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Written feedback

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by cat2611, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. cat2611

    cat2611 Occasional commenter

    The assistant head observed me on Friday 25th September 2015. To date I still haven't received any written feedback. Should I receive written feedback after a lesson observation? I don't agree with everything that she said but it would still be nice to have the feedback.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    What does your school's Policy on Observations say?

    That must be your first port of call.

    Best wishes

  3. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Depends whether it was one of the observations making up your PM judgement or a 'drop in.'
  4. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    I think the big two teaching unions suggest that written feedback should be given within five working days of the observation. Sensibly, if you left it much longer than a week or two the 'moment would have passed' to actually have some kind of meaningful dialogue about the lesson.

    How about being pro-active by emailing the assistant head confirming your understanding of the verbal feedback they gave you. It might be possible that they have genuinely forgotten.
  5. cat2611

    cat2611 Occasional commenter

    I've so far been unable to locate an observation policy. The teaching and learning policy states that observations will normally be carried out by the headteacher but it doesn't say what form the feedback will take.

    Even if I locate a policy it is possible that the staff at my school won't be adhering to it. The assistant head told me tonight that seeing as the policies are outdated and are currently under review we must use our common sense to choose sensible parts of the policies that we will use.

    I emailed the assistant head on Monday. I asked for written feedback but she hasn't got back to me yet. Do you think I should email her again?
  6. cat2611

    cat2611 Occasional commenter

    Shouldn't be used in their entirety? I've never heard of a school or organisation choosing sensible parts of policies that they will adhere to.
  7. stmha

    stmha Established commenter

    In an ideal world you give brief feedback immediately following the lesson and the arrange a formal debrief. Everyone is busy, so unless the lesson was a disaster and you are worried, then give them some slack.
    Were you asked to do a formal evaluation for the debrief?

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