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OBSERVATION POLICY

The purpose of this procedure defines how observation of teaching and training session should be carried out.

Principles:

The key principles underpinning the observation scheme are that it should:

  •  bring about continuous improvement in the standards of teaching and learning and the quality of the learner’s experience
  •  be sufficiently flexible to encompass a range of contexts where lesson observation might be required or desirable
  •  be rigorous and robust, yet supportive to those being observed
  • To evaluate the consistency across different assessors/tutors and programme delivery.

Observation Process

  •  The observer will not participate in the session, only observe and ensure minimum interference Timing of observations should be agreed in advance with the tutor
  •  All notes of observations are confidentially for quality assurance and audit purposes
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  • The observer should aim to carry out observation accordingly to fit the session, any assessment, feedback or review activity. And observation can be a combination of tutor delivery and learner activity. Tutors should ensure that the lesson is planned for this to occur.
  • The observation will be as non-obstructive as possible, but it will be necessary to speak to learners and, where appropriate, see their work
  • Staff receiving a satisfactory or inadequate grade will be re-observed within 6-8 weeks of the first observation
  • Usually a minimum of 1 direct observation is expected to be carried out. More observation will be scheduled as required.

Grades

The grade descriptors are:

Grade 1 - Outstanding

Grade 2 - Good

Grade 3 - Satisfactory

Grade 4 - Inadequate

There will only be one overall grade is awarded. Observation procedures will follow this practice; however, teachers/tutors/Assessors will receive feedback on teaching and learning and attainment, as set out on the observation summary form. The feedback must be constructive and supportive as a way to improve and must be specific with appropriate rational.

The observer should:

  • ensure that any resources to help with the observation is provided where deemed necessary
  • arrange with the teacher/tutor a mutually convenient session to observe and a time to give feedback
  • must not observe any session that can cause severe disruption or be a cause of interference to the normal session delivery of the learners

The observer should:

  • where appropriate look at learners’ work without causing any disruption or interference.
  • relate to planning, structure and delivery, use of resources and learners’ individual learning experience
  • talk to learners with minimal disruption where possible.
  • complete the session observation records accordingly

After the observation

The observer should:

  • complete the observation of teaching and learning record and feedback document and establish an overall grade base on the finding.
  • give the teacher/tutor the opportunity to comment on the session and clarify any aspects
  • discuss any areas for development and identify any actions
  • give the tutor/assessor and their manager (If applicable) a copy of all relevant observation documentation no less than 15 days after the observation
  • provide the relevant manager with immediate feedback (where appropriate)
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