Leadership: how to provide useful teacher feedback

Providing useful feedback to teachers in a department outside of your subject specialism can be challenging, says senior leader Mark Roberts, but with a little humility and the right focus, leaders can overcome issues of subject knowledge

How to give good feedback

Teachers are busy planning lessons as I watch on, confused. Although I manage this team, I am struggling to understand the content of the lessons they are planning. Why? Because this is not the English department (my area of subject expertise), but the maths department – a department for which I have “strategic responsibility” as a senior leader.

One of the biggest challenges of senior leadership is overseeing departments outside of your specialism. An integral part of the role is providing teachers with feedback on what we see them do in their classrooms – a task that becomes significantly ...

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