Characteristics of Outstanding Teaching

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.


Understanding What Outstanding Teaching Training & Learning Looks Like

Outstanding Teaching, Training and Learning is now pivotal to achieving a Grade 1 at Inspection; but what does outstanding teaching, training and learning mean? What does it look like in practice? 

Many people in the sector seem to lack real clarity on this, yet clarity is essential! A clear, accurate and shared understanding is vital if the organisation is to consistently achieve close to this standard of delivery. This shared vision is equally important when developing and planning effective action to enhance the quality of teaching and training.

Teaching and training are complex tasks and the effectiveness of practitioners cannot be described in simplistic or absolute terms.   It is important that all staff who play a part in the management, delivery and/or improvement of teaching and learning understand this, appreciating how descriptions of outstanding teaching and training need to be interpreted in different contexts and in relation to the impact teaching and training has on learners.

It is essential that the senior management teams of all Colleges, Schools and Learning Providers –plus all staff involved in the delivery or improvement of teaching and learning - develop a common and coherent vision and understanding of precisely what ‘Outstanding’ teaching and learning means and what needs to be achieved under the 2012 inspection framework.

The workshop supports this by enabling managers and staff to develop clearer ideas about the characteristics of outstanding teaching and training.

Delegate Feedback

'I would be very happy to recommend this workshop to all learning sectors/organisations.'
Assessor, Cambrian Training

'Well worth going to - you'll learn some great strategies to develop into an outstanding teacher.'
Teacher, Oakbank School

'Lots of practical ideas to help with refreshing Teaching & Learning, looking at Teaching & Learning in a new way.'
Assistant Head, St Thomas More Catholic School

For Whom

This workshop has been designed for managers who have responsibility for improving the quality of teaching and training in their organisation.
This may include but not exclusively:

Aims and Outcomes

To help participants develop a more refined understanding of the characteristics of highly effective teaching and training and the contextual issues related to judging teaching and training quality.

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


The workshop topics 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