Graded OTLA: Introduction to Effective Observation of Teaching Learning & Assessment

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.


An Introduction to observing, recording, grading and judging learning

Robust and accurate Self Assessment is critical for success at inspection. The quality, accuracy and robustness of internal observation of teaching and training plays a pivotal role in developing both the quality of teaching / training and informing provider self assessment. Where teaching and training session grades and judgements are inaccurate or inconsistent then self assessment decisions based on them are likely to be seriously flawed.

In addition, where Ofsted inspection includes joint lesson observations, Inspectors not only assess the quality of teaching and training directly, but also and potentially more importantly, judge the effectiveness of the Provider’s OTLA Process, outputs from it, and consequently, the robustness of the Provider SAR.

The effectiveness of the training organisation’s observation of teaching, training, learning and formative assessment system is highly dependent on the ability of those carrying out the observations. Whilst this has implications for both SAR and Inspection outcomes, it can also have implications for internal morale. Poor observation practice can have a very negative impact on staff attitudes and confidence. It is important therefore that those involved are trained so that they make robust, reliable and consistent judgments, and grade sessions accurately.

Delegate Feedback

Quality Manager, TFT Training

"This workshop is informative and enables you to be more confident on OTL"
Q&P Manager, Newham College of FE

"Well presented & excellent input on learning & making effective judgements"
Quality Manager, Hereward College

"An excellent interactive and interesting day which makes clear what and how an OTL should concentrate on"
Programme Manager, PDM Training and Consultancy Ltd

"Great facilities, training and excellent handouts!"
Project Manager, NXG

For Whom

This workshop has been designed primarily for staff with limited or no observation of teaching, training, learning and formative assessment experience. However delegate feedback from previous OTLA workshops has shown, consistently, that participants, including those with substantial experience, can benefit significantly from participating in this workshop and reviewing their approaches. The main benefits being that it builds confidence in interpreting observation criteria, recording performance notes, producing judgements and grading sessions.

This workshop is designed around post 16 Further Education & Skills and is closely aligned to the needs of FE Colleges, Apprenticeship and Study programme providers. 

The approaches covered work equally well in Academies, Schools, ACL provision and even internal company training departments; in fact anywhere that the quality of formal teaching, training and learning needs to be evaluated. It must be stressed however that the videos and examples used relate to the FE & Skills sector and participants from other areas may need to adapt some of the approaches covered in order to meet the needs of their individual situations.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of this workshop is to help participants develop, or further develop, the skills and knowledge required to undertake effective observations of teaching and training sessions.

As a result of attending this day participants should be able to describe and explain:

Participants should also be able to:


Key aspects of the workshop, in addition to presentations by the tutor will include:

Delivery Style

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