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On why we have stopped grading lesson observations (part 2)

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On why we’ve stopped grading lesson observations (part 2)…

Following my blog earlier in the month and the conversations on this topic that have been taking place on Twitter, I thought it would be helpful to set out why we have taken the decision to stop grading lesson observations. I will say again that our decision was taken because we feel that this is right for our school at this point in time. It is part of a wider plan to make our school a truly ‘great’ school.

We considered the purpose of lesson observation. This is, in my opinion, the most important question for any school leader: Why are we observing lessons? If you believe the purpose of lesson observations is to take a ‘snapshot’ of a teacher’s performance in 30 minutes, compare this against OFSTED criteria and feedback the grade to the teacher then you should carry on…

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