Stop Press: Observation Manager Version 3.0 Has
been Released. The software’s scope has been
widened enormously by allowing for user defined
types of Observations – for example Inductions,
Invigilation etc, in addition to teaching,
learning & assessment.
Find Out What Ofsted
Thinks About Lesson Observations
You would need to trawl through every recent Ofsted Inspection Report.
Well, good news! We’ve done it for you.
We have cut through all the obscure “coded” language
to bring you the most concise and informative summary of report extracts
on the subject of Lesson Observations there is (and it’s free). An easy to read
4 page PDF – fill in the box to the right ->->->->
“A mysterious story of intrigue and hidden messges. Since the dawn of time
providers and colleges have puzzled over its arcane rituals and obscure language.
Watch as we break down the code for you before your very eyes!”
A short video which asks some probing questions –
take a look and see how you score on this Q & A!
When evaluating if the Observation Manager lesson observation tool would benefit your company consider the following:
- Is your current teacher observation procedure as streamline and effective as it could be?
- Are observer’s judgments aligned to Ofsted lesson observation criteria?
- Is your procedure supporting staff to improve their approaches to teaching and learning?
- Can you readily identify good practice?
- Do your observation results inform your self assessment?
- Can you readily find out e.g how many lessons were graded 1 an 2 in the last 3 months and/or the last date a tutor was observed?
- Do you use e-observations that enable judgements to be recorded electronically and automatically collated?
- Are the results and action points recorded in such a way they readily provide evidence to external agents of the work you are doing to continually improve your organisation’s teaching and learning?
- Have you got an easy to manage Lesson Observation Feedback system?
If the answer to any of these questions is NO then Observation Manager is the answer – How to Buy
For an Overview of Observation Manager (including video) take a look at this link
• Easy to use, low cost, web based shared resource available 24/7 on any device with Internet Access- PC’S , Laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android devices etc.
• A software solution (hosted by us) that’s as good as tailor-made with judgement criteria customisable by you to meet your company’s specifications and reflect Ofsted requirements.
• You can rest assured that all Follow Ups are implemented, with Action Points logged to show what’s being done to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
• Reduces costs – customisable electronic observation proforma to record observation judgements – e-observations. No need to printout unless you want to. Validation can be by digital signature.
• Reduce staff time because there is no need for ‘double entry’ – reports and tutors’ records are automatically updated as criteria grades are entered on the observation proforma.
“Leaders and managers improve teaching and learning through rigorous performance management and appropriate professional development ”
[box] To make this judgement, inspectors will evaluate the extent to which:
*** strategies are effective in improving the standard of teaching, learning and assessment
*** leaders and managers review and develop constantly the performance of teachers and trainers through dialogue, coaching, mentoring and support and training
*** systematic and rigorous performance management is effective, including using appropriate procedures for tackling underperformance
*** leaders, governors and supervisory bodies (where appropriate) monitor the quality of the experience provided for learners and their outcomes
How can we improve our Teaching, Learning and Assessment?
‘The importance of consistently good or better teaching, learning and assessment has never been more significant for learners in further education.’
Ofsted Press Release 18th September 2014
Ofsted’s comment is a result of their concern for those learners who have not done well at school and for whom FE and Skills is their last chance before they risk dropping out of education and training altogether. We would all agree that learners require at the very least good teaching that is appropriate to their needs and that keeps them on track so that they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to sustain employment.
For answers to how this can be achieved there is this report on the Ofsted website (summarised below):
‘Teaching, learning and assessment in further education and skills – what works and why’
(A Report published by Ofsted in September 2014)
A summary of the report:
Based on the experience of 20 outstanding providers Ofsted highlights:
- Barriers to providing excellent teaching and training
- Weak features of teaching, learning and assessment
- Actions that have had the greatest influence in improving teaching, learning and assessment
- The most significant factors found in the provision of outstanding teaching and learning comprise
- The most significant characteristics of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment
- Recommendations for providers
As you would expect some common themes were identified as contributing to providers teaching, learning and assessment being outstanding.
- Managers ensure that the link between observing learning and evaluating performance is very strong.
- The results from observations are used as part of performance management and develop sharply focused action plans that lead to individualised and successful continuous professional staff development opportunities.
- Managers extend the scope of their observations beyond lessons and evaluate the quality of teachers’ practice by using a wide range of indicators of the impact of their work on learners’ progress and their development of skills and knowledge.
- Apprentices receive high quality on the job training and employers are involved in planning and contribute to learning.
- Good practice is effectively shared within and across teaching teams.
- Quality assurance of subcontracted provision is meticulous, and there are strong links between observations of learning, setting of targets for improvement and the provision of staff development.
- Teaching of English and mathematics is given a high profile across all programmes.
- There is a focus on effective assessment and its role in underpinning learning.
The article together with the updated Handbook for Inspection of Further Education and Skills, will certainly help you to review your current observation procedure taking into account:
- The observation criteria you base your observations on.
- The range of observations you currently carry out.
- What use is made of the information you record from observations.
- Evidence of staff development actions plans resulting from observations and the impact that implementing the action plans has had on improving teaching, learning and assessment.For the ‘tool’ to ‘do the job’ effectively and efficiently you will need to look no further than our Observation Manager software.This easy to use, cost effective streamline solution, will free up observer and management time. Observations are completed electronically and automatically update reports and observee’s records. Actions points are logged to show what is being done to improve performance. This web based resource facilitates instant communication between all relevant staff, management control and sharing of good practice.
To find out more click here: www.TeachingPlusLearning.co.uk
or to arrange a free on-site non obligation demo email Lesley@TeachingPlusLearning.co.uk