Effective classroom observation

Provider: Cambridge Education
£825.00 + VAT Non-residential course
£955.00 + VAT Residential course, not London
£995.00 + VAT Residential course, London

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Description This is one of Cambridge Education’s most successful programmes. The course will contribute to consistent evaluation of teaching and learning standards across your school. It will support the development of a strong evidence base to support self-evaluation and provide opportunities to consider ways of enhancing pedagogy (managing performance). Developed by experienced inspectors, this five-unit programme includes three tutor-led days combined with distance learning and an assessed lesson observation.
Duration Five day programme consisting of three tutor lead days, one or two days of distance learning.

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Management, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Business Manager, Head of Department / Faculty, Change Management, Coaching and Mentoring, CPD Leadership, Performance Management, Business Management, Organisational Improvement, Education system, Assessment, Classroom Management, Out of school, In school, After-school meetings, Governor, School closure day, Ofsted, Governance, Monitoring Impact
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Who should attend?

Experienced and new leaders, including headteachers, principals, deputy and assistant headteachers, vice and assistant principals, heads of department, subject leaders and coordinators, and all those responsible for carrying out lesson observations.

Why attend?

  • Understand how to collect and record evidence to make secure judgements under the current Ofsted framework.
  • Learn methods for rigorous evaluation of pupils’ progress through work scrutiny, discussion with pupils and consideration of performance data.

  • Discover how to ensure that feedback to teachers is developmental, constructive and productive.

  • Find out what Ofsted inspectors look for during inspections.

  • Glean best practice from peers from a range of schools and backgrounds.

  • All participants receive a course handbook and a certificate of course accreditation from Cambridge Education, following successful assessment.

Evidence underpinning this approach

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the 3 days course I have just been on. It and you were very inspiring and rather than dreading Ofsted and I am looking forward to it. I have been on many courses in 6 years of teaching and this one was the best, by far so thank you. I look forward to implementing the things I learnt from you." (Ian Nicholls, Gallions Primary School)

"It's important to give a context into the delivery of classroom teaching and learning by understanding from Ofsted's point of view."(Olu Sodeinde, Central Foundation Girl's School)

“From my own perspective I can honestly say how impressed I have been with Cambridge Education and particularly the consultant. From the very first meeting, it has been a professional, responsive and painless experience!!

As a commissioner of services, it has been so refreshing to work with an organisation that doesn’t need me to chase them for responses or request additional information - everything was in place or provide by your admin. - thank you!” (Liz Pickford, Mid Tendring Education Trust)

"The introduction of performance related pay prompted our cluster of schools to source some lesson observation training for our senior leaders. We wanted to ensure all staff were clear that their colleagues observing lessons and evaluating teaching and learning, were accredited and the messages would be consistent.

“It has a very good balance of training days and hands on learning. Both are very powerful tools to improve judgements. This is my second time on the course, the first time was seven years ago. Both times have proved very good and enabled me to be a more evaluative leader. The trainer led with a good combination of focus, pace and humour.” (Gareth Linwood, Moss Bury Primary School and Nursery)

“The guidance and materials were up to date - really useful to know the latest requirements. Three days were a good number to give a chance to become familiar with materials and the chance for discussion.” (Judith Heale, Wembdon St George's Church of England Primary School)

“I have been able to use what I have learned at school, practise my skills and coach others. The consultant is a great trainer, very approachable and gives practical tips. This course has already moved my whole staff on. It’s worth being out of school for.” (Lynne Saint, Blyton Cum Laughton Church of England School)

“The best training I have had which has had a profound impact on my leadership. I would recommend it because of the high quality potential impact on school improvement.” (Frances Topa, St Gregory's RC Middle School)

“The one course that has/will change practice in school more than any other that I have attended. A really useful, down-to-earth, common sense approach. It was invaluable”. (Joy Luxford, St John Rigby RC Lower School)

“Having Ofsted in the middle of the course I found it absolutely invaluable. Not only did it increase my confidence, I felt quite able to find the evidence to support my judgement. The process of visiting other schools and then reflecting on our experience was really valuable.” (Kathryn Aldous, Painters Ash Primary School)

"We were really pleased with our Ofsted report as you can imagine and wanted to thank you and your colleagues for all of your input.

The whole staff training events last year on lesson observation certainly played an important part in securing the outstanding grade for T&L. I also think the intensive 3 day workshops with the senior team helped to standardise our judgements and to make sure that we were all clear about what constitutes high quality T&L.

Over the last 3 years we have used a number of different consultants to lead on our subject reviews but the ones led by CE have really been the most reliable, perceptive and useful and we will certainly be wanting to work with you on more over the next few years as we begin our rolling programme again." (Wendy Tomes, Principal, Sidney Stringer Academy)

Sidney Stringer Academy was judged to be OUTSTANDING on all accounts by Ofsted in 2013. The Academy is in the TOP 2% of all schools in the country for student progress.

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What will it cover?


  • Evaluating and recording observations of teaching and learning in lessons.
  • Grading specific elements of the teaching and learning using the Ofsted grade descriptors for achievement; the quality of teaching and behaviour and safety.

  • Recognising good and outstanding teaching and learning.

  • Consideration of provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

  • Talking to pupils about their learning.

  • Analysing pupils’ work - data analysis and using performance data.

  • Structured opportunities to work with other schools and school leaders.

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