I didn’t see that coming – how critical friends can help us improve

The critical friend is a recognised feature of school improvement. Someone knowledgeable who is not blinded by institutional bias can point out weaknesses in plans and identify ingredients likely to increase chances of success. The same rationale applies to individuals too – teachers can improve by asking each other challenging questions and by challenging eachContinue reading “I didn’t see that coming – how critical friends can help us improve”

Can Checklists Improve Teacher Development?

I am lucky enough to observe lessons. I get to see the full gamut of age and experience, from trainees and NQTs to more experienced and senior colleagues. I am under no illusions that observing others teach is both a great privilege and a great responsibility – deciding upon what and how to feedback is,Continue reading “Can Checklists Improve Teacher Development?”