As part of what feels like an endless cycle of monitoring we have just been told to expect learning walks lasting 'approximate half an hour'. When they took place last term they were only 10 minutes! I know they like to use learning walks as a way to get in more than their three observations a year. I've just checked union guidance and it says that they class learning walks as observations and that formal observations can total no more than three hours a year. Last term observations were only half an hour so they are under this limit. But half an hour is surely ridiculous?