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ofsted outstanding?

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by spikelshovel, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. spikelshovel

    spikelshovel New commenter

    hi
    we had the call today ofstead are in next week!
    i was hoping for some advice from art teachers who have been graded good or outstanding ?
    what did you do that ofsted liked?

    i will be teaching all 2/3 hour blocks of GCSE with 9/10/11 whilst they are in. i plan to jog my lesson plan around depending when/if they come and see me in order to show AFL and assesment. my yr 11 students will be working towards a friday deadline to hand in their design work and my yr 9/10 vertical group will be getting feedback from their assesment on design work and finishing off any incomplete sample work.
    i have a sneaky suspicion they might come and see me as i will be teaching a boy with Tourettes (the only one in the LEA )
    any advice would be appreciated![​IMG]
     
  2. spikelshovel

    spikelshovel New commenter

    hi
    we had the call today ofstead are in next week!
    i was hoping for some advice from art teachers who have been graded good or outstanding ?
    what did you do that ofsted liked?

    i will be teaching all 2/3 hour blocks of GCSE with 9/10/11 whilst they are in. i plan to jog my lesson plan around depending when/if they come and see me in order to show AFL and assesment. my yr 11 students will be working towards a friday deadline to hand in their design work and my yr 9/10 vertical group will be getting feedback from their assesment on design work and finishing off any incomplete sample work.
    i have a sneaky suspicion they might come and see me as i will be teaching a boy with Tourettes (the only one in the LEA )
    any advice would be appreciated![​IMG]
     
  3. I haven't been observed by ofsted recently. I have, however, been observed by colleagues including our head using the new criteria. I was graded one lesson 'satisfactory' and one lesson 'good with outstanding features'. The second lesson was observed after I had looked in more detail at the new subject specific ofsted criteria - well worth a read, though I'm sure you already have!
    One thing they focussed on was differentiation. I deployed support staff carefully, actually using our technician to support on pupil one to one. This went down well. The 'good' lesson was focussing on sketchbook development and how the work feeds into larger scale studies - I think they like to see the process and how one thing relates to another and more importantly that pupils understand this.
    Literacy was also considered. Have you got lots of signage and table resources that are differentiated? Definitions of words/terms used during the lesson - even if its just revisiting techniques/artists and descriptions that have been used in lessons recently. Also pupil friendly level descriptors/grade descriptors.
    Make sure pupils are up to speed with their KS3/KS4 target levels/grades - some of my kids were asked directly. They were also asked what they had to do to improve/reach their targets.
    I was told if ofsted walk in part way through we should stop and recap everyone (preferably by asking a reliable pupil) on the objectives - so that the inspector will be clear about the lesson aims.
    Can't quite think of anything else at the mo. Do let us know how you get on.
    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. I was observed last year, early June and was graded an outstanding.

    Like the previous post, differentiation is an obvious one to focus on, but make sure the high achievers are being appropriately challenged.
    And the use of support staff was a big focus in our school, give them lesson plans SOW, luckily at the start of that year we created a LSA/Teacher communication tick list, which they really liked, if you send me your email I'm happy to send it to you.

    Pace of the lesson, engaging tasks, open questions, independent learning, creative thinkers.

    Ofsted want to see the students making progress, and the quality of learning more importantly than the quality of teaching, but obviously these go in hand in hand. If your teaching is good/outstanding then the learning and progress should be as well.

    Mini plenaries are always one they like to see, a good example of this (which also shows good use of AFL) is to give the students two post it notes, students to walk round the room looking at each others work, they are to select a piece of work which they think is successful and to write a positive/well done comment on the post it, with a reason why. On the second post it note students to write a development/improvement comment for another piece of work.
    Students then to go back to their work and read comments, if they don't have any comments they need to think about what have other students done successfully and how can they incorporate this into their own work, lasts only 5mins but very effective.

