Close monitoring should be every teacher’s friend, not an enemy

The thought of being monitored strikes fear into the heart of a many a teacher – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Close observation shouldn’t be seen as a negative Ofsted box-ticking exercise; it should be viewed as a positive opportunity for collaborative professional development, writes Dan Corns

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It is 2.15 on a Thursday afternoon and Year 8 are being, well, Year 8. At lunchtime, it was unusually windy and, just as certainly as night follows day, the wind has sent the students into another dimension of hyperactivity.

Just when you feel like you have wrestled control back from the windswept horde, the door opens and in walks the deputy head with the most hated piece of equipment known to teacher-kind: the clipboard. It is Learning Walk time.

Every classroom practitioner has probably faced a similar scenario at some point during their teaching career. The ominous opening of the door and ...

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