Reception teacher, Rachel Atkins, receives advice from top inspector Clare Gillies and the Teachers TV online community as she tries to boost her lessons, in From Good to Outstanding.

Tyssen Community School rates Rachel as 'good' but Clare’s assessment of one of her classes highlights some areas for improvement.

Rachel gets one-to-one CPD from early years consultant, Hilary Bell, to work on pedagogy and tips from presentation and communications expert, Mo Shapiro.

Three weeks later, Clare returns to observe a second session. Will Rachel be ‘outstanding’?


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    user avatarsarbon2 years agoreport

    Thank you for sharing this video. I am about to start a new job in nursery at a private school and have been teaching mainly ks1 and 2 the last few years on supply.
    It's one thing receiving good advice but it can be tricky to put into practice sometimes, especially when there are so many things to think about at any one time - your questioning style, whether all chn are on task, when there is a behaviour issue/squabble to sort out, and assessing what the chn are doing relating to the objectives.
    Well done and good luck for the future!

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    user avatarcaymankg2 years agoreport

    Valuable, thank you.

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    user avatarGirl Guide4 years agoreport

    Thank you for being prepared to do this. You are still in the very early stage of your teaching career, and the fact that you are young, active and willing to take ideas on board - you will go far. I have been teaching 8 years and have gone through 3 OFSTED inspections. The goad posts move each time, and have never been classed as 'outstanding'. As teachers we all aim to do our very best - EVERY day. That's the hardest part of being a teacher. Well done. I have found this very useful.

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    user avatarivybridge4 years agoreport

    Well done Rachel, I so admire you for opening yourself up like this. It has been so helpful to watch and I would be over the moon if you were my daughter's teacher. You have a lovely calm manner with the children and some fantastically creative ideas. Keep up the good work! :-)

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    Well done Rachel and what a brave person to do this!! It was really interesting to see all that you are doing and your class are really lucky to have you as their teacher. I have been teaching many years and am currently in reception (p/t 2 days per week) My target is linked to extending learning and I find it really tricky. At UP3 I am expected to do this all the time but boy is it difficult! I have gained some lovely ideas and our theme next week is bugs (I have a peer observation then!) I would love to see some of the inspectors come in a teach a model outstanding lesson! Well done again and keep up the brilliant work