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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by mandypowell190968, Jan 12, 2019.
Had observation and 'learning walks'. Now more planned. How many are allowed?
There's been a thread on this recently. As far as I remember the answer is that, while unions may gove guidance on what they think is right, it's up to HTs to decide what to do.
What does your school's PM/Appraisal policy say? Observations should comply with the school's own policy. But there are no limits in the law about how many observations a year can be done although DFE advises that "the amount of observation would have to be reasonable for the teacher to be required to comply [with STPCD] both in terms of the arrangements in the school for observation generally and of what happens in practice for individual teachers."
If you are in a union taking ASOSA industrial action that has various instructions in about how much observation a year should take place.
Also policies usually differentiate between formal LOs as part of the teacher's PM/Appraisal - which typically are limited by the school's policy - and other drop ins and learning walks, on which school policies typically put no restrictions. Heads have the right to go into any classroom at any time.
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