These are the questions which were asked in advance of the NRocks14 conference.
If the game is about progress over time why do we need lesson observations?
This is what Mike Cladingbowl has to say about the purpose of lesson observations:
‘It’s just one piece of a jigsaw of evidence about the work of the school that includes: the school’s own observations and self-evaluation, joint visits to classrooms with the headteacher or other staff, evidence about how teaching has improved, the quality of work seen in books, teachers’ marking, discussions with pupils and staff and, of course, test results and so on. In my view, inspectors must always spend time in classrooms when they inspect. It’s where the main business of the school happens.’