The way I see it is, if I observe a teacher, I judge the learning taking place. I try to block out my own 'ideas' and see the lesson at face value, and if the kids are learning, that's good. However, I work in a department where the HoD is forever trying to influence teaching methods with 'innovation'. I am all for being innovative and sharing ideas and developing new teaching strategies, but deploying any strategies should be at the discretion of individual teachers in my opinion, as what suits one teacher/group/individual doesn't necessarily suit the next. In my department you could happily teach an old-fashioned lesson where the kids learnt loads and get a 'satisfactory' or you could do something innovative and fun and new and get an 'outstanding'. This seems back to front to me. So how much should leadership be able to dictate methods? Surely they should only criticise if results are poor? I'd be interested in hearing the views of others.