Using videos recorded and securely shared using Lessonvu Sean was able to watch Nathan teach and together they regularly examined 15 minute “boundary clips” of parts of lessons of interest and which Nathan wanted to explore. There was no need to arrange a time for Sean to visit the school, no ‘Hawthorne effect’ (where the presence of an observer changes the dynamics of a lesson) and perhaps crucially, the coaching wasn’t part of any formal appraisal process and absolutely focussed on improving Nathan’s teaching capacity.
We carried out action based research to explore this further. Sean was linked up with two teachers in a leading school in India and over a number of months remotely coached them using shared video from the UK – and you can see the positive outcomes in our case study here.
The Introduction of the Early Years Career Framework over the next two years here in England places a premium on high quality mentoring for new teachers. The COVID pandemic has brought the issue of remote working and the power of video to the foreground alongside the vital importance of education. What if these changes could be linked together to give every new teacher an experienced mentor and make an amazing change to how teachers develop – and in doing so cut those awful attrition numbers?
You can read more about our work with Hereford Academy (where Nathan Price works) and the Doon School in India on ONVU Learning’s ‘School Case Study’ page and hear from them in ONVU Learning’s forthcoming webinar on ‘The Future of Lesson Observation’ which we’re holding in November - email me for details!.