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Should we get personal feedback from lesson observations?

Discussion in 'English' started by Sedgers, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Sedgers

    Sedgers New commenter

    My department was
    inspected the other day by our county inspector - he was looking into the way
    we deliver English Literature at KS4.

    Apart from that we told nothing else. Three of us were observed
    for 30 minutes each by our head of department and the inspector. The other
    three members of staff (minus the head of department) were not observed as two
    were not teaching KS4 that day, and the other had a group in the middle of a
    controlled assessment.

    We had to follow all procedures as for any inspection (lesson plan
    etc) but we have now been told we will get no personal feedback at all. All we
    have had is a copy of his findings which does not refer to anything seen in his
    observation of our lessons. It seems that those that were observed (which
    clearly wasn't fair in the first place as the whole department weren't seen or
    spoken to) were given extra work to do with unnecessary stress and don't
    actually know if our delivery of Literature was positive or not. The review
    mainly focuses on what we aren't doing or could do rather than what we are

    So, what I'm asking is should we be entitled to written (or at
    least verbal) feedback if we were observed?

  2. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    According to our SLT, no. But I always make a royal pain in the **** of myself until I get it. If an OfSTED inspector can sit down with me for 10 minutes to talk through the 20 minutes he saw, then someone who actually knows me can damn well make the time.
    Whether there's an entitlement or not, though, is anyone's guess.
  3. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    You would have thought that the HoD would either let you know of the outcomes, or will want to influence you in regards to them. I would take it that no news is (probably) good news.

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