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Teachers! If you are observed and it doesn't go too well...

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ClairityVerity Fri 04-Apr-14 22:52:02 long are you given to put corrective measures in place before your next observation?

manyhands Sat 05-Apr-14 09:23:15

It varies on the school, try to get targets, SMART targets and practice doing whatever they ask you to do in your lessons before the next observation. Try to think, what would i do differently in that lesson if it doesn't go to plan and join a union! Have you got a school observation/ capability policy? That will tell you more.

PurpleAlert Sun 06-Apr-14 08:17:25

Depends how good your data is. OFsted have very recently been given new guidance as to how teachers and schools are judged.

Teachers performance is now all about the learning as opposed to the teaching. You can do the most whizzy lesson imaginable but if the data doesn't stack up then you are in trouble. A dull uninspiring teacher who gets good results now fares much better.

Inspectors are not allowed to make comment about a teaching style or lesson structure any more- if the kids learn well then that is what matters.

notnowImreading Sun 06-Apr-14 08:28:57

In my school, you can ask to be observed again within a couple of days - they're very good about allowing you to prove what you can do if you've bollocksed it up through nerves or whatever. If your school doesn't routinely offer this, perhaps it's something you can ask for.

For example, we had mock Ofsted with an external assessor recently and I worked myself into such a tizzy that I just couldn't stop talking and got a 3 for the lesson. The. The head turned the assessor straight round into the next lesson and said 'she'll have got over it now, go and see what she's really like' and it came out as a 1. I'm happy to have averaged out as a 2 - that seems like real life. I've just got to stop making a twat of myself in the first 15 minutes of inspection now. My head has set up a rolling programme of short obs for me by all the people in the school he knows I like and trust least! This is to help me, apparently. It might even work - I definitely do have a big problem with stage fright but am very relaxed in front of most of the people who normally observe me because I've known them such a long time.

My school is very warm-fluffy though. I realise it might not be the same in other places. Perhaps it is something you could ask about.

rollonthesummer Sun 06-Apr-14 09:57:24

Visited again within 3 weeks of an observation that's less than good.

TenThousandSpoons Sun 06-Apr-14 10:34:09

2 weeks.

ClairityVerity Tue 15-Apr-14 10:42:32

Thanks folks. I work in a private school and a colleague was upset because he feels he's being bullied - he was given very little guidance on where he was going wrong and a week to turn himself around. I shan't go into details, but ohh the stories I could tell...

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