Delivering Grade 1 Lessons and Training Sessions
Hints, tips and approaches that make outstanding teaching easier
One of the biggest challenges facing teachers and trainers keen to deliver Grade 1 ‘outstanding’ lessons and training sessions, is lack of time. Time to plan and prepare learning is essential - but at a premium – consequently far too many lessons and training sessions are delivered with insufficient thought and preparation.
This workshop starts with the basics; it explores what makes for outstanding teaching, gives clarity on what Grade 1 lessons or training sessions might look like and then considers how they can be structured to deliver outstanding learning. The workshop then moves to a higher level, exploring the techniques, approaches and toolkits that will enable outstanding learning to be developed and delivered when preparation time is at a premium.
Participants will consider the importance of differentiation, pace and the need to maintain high levels of involvement, motivation and interest from students. They will examine the need to focus on learning; ways to ensure that all students are actively and enthusiastically engaged - that they have the opportunity to work at levels beyond their own expectations and become highly confident in the development of new skills, understanding and knowledge. Most importantly, the workshop will look at ways to better enable students to take ownership for their learning, monitor their own performance and progression - and understand their learning goals.
Whilst the workshop cannot guarantee Grade 1 inspection results, it can make a significant difference to the way teachers and trainers analyse the key aspects of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment and help them reduce the burden that all too frequently underpins the planning, development and delivery of outstanding learning.
This fast-paced, highly practical workshop is designed for all those who have to work with groups of children and adults. This workshop is designed for Teachers and Trainers from Academies, Secondary Schools, FE Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Learning Providers. The workshop will also be of interest to those working in HE and/or commercial training departments.
The workshop will also be of interest to managers and lesson observers who are responsible for and/or involved in developing the quality of teaching and learning within their organisational environment.
Workshop Aims and Objectives
- Review Ofsted expectations, criteria and indicators for outstanding learning
- Understand the key characteristics of a Grade 1 (Outstanding) lesson/training session
- Student Involvement
- Level of Teachings
- Student Motivation and Ownerships
- Explore the key techniques and approaches that enable delivery of outstanding learning
- Develop a delivery structure template to support delivery of outstanding learning
- Develop practical session plans to support outstanding teaching and learning
- Consider teaching strategies that help to enable outstanding teaching and learning
1. Current Practice and Understanding
Session one explores participants understanding of what constitutes an outstanding lesson or training session and what Ofsted Inspectors look for. In doing so participants are encouraged to consider the key techniques that support and scaffold effective learning. This session also considers the techniques participants are currently using together with how, where and when these have proved effective.
- Understanding what inspectors want
- Reviewing current approaches to inform development opportunities
- Challenges and barriers
- How effective are my teaching and learning strategies in supporting my students and their learning?
- Development Opportunities
2. Grade 1 Lesson or Training Session
Session 2 explores, in more detail, the key features of a Grade 1 lesson or training session.
- Maintains high levels of involvement, motivation and interest from students
- Develops skills, knowledge & understanding of all students
- Develops learning outcomes that are student centred
- Assesses and promotes personalised learning
- Meets all students needs
- Supports student reflection
- Creates ‘stretch’, has pace and is challenging for students
- Supports a differentiated classroom that is focussed on learning
- Embeds ownership and responsibility for learning with the student
- Focuses on Assessment for Learning
- Uses a range of questioning & assessment activities
- Involves a range of effective teaching and learning strategies
3. The Key Components of a Grade 1 Lesson or Training session
It is very easy to say the session needs to have pace and/or meet the needs of all students but what tools and approaches can the teacher/trainer use to deliver these? This session explores, in some detail, the key components and approaches that teachers and trainers should use, adopt and include, to deliver a Grade 1 session.
- It’s all about the students and their learning – remembering the core goal
- Developing & agreeing effective learning and performance goals
- Developing sessions and resources that focus on learning
- Differentiation, how, where, when and why
- Group work, the core components of effective activities
- Active Learning, what it means, how it works and how to get the best from it
- How to effectively manage the learning environment
- How to develop and use highly effective questioning techniques
- Assessment for learning, the implications for session & assessment design
- Feedback for Learning, developing the skills that support effective feedback, including:
- Key principles of written and oral feedback
- Active listening
- Target setting
- Developing effective plenary activities, that link learning goals
- Using Reflection and Peer Review to embed ownership of learning goals
4. Putting it all Together
Session 4 looks at ways the key components can be combined and dovetailed together to produce an outstanding lesson or training session. Using supplied templates and guidelines, participants are encouraged to develop an actual lesson or training session, reflect on its strengths and consider how it could be further improved. In doing so participants begin to put the learning into practice and improve their abilities to develop grade 1 lessons and training sessions - even when time is at a premium.
5. Plenary, questions and answers
This last session provides for a final review of the key learning points and provides an additional opportunity for participants to ask about any issues that are still outstanding.
'Enables you to reflect on improvement strategies.'
Senior Teacher, Salford City College
'Understanding how to plan lessons, meet requirements and how to move to learner led assessments.'
Trainer, CTS Training Ltd
'Opportunity to try out and discuss various startegies for improving/developing teaching and learning in a friendly environemnt.'
PGCE Tutor, St Mary's University College
Learning will be facilitated through:
- Presentation and Observation
- Interactive discussions
- Peer work and review
- Practical group activities
- Analysis and review of current practices
- Individual learning activities
- Tutor feedback to individuals
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 Teaching Techniques Workshops
- Delivering Grade 1 Lessons and Training Sessions
- Differentiation - Developing Activities that Work
- Feedback for Learning
- Making Discussion and Group Work More Effective
- Making Learner Induction Fun and Effective (FE & Skills)
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