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Why effective lesson observers don’t have to be subject geniuses

Any colleague who sits in your class to assess the quality of teaching does not have to be a specialist in your subject, but they must be able to recognise what it is that makes a great educator, writes John Stanier

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My Year 8 class were being treated to a near-perfect history lesson, about the reasons for poor housing conditions in 19th-century industrial towns, when the interruption occurred.

I had kicked off with a tragic piece of storytelling about the death of a girl in Blue Bell Fold, Leeds, from cholera. That had led into an analysis of primary-source photographs of living conditions and then an assessment of more complex written sources. I was about to ask the pupils to select evidence to identify who was culpable for the innocent girl’s death – before debating the various suspects’ guilt – when a ...

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