Graded OTLA: Improving Effectiveness of Moderation and Development Action

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


The quality of teaching, training and assessment is pivotal to the effective progression and achievement of learners, success rates and inspection outcomes. Most organisations now use observation as a tool to help develop the quality of their teaching and training delivery but introducing observation on its own seldom delivers real improvement.

To maximise the benefits of the observation process it is essential that consistency exists between observers, observation sessions, departments, areas of learning and diverse centres.  Equally important is that where observers identify development opportunities in tutor performance, effective action plans are produced and implemented. Thirdly, the overall outputs from the observation reports need to drive organisational teaching and training quality forward in a way that can be evidenced; this will contribute towards ongoing improvement claims for self assessment and during inspection.  ‘Ongoing improvement’ is a strength essential to grade one inspection results.

This workshop helps participants to improve their ability to moderate the following and in doing so helps ensure that the observation process generates real improvements in the quality of teaching, training and learning.

  1. Observation of Teaching/Training reports
  2. Observer practice
  3. Improvement Action Plans

For Whom

This intensive and practical 1 day workshop has been designed for:

Participants are welcome to bring OTL reports that have been produced in their organisation which can be used in the workshop moderation exercises.

Aims and Objectives

This workshop is designed to help participants develop the effectiveness, of their organisation’s arrangements for the moderation of Observation and Teaching and Learning

As a result of attending this workshop participants will be able to describe and clearly explain:

  1. The purpose of Observation of Teaching / Training and Learning (OTL) report, Observer and Action Plan Moderation, and how these processes should operate
  2. what robust OTL Moderation criteria look like, and how to interpret them effectively, including moderation of Observer performance
  3. how to produce an effective Moderation report
  4. what effective OTL Action Plans look like and how to Moderate them


Topics will help improve participants’ ability to write OTL reports, carry out moderation, write moderation reports, produce effective OTL action plans and critically evaluate action plans produced by others. Specific topics will include

Delivery Style

This is a very practical workshop where the emphasis will be on participants developing their skills through practical skills tasks
Learning will be facilitated through:


Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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Certificates of Professional Development.

This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities