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Observing Lessons in Special Schools Using the New Ofsted Criteria

The complete A-Z of the new Ofsted criteria - ensures no nasty surprises

Open Course

Suitable for: The senior leadership team, subject leaders and anyone else who has to observe and evaluate classroom teaching in special schools.

Phases suitable for:

  • Special

Course Reference: 7793WW
Price: £299.00 + VAT or hold in-house
Timings: 10am - 4pm Book Now

On this course you will learn about the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework and the key judgements which inspectors will be making. We will work through the Grade Descriptors for each judgement and examine the key differences between the grades. Classroom observations are the most important evidence of the quality of learning and progress across the school and, using video lesson examples, we will look at and practise observation techniques, and including giving constructive feedback to colleagues and identifying CPD needs for future development.

  • Develop clear understanding of the Sept 2015 OFSTED Common Inspection Framework and its implications for special schools
  • Discuss your school's present strengths and areas for development in the light of OFSTED's new Evaluation Schedule
  • Practice the techniques required to observe, record and judge lessons
  • Learn how to give effective and constructive feedback to colleagues and to identify training needs arising


Looking at the key changes in the 2015 OFSTED Common Inspection Framework
  • The Key changes
  • The implementation of the new curriculum and assessment without levels
  • Judgements of the effectiveness of EYFS and 16-19 provision, SMSC and Safeguarding
Working with the Grade Descriptors
  • The quality of Leadership and Management and quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and Outcomes for Pupils
  • Overall Effectiveness of the school
What evidence will Ofsted look for?
  • What evidence do you need?
  • The different types of observation
  • Recording lesson observations
Lesson Observations- practice makes perfect!
  • Making judgements and what to look for
  • Observing and discussing video lesson extracts
  • Giving feedback and identifying outcomes of observations
Very useful to increase confidence and knowledge of what to look out for in lessons and how to record and feedback. It will improve my practice and the way I myself prepare for lesson observations. Dóri Seregély, Jack Tizard School
I really enjoyed the course, it was very informative with practical examples of lesson observations. Tania Dorman, Hornbeam Academy
Very friendly atmosphere and there was lots of opportunities to ask questions and also put into practice lesson observations skills and feedback. Shaun Birch, Oakfield
Would definitely recommend - the course leader was very knowledgeable and video materials excellent. Maarit Eben, The Avenue School
Very well presented and up to date. Great to have opportunities to discuss individual questions. Symon Cooke, The Avenue School
Excellent, made me look at things from a different way. Michelle Flanz, Meadowgate School
Very informative and relevant - excellent delivery. Rachel Barkess, The Abbey School
Excellent info regarding Ofsted in a clear manner, confidence building. Emma Richards, St Rose's Special School
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