When evaluating the quality of teaching in the school, inspectors will consider the extent to which:
- The teaching in all key stages and subjects promotes pupils’ learning and progress across the curriculum.
- Teachers have consistently high expectations of pupils.
- Teachers improve the quality of learning by systematically and effectively checking pupils’ understanding in lessons, and making appropriate interventions.
- Reading, writing, communication and mathematics are well taught
- Teachers and other adults create a positive climate for learning in which pupils are interested and engaged.
- Marking and constructive feedback from teachers contributes to pupils’ learning.
- Teaching strategies, including setting appropriate homework, together with support and intervention, match individual needs.
CiE can support the school in its review and self-evaluation of the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. Associates will work alongside relevant school staff to coach them in the application of classroom observational skills to objectively assess the quality of teaching and learning. Evaluation of teaching and learning will be related to OFSTED inspection criteria and the Associate will guide staff in how to use review outcomes to improve teaching.
In addition we can help the school review the use of teaching assistant support across Key Stages. Time will be spent evaluating the impact of the work of teaching assistants on pupil progress and provide feedback on the good practice observed in order to validate the school’s own judgments and advice on how this could be improved. This could then be followed up with bespoke training and/or a support package that meets your school needs.
The development of Assessment for Learning to ensure ‘constructive feedback from teachers contributes to pupils’ learning’ is also a specialist area in which we offer support.