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General Category => Ofsted inspections => Topic started by: ed on May 05, 2010, 10:38:03 PM

Title: Showing progress in observations
Post by: ed on May 05, 2010, 10:38:03 PM
After a disappointing OfSTED monitoring visit (we were given a low satisfactory 2 years ago) many teachers across the subjects are struggling with showing progress by all students in lessons.  Does anyone have good advice / activities that have proved progress in Geog?  The school is a boys comp with a large % of statmented pupils (10%) and EAL pupils (about 35%) but also a large % of very able pupils...  Distribution is like a camel with few pupils of middle ability.  We teach in mixed ability classes. 

We are in for (another) local authority inspection soon, any pointers appreciated! 

ed
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: lular on May 10, 2010, 02:07:12 PM
I would start by making the aim of the lesson really clear (verbally and visually) and then ensure that your plenary shows they have learnt this. If you have a range of abilities, then the plenary would need to be open-ended enough to allow all to demonstrate learning and progress.
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Blue Square Thing on May 10, 2010, 07:02:36 PM
I'm not sure how this would go down (with the suits) - someone else might know: but why teach the same lesson to all of them? It's entirely possible to have learning going on and progress being made this way. I find it works particularly well on longer project stuff or at least stuff where they're working on their own on something for a period of time.

It's not so dissimilar to what occurs in primary schools of course.
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: ed on May 11, 2010, 10:01:07 PM
I do agree with both of you.  In an hour that seems reasonable and fine.  However, in 20mins, it is very tricky to show progress of all learners.   
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Blue Square Thing on May 11, 2010, 11:17:03 PM
Tbh if suits expect to see progress of all learners in 20 mins then I assume the same sort of progress would be expected even if the suit wasn't in the room?

In which case perhaps someone can tell me why, in 11 or so years of formal education, the end results aren't a bit, well, better?

Sorry - being a cynical old git for a minute...
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Cindy on May 12, 2010, 10:10:22 PM
We have been praised on this in our recent inspection.  We use dartboards with key questions that the students code - red / amber / green at the start of each unit.  They complete the same activity at the end of each unit and it should be mainly green - if there are any amber, the students write a specific target to match.  These are the learning objectives for the lessons and as part of the plenary in an inspection, you can get the students to reflect upon how they've progressed since the start of the unit (look at their dartboard).  Instant progress!
They also have characteristics of their target level attached to their dartboard for each topic.

I'm sorry, i haven't explained this well at all!  It does work and highlights progression over a period of time.  Show the inspectors "progress" - effective AfL, differentiation, active learning etc etc etc!
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: fred on May 17, 2010, 08:28:39 AM
This sounds like a good idea. Could you send me an example so I can see how it is set out?

Thanks,
Lisa
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: annharri on May 17, 2010, 07:32:31 PM
Would it be possible to send me an example too?
Thanks
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Wilma on May 17, 2010, 08:43:03 PM
This sounds great, please could you send me a copy too, thanks very much.
skiffington@btinternet.com :)
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: geog2312 on May 17, 2010, 09:12:35 PM
Can I have a copy too ofsted looming weber2312@hotmail.co.uk

Thank You
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: clairemarieric on May 20, 2010, 02:09:29 PM
sorry could i have a copy too please.
clairemcoops@aol.com

thank you
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: htdavies on May 20, 2010, 06:38:57 PM
Please will you send me a copy too.
Thanks in advance
H
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Cindy on May 23, 2010, 08:41:50 PM
I've emailed a couple of samples out.  Please let me know if this didn't arrive! 
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Wilma on May 24, 2010, 08:56:54 PM
These are great, thanks very much. :)
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Evlinda on May 25, 2010, 03:23:59 PM
Cindy- could I have a copy please?? thanks x
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: paulsturtivant on May 31, 2010, 09:55:23 AM
Could I also?  many thanks

psturtivant@alexandrapark.haringey.sch.uk
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Nick Gough on June 02, 2010, 02:02:55 PM
Please could you also send me a sample copy of this. Thank you

Gough-n@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: jmitra on June 06, 2010, 03:20:55 PM
Could you please send me a copy, too? Thanks a lot. email : jmitra@ourladys.hackney.sch.uk
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Sparkle007 on June 14, 2010, 11:29:28 PM
Could I have a copy as well please?  ;D 

Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Andoca on July 01, 2010, 08:29:02 PM
The teachers who achieved outstanding in our recent Ofsted ticked the boxes by planning 3 x 20 min sessions within the lesson.  This enabled the teachers to show progrss within each part of the lesson and generally observations were only for 20 mins. Just an idea....
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Good Skills on September 26, 2011, 08:56:15 PM
Hi Cindy - if you are still monitoring this can i have a copy please.

Cheers

Darrin
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Allan M on October 09, 2011, 01:55:02 PM
IMO you have to divide the lesson up into 20 minute maximum sessions or at the very least have mini plenaries, plenaries that are flexible I.E If Ofsted appear part way through the lesson then you need to use a plenary at the earliest possible convenience. You should hopefully have set a learning objective and have 3 learning outcomes, your progress is shown by the questioning / AFL techniques used in those plenaries.

Also, control the agenda! If students have been making good progress in previous lesson, if you have given formative feedback (marking) and pupils have made progress because of that feedback. Photocopy exemplars (keep them in a folder and give them to Mr/Mrs OFSTED and/or SLT along with your seating plan, lesson plan.

Tick the boxes in advance for whomever is inspecting you!! Make their task easy and better for you.
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: LangGeog on October 11, 2011, 04:13:28 PM
Hi
We go for lesson episodes, 4x 15 mins in a 1 hour lesson. Recap, new information, activity to practice, high order creative demonstration. All re thinking skills / multiple intelligences, young peoples geography etc etc     As for showing progress out of the lesson, children have individual target grades and have to meet these on regular homeworks or redo, and then we put a grades check on each homework to show how to meet that target on the homework at the bottom - example attached: http://www.school-portal.co.uk/GroupDownloadFile.asp?GroupId=1160515&ResourceID=4220167 (http://www.school-portal.co.uk/GroupDownloadFile.asp?GroupId=1160515&ResourceID=4220167)

Do get in touch if you want more ideas
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: Stephen Schwab on November 07, 2011, 06:35:46 PM
Oh Cindy incidently, please send to me too, many thanks
schwabs@nestonhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Heard this idea before, simple is ever the best, for a suit or more importantly a student & teacher.
Title: Re: Showing progress in observations
Post by: htdavies on November 25, 2011, 06:48:51 PM
Cindy's dartboards are on the sln website under Geo Excellence.  We have found them useful.
http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/AfL.htm

Hope that helps.