How can you make sure in the brief time that an inspector (or other assessor) spends in your classroom – that your lesson ticks enough boxes to impress - and gain that outstanding grade?
Sharing the criteria for success is essential for any learning experience – if you (or your students) do not know what they are expected to strive for – how do you (or they) know that they have achieved success? So here are the Ofsted criteria for an outstanding lesson:
Learning and progress
Teaching and assessment
The quality of learning is exceptional. Students demonstrate excellent concentration and are rarely off task even for extended periods without adult direction
They have developed a resilience when tackling challenging activities
Their keenness and commitment to succeed in all aspects of school life and ability to grasp opportunities to extend and improve their learning are exceptional.
Progress is at least good for different groups of students and exemplary for some students.
Teaching is at least good and often outstanding as students are making exceptional progress. Students are enthused which ensures they learn really well. Excellent subject knowledge is applied to challenge and inspire students. Resources, including new technology make a marked contribution to learning as does the targeted support from other adults
Teachers are aware of students’ capabilities and their prior learning and understanding and plan effectively to build on these. Marking and dialogue between teachers and other adults and students are of consistently high quality.
Searching for the ‘x’ factor – what are the magic ingredients that will elevate your lesson to outstanding? The first sentences in each column above identify the key ingredients for success:
‘The quality of the learning is exceptional’
‘Teaching is at least good and often outstanding as students are