Best Practice

Six tips for effective lesson observations

To help reduce workload for both observer and observee during lesson observations in mathematics, Lucy Rycroft-Smith offers six evidence-informed best practice tips

Schools are going through a particularly tough time at the moment: if it's not funding issues, it's recruitment and retention problems – and of course these two issues compound each other. Good staff cost money, training costs money, advertising costs money.

Secondary mathematics teachers have been officially recognised as appearing on the Shortage Occupation List since 2013. Moreover, results of the recent Department for Education (DfE) Workload Challenge survey have been revealing: “The majority (93 per cent) of respondents stated that workload in their school was at least a fairly serious problem; just over half of those surveyed (52 per cent) cited workload as a very serious problem.”

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