Effective Peer ( Non Graded) Observation Practice

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 and cascading within teaching training and learning contexts

This workshop explores, in detail, the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to carry out non graded peer observations of teaching and training sessions. It also provides a template for follow on staff training on effective peer observation of teaching training and learning.

Graded observation of teaching and training has proved to be a highly effective tool for measuring the quality of teaching and training and is now an essential component of robust self assessment, but many have found it less effective, especially when used in isolation, at delivering real improvement.

Non graded developmental observations, known as Peer Observations are seen by many as the tool to deliver the improvement with graded observations being used for to measure progress and inform self assessment.

This less formal process is common in the HE sector where tutors use it, regularly, to enhance their practice. The effectiveness of non graded peer observation process is however, as with graded observations, highly dependent on the observation skills and abilities of the staff undertaking observations.

Unfortunately Teachers and trainers do not automatically acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, through their normal teaching and training roles.  They know what works for them, but do not necessarily appreciate how, through an observation, to evaluate what a colleague does and whether it is genuinely effective. 

For Whom

This workshop is designed for Managers with responsibility for the quality of teaching and training.  Teachers and Trainers who are or will be required to undertake Peer Observations may also benefit from attending.

The workshop is considered especially suitable for FE Education providers including FE Colleges, DWP/JCP and Private Providers and secondary schools (post 16 provision only).  It may also offer benefits to purely commercial training organisations, and managers who are responsible for internal staff training and development in all contexts.

Delegate Feedback

'Highly recommend this course to peers.'
Curriculum Development Tutor, Adult Family Community Learning

'A must attend for anyone involved in Peer Observation'
Advanced Teaching Practitioner, University of Derby

'A comprehensive training session which covered both the process of introducing non-graded observations together with the skills & knowledge needed to successfully introduce a system.'
Teaching & Learning Director, St Charles 6th Form College

'I would absolutely recommend. A great learning experience!'
Programme Co-ordinator, Ruskin College

'Very useful for developing an effective peer observation agenda with an FE college.'
Curriculum Leader, Oldham College

Aims and Objectives

The workshop will help participants develop essential peer observation and feedback skills, and the planning of internal Peer Observation Training. Participants who successfully complete the workshop will be able to:


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

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