Free lesson recording in order to present evidence of teacher observations to Ofsted
According to the Department for Education, the key factor in improving the quality of teaching is teacher observation, both through observation of one’s own teaching and also the observation of one’s colleagues.
As the DfE put it, “Teachers learn best from other professionals.”
Or, put another way, no matter what the school is like at the moment it can always be made better through teacher observation.
Of course, this approach is favoured by inspectors because it makes their life easy by giving them something to measure. They can look and see if teacher observation is going on, and if it is they tick the box. If it is going on a lot, then they can tick a lot of boxes, and everyone is happy.
The idea behind such systems is simple. Once the lesson has been recorded it can then be reviewed and discussed with the teacher involved, so that really effective lessons can be shared with colleagues. In this way the question, “why did this lesson work so well?” can be asked and teased out from the evidence.
The Classwatch system produces a video system whereby colleagues can observe a lesson remotely and which gives all teachers an opportunity for self-evaluation. The lesson can then be reviewed and discussed with the teacher so that great lessons can be shared with other teachers.
The system is self-contained and is operated locally by the teacher. Systems comprise two cameras (allowing excellent room coverage), a Classbox recorder and high definition audio. All images and audio are recorded to the Classbox and access is strictly password protected.
So, what is this about the free lesson recording, mentioned in the headline?
We are currently offering the next 50 schools who contact us a free lesson recording so you can see how Classwatch can work for your school.