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Ofsted research into lesson obsevation.

Ofsted research into lesson obsevation.

Foreword from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

At the end of last year, I was delighted to host Ofsted’s first international research seminar, the focus of which was lesson observation. Observation is an important part of an inspector’s toolkit, particularly for making judgements on the quality of teaching. As part of our strategy, we are committed to constantly improving the validity of inspection so that our judgements of schools are the best reflection of the quality of education they can be. Scrutinising the reliability and validity of inspection methods is an important part of improving validity overall. The seminar was set up with this purpose in mind.

We invited 14 experts from around the world to share their knowledge on lesson observation. Over the course of the two days at the seminar, there were many enlightening and sometimes challenging discussions. In no area was there more debate than on the key question of: ‘what changes should Ofsted consider in developing lesson observation for its 2019 inspection framework?’

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