    Dont be scared to go off your lesson plan, if a situation occurred for example 'sir/miss i really am struggling to graduate my shading', 'yeah so am I'..... stop the class and do a little recap/demonstration- we all probably do this on a day to day basis but when observed feel ruled by the lesson plan, ofsted like to see teachers take risks (if its going to benefit learning/progress).

    As the previous post said make sure your read the new observation/grading process and make sure your ticking their boxes, I hate to say it, but play the game!

    Best of luck!
     
  5. Hi.
    My school is due an OFSTED visit in the next 6 months, hence my interest in your comments and especially the LSA/ teacher communication check list. Would you mind emailing a copy?

    Many thanks ( sbirch@northfield.stockton.sch.uk)
     
  6. It all makes me want to weep. What **** to have to go through!
    To have to spend more time 'planning to do well' rather than any interest in subject content.
     
  7. Hi,

    My School is due a visit form OfSTEd soon and I'm interested in the LSA/Teacher tick list. Can you send it to rhodafisher07@yahoo.co.uk.

    Thanks a milion
     
  8. Hi there,
    I was inspected by OFSTED in September in a secondary school and my lesson was deemed outstanding because I let the pupils discover things for themselves. They were working on exploring materials, techniques and processes. They had access to all the materials in my classroom and were asked to produce mixed media art works based on abstractions of natural forms. I told the pupils that there was no right or wrong way of doing this, they would be assessed on their exploration with trials and errors. Guided discovery!
    Hope this is useful
     
  9. spikelshovel

    spikelshovel New commenter

    hi
    thought i would give you an update, my lesson did not go very well because i tried to do something i for the benefit of the OFSTED inspector and what i thought she should see! (never again)
    my inspector was lovely, she graded me satisfactory (it was) but then preceded to spend the next ten minutes of feedback time telling me she knew i was an outstanding teacher :), she explained she could tell this by the work on the walls, the work in the kids book, the evidence of assessment and extensive feedback but most of all because the students told her so :) . she even fed this back to SLT. she asked the students why they thought my lessons were outstanding and they said " because i give excellent one to one support and guidance, they never feel like they can't solve a problem and they know exactly how to improve but also where they excel, they look forward to coming to my lessons"

    what i should have realised is it was my relationship with students and consistency in assessment and feedback that would get my outstanding, she parted by saying she wished she had observed the hour before, the one where i had weaved my magic!
    lesson learnt:NEVER DO ANYTHING YOU WOULDN'T NORMALLY DO :)
     
  10. Hi - I really like your idea of using a LSA/Teacher communication tick list. If possible would you send me a copy via e-mail below - thanks in anticipation!
    Kate

    katie@akeroyd624.freeserve.co.uk
     
  11. I would be grateful if you would please send me your LSA/Teacher communication tick list, ofsted pending!!!
    lesley.taylor@live.com
    Thanks
     
  12. Hi
    My team (I am head of Art and design) had a subject inspection this year so I had about 5 hours of observation and observed my team with them. We soon worked out they weren't that interested in whole school approaches like peer assessment activities and plenaries - they wanted to see art taught in an exciting and engaging way that inspired students. To be fair we were inspected by Art specialists and that is not always the case in whole school inspections. They asked students what they thought they were learning, not just doing, what levels / grades they were on and if they knew what they should be doing to improve. I know its impossible, but try to relax, have confidence in your approach - that's how you'll get good responses from the students. What you are planning to do looks fine. Best of luck
     
  13. Please could you send me the LSA CHECK list you used for your art lessons. Also, do you have anything on differentiation in ART?

    Graham Gayle:

    grgfashion@gmail.com

    Thanks
     
  14. rsaeeda

    rsaeeda New commenter

    Please could you send me the LSA CHECK list you used for your art lessons. Also, do you have anything on differentiation in ART?

    R. Saeeda
    rsaeeda08@hotmail.co.uk

    Thanks
     
  15. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Think about how you will document differentiation.
     
  16. mmiller428

    mmiller428 New commenter

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