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Middle leadership: Assessing teaching quality

In a five-part series on middle leadership, Adam Riches will be offering advice and tips on excelling in all aspects of this vital role in schools. In article four, he looks at assessing the quality of teaching in your team

Assuring the quality of teaching is one of the cornerstones to school improvement and one of the key roles of the middle leader.

Knowing what is happening in the classrooms of the teachers you lead facilitates both individual and team development, ultimately culminating in a better experience and better outcomes for learners.

The stigma around quality assurance often makes the process more difficult – but if planned and executed effectively and collegiately, it can be a hugely powerful tool for middle leaders.

What should be quality assured?

Simply, everything needs quality assuring. A lot of people instantly think “quality of teaching” when someone mentions quality assurance and for schools this is of course one of the key focuses.

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