Characteristics of Outstanding Teaching ( Learning ) Sessions

Understanding what outstanding teaching, training & learning sessions look Like.

Outstanding Teaching, Training and Learning is now pivotal to achieving a Grade 1 at Inspection. So what does outstanding teaching, training and learning actually mean? And what does it look like in practice?

Many people in the sector seem to lack real clarity on this, yet clarity is essential! A clear, accurate and shared understanding is vital if the organisation is to consistently achieve close to this standard of delivery. This shared vision is equally important when developing and planning effective action to enhance the quality of teaching and training.

Teaching and training are complex tasks and the effectiveness of practitioners cannot be described in simplistic or absolute terms. It is important that all staff who play a part in the management, delivery and/or improvement of teaching and learning understand this, appreciating how descriptions of outstanding teaching and training need to be interpreted in different contexts and in relation to the impact teaching and training has on learners.

It is essential that the senior management teams of all Colleges, Schools and Learning Providers –plus all staff involved in the delivery or improvement of teaching and learning – develop a common and coherent vision and understanding of precisely what ‘Outstanding’ teaching and learning means and what needs to be achieved under the latest inspection frameworks.

It is essential that the senior management teams of all Colleges, Schools and Learning Providers –plus all staff involved in the delivery or improvement of teaching and learning – develop a common and coherent vision and understanding of precisely what ‘Outstanding’ teaching and learning means and what needs to be achieved under the latest inspection frameworks.

The workshop supports this by enabling managers and staff to develop clearer ideas about the characteristics of outstanding teaching and training.

For Whom
This workshop has been designed for managers who have responsibility for improving the quality of teaching and training in their organisation.

This may include but not exclusively:

  • Senior Management and Quality Teams
  • Teachers and trainers, OTL observers
  • Staff who line-manage the performance of teachers and trainers
  • Managers with responsibility for improving the quality of teaching and training
  • Subject learning coaches and mentors
  • Staff who deliver teaching and training CPD, including ITT

Aims and Outcomes
To help participants develop a more refined understanding of the characteristics of highly effective learning delivery, and the contextual issues related to judging learning delivery quality.

As a result of attending this workshop participants should be able to describe and explain:

  • what Ofsted are looking for in learning sessions – including the wider aspects of the learning experience that need to be included in sessions
  • learner perspectives on highly effective learning experiences
  • the impact of outstanding learning on learners
  • the importance of Differentiation and Formative Assessment in achieving an outstanding learning experience
  • how and why active learning methods are more likely to facilitate an outstanding learning experience
  • examples of the use of technology to enhance learning
  • how the promotion of equality and diversity contributes to achieving outstanding learning experiences.

Content
The workshop topics include:

  • The Ofsted perspective?
  • Learner perspectives?
  • The impact on learners.
  • Active Learning.
  • Checking progress and learning outcome achievement.
  • Using technology to enhance learning.
  • The promotion of equality and diversity in sessions.