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Ofsted lesson help please

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sudz1985, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. sudz1985

    sudz1985 New commenter

    Hi everyone, we are expecting ofsted any day and so have been asked to plan and find resources for stand alone lessons (two for maths, two for English and foundation subject plans: it could be a science lesson on changing materials, a history lesson about Ancient Greece or art/PSHE etc) I have planned the lessons three times and I'm still not happy with them, they just don't seem very inspirational or exciting. Any ideas? Thanks in advance xx
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Why, surely you should be teaching what you planned to teach at that time. Ofsted will look at books and talk to the kids and wonder why there isn't progression from what you were teaching before their visit.
  3. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    Ofsted are very explicit in their guidance. They do not want to see special one-off lessons, they want you to treat their visit as just another day.

    No written plan unless you always do them, no "exciting" if that's not what you normally do.

    They are looking for progress over time, not a one off show.

    They don't grade lessons any more either.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Sooooo, for example, you are studying Ancient Egypt and yet have a fab ofsted lesson on Ancient Greece? Seriously? You don't think the inspector will notice that the displays and so on don't match what is being taught? Well ok you probably do, but your SLT are insane.

    You need to wait until you get the call, then just do a quick dust and polish of whatever you were doing anyway. Anything else will result in disaster.

    However, if your school insist, then keep what you have so far. Just don't teach them on the day...do your usual thing.
    Lara mfl 05 and sudz1985 like this.
  5. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    That is insane!
    Do not do stand alone lessons. Ofsted are looking for typicality and progression in lessons and in books. They will talk to pupils. They are not interested in your planning.
  6. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    If you teach 'stand alone' lessons you are asking for trouble with Ofsted

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