Teacher: interview lesson observation form

Find out how to organise the task with minimal disruption to pupils' learning, and use our template observation form to assess candidates' skills in the classroom.

Last reviewed on 25 February 2022
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  1. Prepare the task 
  2. Download and adapt our template lesson observation form 

Prepare the task 

You'll need to decide whether to: 

  • Set up a slot on the interview day to allow them to teach part or all of a lesson, or
  • Visit the teacher's current school to observe a lesson (if their current school agrees to this)


  • How many candidates you have - if you've got a larger pool, bringing candidates to teach at your own school may be the more efficient option, so you don't have to visit multiple schools
  • Whether the class would be significantly impacted by the disruption to their normal teaching routine. For example, if pupils:
    • Have fallen significantly behind due to lost learning during the coronavirus pandemic
    • Are close to sitting their exams 
    • Have special educational needs, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), where they may find the change to teaching staff difficult to manage 

Tailor this form to the skills you're looking to test for this