Nicky Pear

Why we scrapped lesson observations

A change in longheld practices at Nicky Pear’s school saw monitored evaluations replaced with a more accurate, collaborative support system that shares and develops skills between teachers

Explorer with magnifying glass surrounded by butterflies - observations in class

Excitement ripples through the staff room. There are big smiles and attentive stares. Usually, the Monday afternoon staff meeting is a tough crowd. But not today. For once, it seems that I won’t need to worry about securing buy-in for the new initiative I have just announced: we’re getting rid of formal lesson observations. And the whole team already seems to be on board.

Why would we do such a thing? Surely, observations are an essential part of facilitating professional development and keeping track of learning and teaching? Not necessarily. Our senior leadership team (SLT) recently took ...

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