Let lecturers loose, Ofsted

12th November 2010 at 00:00

It was refreshing and honest that an Ofsted inspector could take the view that there are occasions when the lesson plan can be abandoned ("It's OK to let go of lesson plans", FE Letters, October 15). When will inspectors and college managers acknowledge that there are some very skilled teachers out there who find filling in formulaic lesson plans a chore and a non-productive use of limited preparation time? After 30 years as a college lecturer I am truly fed up with them.

When I was starting out I found lesson plans useful, like a road map. However, when you have been somewhere a number of times you can usually dispense with the map and even explore the surrounding neighbourhood. A scheme of work showing topics, resources, approximate timings and assessments should be enough detail. Preparation time can then be devoted to subject research, production of resources, and thinking up novel ways of keeping learners' interest in the subject.

Jim McKeon, FE lecturer, Merseyside.

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