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Fair? - Interview lesson observation - only one person

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by mykalmykal, May 18, 2011.

  1. HI All

    I recently had an interview for the position of teacher and the lesson observation was conducted by the headteacher only. All my previous interviews with lesson observations have involved more than one person observing.

    Is it normal, fair or legal that only one person can make this judgement on your teaching?

    Any advice or links or experience gratefully received


  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Normal? In my experience, completely. As a head I've either done it myself (by myself) or delegated it to a deputy or (as I'm secondary) AST or Head of dept.
    Fair? Absolutely. The head is the head teacher and it's his/her principal job to assess standards in the school. As part of your training have observations always involved two or more people? And that's a situation where your fitness to be allowed QTS is determined!
    Legal? Are you imagining there's some law about this? Heads can assess the suitability of prospective teachers in whatever way they wish - there are no 'laws' or regulations about it.

  3. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Totally normal, totally legal, totally fair. It's what will happen when you become a teacher.
    You might also be observed by the deputy, or by a class teacher with a subject leadership responsibility.
    They're all well qualified to know what good learning looks like.
    I presume, by your question, that the response was less than positive?
    Perhaps you would have preferred an ofsted inspector?
  4. Crowbob

    Crowbob Senior commenter

    *cough*discrimination laws*cough*
    I don't think a woman is suitable for the post! Nor somebody with a disability! Nor a homosexual! Nor a Jew! Nor a crinkly!

  5. Crowbob

    Crowbob Senior commenter

    Sorry for that moment of being overly picky... [​IMG]
    Unnecessary. Sorry.
  6. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    You totally missed my point - I meant 'Using whatever methods' (i.e. interview, lesson observation done by only one person, written task, presentation, etc).
    I did NOT mean they can make the decision based on discriminatory beliefs, feelings or grounds.
    By the way - they can conduct the entire interview process on their own if they want, too.
  7. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    Yes to all three.
    Schools decide how they conduct their selection process - at some schools you'll be watched by 2 or 3 schools, at some schools they may not watch you teach at all. I've never been to or heard of an interview where the head wasn't involved but they may not be involved in everything e.g. they may not watch your lesson but they may interview you.
  8. Thank you for all the responses - most helpful.

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