Leadership lessons of Observations and Feedback

Today I attended a session on observations. We began the session by deciding key elements of an outstanding lesson. These are the things we came up with that needed to be good:
-significant gains in learning
-all students engaged
-personalised learning
-subject knowledge
-good questions
-use of TAs

This is what we came up with for great assessment:
-diagnostic: formative/evaluative
-success criteria
-purposeful and relevant to pupils and staff
-time to reflect on answers
-learner response

We felt that graded observations weren’t as helpful as observations that help you develop and move on eg. Coaching, paired observations, reviewing feedback of a lesson.


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