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Lesson Study: The power of three

The Japanese Lesson Study approach to teacher enquiry is gaining popularity in the UK. The technique sees three teachers working collaboratively to tackle specific barriers to learning. David Weston explains.


Lesson Study is a process of teacher enquiry, originally from Japan, which is being used across England to improve teaching and learning.

Uplands Community College engaged with the National Teacher Enquiry Network’s (NTEN) approach to Lesson Study. The process helped their students develop greater confidence while allowing the teachers to explore and improve their own pedagogy.

All the research around what makes effective professional development points towards teacher enquiry processes, where teachers get to collaboratively explore and improve their own practice. 

This has been shown to have much more of an impact on student outcomes than sending teachers on one-off courses or bringing in speakers to conduct after-school lectures.

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