27 May '14

News Teachers, how would you like to be observed? open thread

As Ofsted faces yet more challenges over the validity of lesson observations, teacher Ross Morrison McGill asks the profession how they would like to developIf you've been swamped under your lesson plans, exams and marking for too long, you might have missed the current insurgency taking place around lesson observations.Back in March, the thinktank Policy exchange recommended Ofsted abandon its "unreliable and invalid" methods of observing classroom lessons during school inspections. More recently, Sam Freedman, a former policy adviser who is now head of research at Teach First, also argued that lesson observations should be scrapped. Even the updated Ofsted guidance from February 2014 repeated that inspectors must not give the impression that Ofsted favours a teaching style. Continue reading...

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