Why do Ofsted inspectors observe individual lessons and how do they evaluate teaching in schools?

21 Feb 2014 Ofsted

Ref: 140050

This guidance is currently being reviewed and is unavailable. It will be re-published shortly.

There are many misconceptions about why, and how, inspectors observe and gather evidence about teaching, and how that contributes to the overall judgement on the quality of teaching in a school.

In this document Ofsted's national director for schools Michael Cladingbowl provides further clarity on Ofsted's approach to lesson observation and evaluation of teaching in schools.

Further information can be found in the Framework for school inspection and School inspection handbook, which remain the authoritative sources of guidance on Ofsted school inspections. This document complements and does not replace those resources.

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