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Making sense of the teacher feedback loop

Observation and evaluation of colleagues can be a tricky process, and a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to pay off in performance improvement. Mark Enser taps the research on how to make it work

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The ability to give feedback is central to the role of the teacher. We set tasks for pupils to complete and check those tasks against the standard we expect to see; we then give them feedback on how they did and how they could improve further. With all this practice in giving feedback under their belts, you might think it would follow that teachers – whether in middle or senior leadership positions – would be very good at providing it to the colleagues that that they manage, too.

It is not, however, quite as simple as this. There are a number of differences between giving feedback to a pupil ...

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