Monitoring teaching and learning: how to select and use evidence

Find out how to triangulate evidence from a range of sources to get a reliable overall picture of the quality of teaching and learning in your school.

Last reviewed on 28 October 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 10919
  1. Where to look for evidence
  2. Consider how reliable each source of evidence is  
  3. How to draw reliable conclusions

Where to look for evidence

Take a range of evidence (at least 3 different types) from the following sources: 

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, they only give you a snapshot of teaching. Triangulate them with these other sources to build up a picture of the quality of teaching over time. 

Learning walks

Use our templates to help you plan and carry these out.

Pupil voice Ask pupils about whether the lessons you and your team have observed are typical. This’ll help you work out whether they were “show lessons” or a more accurate picture of the quality of that teacher's