Graded OTLA: Extending Observation to Learner Reviews & other processes
Extending Graded Observations to learner recruitment, review & guidance
Lesson Observations are now firmly embedded within most Colleges and Training Providers operating within the learner and skills sector. High quality observations have proved to be one of the most effective and robust ways of measuring how well teaching and training is actually managed and delivered. Inspection consistently demonstrates that organisations which achieve excellence invariably use observation to measure the effectiveness of a range of learner journey processes not just core teaching and training.
Monitoring quality by auditing the documents completed during processes such as Progress Review, is very valuable for financial and systems audit purposes but it rarely provides a sufficiently robust indication of the capability or development needs of the individuals involved to inform and enable real improvement action.
To achieve significant improvement in how progress reviews and other types of sessions are delivered, organisations need to accurately identify what aspects of delivery need to change. Graded observations help to deliver this.
Observing any activity performed by another person, where the Observer is required to make robust, accurate and/or graded judgements requires significant skill. It is important that effective processes are developed and that observers are appropriately trained, to ensure that graded observations maximise the benefits available, and do not de-motivate those being observed.
This workshop focuses on how to conduct graded observations in the following three activities
- Recruitment Interviews
- Progress Review sessions
- Guidance sessions*
*Examples of Guidance Sessions covered by this workshop include:
- A Jobcentre Plus funded programmes, where a member of staff works with a client to look things such as the effectiveness of what the client is doing to get a job, or what further types of support they need to enable them to get work.
- Sessions on an E2E programme where a tutor or mentor is working with a learner to explore behavioural issues which are inhibiting their progress
The approach demonstrated in the workshop will help organisations ensure that observations are undertaken on a consistent basis and that they accurately measure what they are supposed to measure. The approach will also accurately identify staff development needs.
This intense and highly interactive workshop has been designed for:
- managers responsible for the quality and effectiveness of learner recruitment, guidance, and progress reviewing
- staff who are required to undertake graded observations of colleagues of undertaking these processes
The design of the workshop assumes participants will have a good understanding of the benefits and rational behind observation practice, and what is involved in the delivery and management of learner recruitment, guidance and progress review sessions.
The workshop is considered especially suitable for all FE education providers including FE Colleges, DWP/Job Centre Plus and Private Providers. It also may offer benefit to purely commercial training organisations too.
Aims and Objectives
This workshop has been designed to help participants understand and develop the processes, skills and knowledge required to undertake effective graded observations of learner recruitment, progress reviews and guidance sessions.
As a result of attending this workshop participants will be able to:
- Identify the attributes of effective, recruitment, progress reviews and guidance sessions
- accurately and fairly interpret criteria to judge the effectiveness of recruitment, progress review and guidance sessions they observe
- record accurate, meaningful and evaluative rather than descriptive performance notes
- provide a robust evidence base for judgements
- develop accurate and fair judgements from the recorded performance notes evidence
- grade sessions accurately and fairly based upon the judgements and supporting evidence
- manage feedback very effectively, so that the staff being observed accept the judgements made, and where necessary the development process that will follow.
Key aspects of the workshop, in addition to presentations by the tutor will include:
- interactive discussions on:
- the purposes and key components of recruitment, guidance and progress review sessions with a focus on what exactly they are designed to achieve
- how to determine whether they are achieving what they should
- group and individual problem solving and development exercises looking at:
- identifying different observation techniques
- how to interpret observation criteria
- techniques for recording performance notes
- how to producing judgements
- how to manage feedback effectively
- application exercises involving observation of progress review and guidance sessions including:
- recording performance notes
- producing judgements
- session grading
- delivering feedback
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