reviewed on 15 October 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Get to grips with how to carry out successful lesson observations. Use our lesson observation templates, 2 of which are based on Ofsted inspection criteria, our template feedback form for staff, and a spreadsheet to keep track of observations throughout the school year.

Set your own rules 

There are no rules on:

  • The number of lesson observations you can carry out in a year
  • How long observations should last
  • Who can carry out observations
  • How much notice you need to give before an observation
  • Whether ‘drop ins’ or learning walks should count as lesson observations

Create a policy and keep in mind union protocols

Set out your school’s approach to lesson observations in a policy – it could be its own observation policy, or part of your appraisal policy.

Unions have their own protocols, so bear those in mind.

 You can find examples of these in:

You’re also not required to grade individual lessons using the Ofsted