Course Cost:

Non Members: £195 (excluding VAT)

Members: £175.50 (excluding VAT)

Course Length: 1 Day

Venue address:
Heath House Training and Conference Centre, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7BY

Course Date

01 January 2020

Course Time

09:30 to 15:30

01 January 2020    


Classroom observation and learning walks in the primary school

Lesson observation; the inspection framework; monitoring quality and pupil engagement; pursuing lines of enquiry; diagnosing issues

The cost of this course includes a CD with course materials plus a DVD containing a couple of the short film clips used within the course to enable you to disseminate information in your own school.

This is a one-day course for senior and middle leaders, teachers and other educational professionals. It is practical and skill based. Participants are taught to use structured observation as part of school self-evaluation. The training includes applying inspection criteria to lessons observed, evaluating the quality of learning and of teaching and linking the two, evaluating the pupil outcomes, completing evidence forms, feeding back to teachers, and planning action to bring about improvement. Being able to observe lessons and other aspects of provision purposefully, efficiently and effectively is essential to good management. Lesson observation is integral to school self-evaluation and invaluable when diagnosing the causes of strengths and weakness in school performance. This course explores issues surrounding the use of observation as a management tool for gathering information and evaluating effectiveness.

Participants are helped to:

  • develop skills of observation and evaluation;
  • know how to make judgements and draw conclusions;
  • record observations clearly and unambiguously;
  • understand what constitutes a good evidence form;
  • apply the methodology of focused observations and learning walks;
  • become familiar with the Common Inspection Framework where it is relevant to evaluating provision;
  • formulate protocols for observation and develop a code of conduct;
  • feedback to teachers;
  • collate data from observations to identify strengths, weaknesses and aspects for improvement.

In-School Training Information

In-School Training

This course is available as in-school training. If you would like to find out more about in-school training please go to the in-school training section   CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT IN SCHOOL TRAINING
  or call us on 01889 567 014

Aimed at

This CPD training course is designed for senior and subject managers teachers and other educational professionals working within primary schools.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

Making judgements
  • Starting points
  • Outstanding teaching
  • The characteristics of effective learning
  • Quality of teaching in the school
  • Profiling teaching using the inspection criteria
  • National expectations
  • The typical child
  • Good progress
  • National expectations and prior attainment
  • Profiling progress
  • Using analysis to identify priorities for observation

Session 2

Making judgements
  • Observation – school checklist
  • The quality of provision: inspection guidance on making judgements about teaching and learning
  • The inspection evidence form
  • Characteristics of a good evidence form
Observation methodology
  • Methodology
Observation 1
  • The context
  • Forming the hypothesis
  • The purpose of the lesson

Session 3

Observation 2
  • Calculating expectations
  • Teacher expectations and hypotheses about progress over time
  • Short observation: mental and oral starter
  • Main teaching
  • Independent and group work
  • The plenary
  • Completing an evidence form

Session 4

Observing 3
  • The feedback
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date, we reserve the right to update, alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and course feedback

The tutor for this CPD course is Bruce McAlpine who has managed the Company for 20 years. He writes and develops training materials and tutors many of the courses. He was a full-time lead inspector for thirteen years. Before becoming an inspector, he taught in infant, primary and middle schools and was a headteacher for seventeen years. His specialist areas include English, mathematics, art, the Foundation Stage, educational management, special educational needs, and English as an additional language. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutor with another appropriately experienced tutor.

“Pace and clarity. The group was mixed in terms of experience therefore well pitched for all. An excellent alternative to LEA courses. Financially very viable.”
“Delivery of the information was clearly and competently delivered with good illustration an questions were clearly answered. Excellent, worthwhile training.”
“It was direct, relevant and appropriate. All points were useful and no time was wasted, however sufficient time was given to absorb.”
“Just to say a big thank you. I came to your Lesson Observation course last year and not only enjoyed it very much but also got a great deal of support, particularly on data around pupil progress. It was a fantastic help to me and we were able to quickly put into place what was needed to ensure that we had meaningful data prepared for our Ofsted, which finally came in November. A colleague from a different nursery school in our area also came on the same day and found it useful as she was expecting an inspection too. The result of both inspections was 'Outstanding' and I know that without that input we would have struggled to be as prepared to demonstrate pupil progress as in the event we were. Thanks again”.
“An excellent course that I would recommend that other colleagues should attend”.
“Having personally attended a course at Uttoxeter I know the quality of your courses. I would like it to be delivered to all my staff.”
Thank you very much. A motivational speaker. Highly engaging. Interesting to hear his personal leadership experiences.
Thank you! Lots of examples Very focused and to the point.
An engaging tutor, personable and interesting
I liked the way we had to analyse the characteristics of learning and what effective learning looks like and then identify this in the video clips.
Thank you – very useful and enjoyable. Good resources and time to answer and ask questions etc.
A clear charismatic tutor.
It has given me more insight into what I need to do to improve. Thank you for the enthusiastic, and very engaging delivery. I really enjoyed it.
Very useful to take back to school and help me to support subject leaders.
To focus my thoughts regarding observation, how to grade. Accommodation outstanding - food outstanding.
Bruce, excellent knowledge, encouraged debate.
Knowledge and understanding of the tutor, addressing the needs of the delegates.
It was good to be provided with concrete ideas and systems to support lesson observations.
Thank you very much - very helpful - will certainly apply in our setting ASAP. The food was fab!
Very relevant – expert knowledge
Good opportunities for discussion, shows how opinions could be formed and this could lead to inadequate observations
Practical activities and discussion.... debate!
Discussion of process of working towards arriving at a judgement.
Well presented, excellent knowledge and catered well to needs
Tutor knowledge and engagement and tailoring the course to our needs.
Useful ideas and support
Relevance to our school – building our new team reviewing systems ensuring robust quality
Pace/delivery and content of training
Food, staff, materials
Q & A with Bruce
Good overall course with aspects being outstanding
Very relevant. Useful to focus me for upcoming Ofsted
Good examples. Plenty of discussion time
Expertise and experience of the tutor
Excellent delivery and materials. Bruce was very knowledgeable and supportive.

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