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Observation is part of quality improvement systems where staff carrying out teaching or other key activities (action planning, reviews, tutorials, support) are observed, judgements are made and feedback is given. Action planning may follow and results are used for self assessment.
How does the way you use observation compare with that of the most effective provision seen on inspection?
The following strengths and areas for improvement have been taken from recent inspection reports across the Ofsted Learning and Skills remit.
If you were given a similar area for improvement bullet at the end of your last inspection, self assessed this area as an area for improvement, or want to work to avoid such areas for improvement, then consider what inspectors judge to be key.
Which processes does the observation system need to cover in order to cover the learner's journey?
Are there gaps that need to be covered?
Are your observers suitably experienced and trained for what they are observing?
Are your observations planned to cover a range of activities, ensuring that over time staff are seen delivering practical and theory (essential knowledge) training?
How do staff feel about the observation arrangements - are they supportive and confidential (staff surveys, appraisal)?
Do the observations lead to clearly defined, specific actions that staff can use for improvement (examples)?
Can you show that things have improved for learners as a result of the observations (examples)?
Is good practice identified and spread (examples)?
Are observations quality assured for robustness (examples)?
How are you using the data generated by observation in your self-assessment report and development plans (teaching and support)?
Do staff have 'champions' that they can talk to if they want to improve an area?
Are they being used (examples)?
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