Effective Peer ( Non Graded) Observation Practice
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.
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.
'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:
- prepare effectively to complete a Peer Observation
- discuss and agree an observation agenda that will contribute meaningfully to the development of staff being observed, and or the observer – depending on the observation context
- record accurate, meaningful and evaluative performance notes which link clearly to the agreed observation agenda
- develop accurate and fair development points which link clearly to the agreed observation agenda
- manage post observation feedback so that it enables the observed member of staff, or the observer (depending on the observation context) to clearly identify how they can further develop their teaching practice, in relation to what was agreed on the observation agenda
- design effective Peer Observation training sessions
Key aspects of the workshop, in addition to presentations by the tutor will include:
- interactive discussion on observation preparation and agenda setting, and how the latter needs to link closely to observation criteria
- practical activities involving observing video of teaching and training followed by interactive discussion
- group and individual problem solving exercises in recording performance notes, and producing development points
- practical exercises in managing post observation feedback.
Learning will be facilitated through:
- interactive discussions,
- practical group problem solving exercises,
- case study analysis
- individual learning activities
- tutor feedback to individuals
- group and individual problem solving exercises
- encouraging participants to compare and analyse the suggested action to improve organisation performance demonstrated in the workshop, with their experience of action to improve organisation performance.
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.
Related Observation of Teaching, Learning & Assessment Workshops
- Characteristics of Outstanding Teaching
- Effective Peer ( Non Graded) Observation Practice
- Graded OTLA: Delivering Observation Feedback Effectively
- Graded OTLA: Extending Observation to Learner Reviews & other processes
- Graded OTLA: Improving Effectiveness of Moderation and Development Action
- Graded OTLA: Introduction to Effective Observation of Teaching Learning & Assessment
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