A quest for better lesson observation and teacher development
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Shavington Primary, a mixed school with more than 200 places for children aged 4 to 11, is in the top six Northwest primary schools for progress in academic results. It is located in Cheshire, England.
Due to its level of excellence, the school was preparing to become a teaching school as part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Executive Head Teacher Dan Thomas wanted to initiate a project to enhance teachers’ professional development.
Dan was dissatisfied with traditional classroom observation: he found that the problem with most systems was that when they were switched on for a lesson observation, the teacher and children were too aware of the technology; it was unrealistic to hope that it wasn’t going to be obtrusive as part of the lesson. He began looking for a lesson solution that was not considered threatening and intrusive.
ONVU Learning Response
During his search, Dan evaluated ONVU Learning’s LessonVU system and found that its unique features offered a non-threatening, non-judgmental mechanism that identified classroom needs, provided bespoke and highly-informed staff professional development and, in turn, improved learning outcomes for students. LessonVU helped the teachers to self-coach, giving them the ability to be reflect on themselves, their impact on students, and revitalise their professional development.
In a significant shift from the norm of timed set recordings, LessonVU continuously records video and audio, enabling live and retrospective viewing. Teachers are able to revisit the time slots of interest and then make them available to a remote coach.
LessonVU is saving teachers’ time, and removes the need to miss classes/hire-in cover to perform observations. Observations can be reviewed and scheduled out of the class day, reducing class cover expenses.
But crucially, using the methodology in real life, the children and teachers behave naturally, guaranteeing unbiased outcomes.
Until recently, Hereford Academy was in special measures. With a new principal’s fresh approach, combined with 18 months of hard work of the staff, the school is now out of the woods.