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Observing Lessons in Special Schools Using the 2019 Ofsted Criteria

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

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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
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On this course you will learn about the 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 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

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