Lesson Observation and Coaching

Time for teachers to discuss ideas, apply them in a classroom setting, and reflect on the outcomes and then set development targets is the most effective way of improving teaching performance.

We are unashamed fans of Peter Cole’s thought-provoking paper entitled ‘Professional Development – A great way to avoid change.’  One of the key points in the paper is that ‘the most effective means for promoting professional learning within the school – classroom observation, feedback and lesson study’ is often neglected.

In some schools, this is because there isn’t the internal coaching capacity to support these individual learning journeys.  Journeys that develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits of teachers.  Our lesson observation and coaching programme incorporates three key elements:-

  • The principles of coaching and feedback – The do’s and don’ts
  • Why is coaching required? Analysis of the boulders that prevent the improvement of teacher performance and how coaching can overcome them
  • Where are we at? Lesson study – How to use video analysis as a tool for deeper thinking about planning and teaching sequences of lessons?  Next steps – strategies to diagnose quick wins and formulate action planning.
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for the two day coaching programme. The staff have given really positive feedback.”

Assistant Head/Director of Teaching School

To talk about how we can help you to develop internal coaching capacity in your school, please contact us.