90 Lessons: What we do well at HGS.


Staff presentation on the 90 lessons review Staff presentation on the 90 lessons review

This post is based on a document I produced and circulated to the staff at Highbury Grove called 90 Lessons: A review of teaching and learning.  It is an account of my observations of 90 teachers at my school between October 2014 and March 2015.  Each observation was one full 50-minute lesson, followed soon after by an informal feedback discussion, working through the staff department by department.

At our best, these are the features of excellent lessons at Highbury Grove.(Comments on areas for improvement are in italics)

Behaviour and Relationships.

Over and above the BfL system, there is a strongly positive rapport between teacher and students; teachers model kindness, conspicuous warmth and promote a sense of being ‘in it together’. Teachers give lots of encouragement alongside the discipline and justice is seen to be done.

Within a culture of positive regard for students, teachers use the…

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