Can there be anymore sensitive area of a teachers work than that of observations? It has been the bane of teachers lives instilling fear and dread for the weeks prior.
Should it still be like this? No, observations should be an opportunity to improve and develop with a supportive/positive forum for dialogue.
Do we need to observe at all? Yes, we need to know what is going on in classes.
In his Speech to Association of School and College Leaders Conference 2015 Sean Harford rightly states Ofsted will question
“does the leadership know what is going on in their school or college and have a sound grasp of relative strengths and weaknesses? ” @harfordsean
So I brought up the topic of subject leaders conducting the next round of observations. Not grading but working together with teachers to get an idea of how their subject is taught. All our subject leaders are also teachers
- Judgement of the professional expertise of the teacher.
- Finding fault.
- Commenting on behaviour/classroom management.
Please see the slide outlines below. Let me know what you think