There have been many recent studies looking at evidence-based approaches to lesson observations and learning walks in order to make sure that these make a valuable contribution to the development of teaching and learning. Lesson observations are now seen as part of the Ofsted ‘deep dive’ and it is essential that as senior and middle leaders we have a clear idea of how our curriculum is actually being implemented in the classroom. However, lesson observations also have an important role to play within the school’s own development path, as a way of not only identifying where support may be needed but also as a fantastic way of sharing great practise.
This session will look at how to conduct lesson observations and learning walks that actually make a difference to the quality of learning and teaching, and how we can use what we find to share good practice; get a better understanding of the culture, consistency and cohesion of the school; and how teachers can support each other. We will also look at the practicalities, what we are looking for that actually makes a difference, and feedback that brings about change.