Good luck. I have just spent an hour mulling over their teaching criteria and am still puzzled as to what an outstanding lesson looks like as opposed to a good one! For example, what on earth does a pupil "thriving" actually look like within the context of one lesson? I hope you have supportive colleagues as it does make it easier. Do you have reason to be concerned?
Ŵe got told by our head this week that she had seen one of our staff teach a lesson and they had made"astounding" progress in 12 mins! I got the feeling she thought we could all do this! Now where did I put my magic wannd!
Our outstanding lessons were, in both cases, the sort of lessons that they normally taught, (Class R and Year 6). It seems that they no longer focus on the teaching, but on how the children are engaged - a positive step I reckon. Both classes have a massive range of ability and it was felt that all children were engaged in that lesson and had benefitted. As Senco and member of SLT I have to second that that is outstanding teaching