Post-Observation Strategy

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Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job,...
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How can you get the most out of observations?

Solution-focused questioning

After your next observation, work in a group of no more than 4 people to really get the most out of the process.

  • Share with the group the strengths and development areas identified in the observation.
  • Pick one of your development areas and explain how you currently do it to the rest of the group, for example, how do you currently manage Key Stage 4 homework?
  • The rest of the group asks clarifying questions, for example ‘How do you follow up on missed homework?’ – answer them in detail.
  • The group then asks more probing questions to push you to think about how you can improve, for example ‘How do you ensure homework is completed independently?’
  • Once meaningful questions are exhausted, sum up what you have learnt/realised.

Why is it a good strategy?

  • Collaboration after an observation is key. It helps to get the most out of the process and to ensure teachers are supported in reflecting on their practice.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of peer-support and coaching to your wellbeing.


As a member of the group asking questions and listening to the member who has been observed, ask brief, thoughtful questions and try to avoid giving advice.

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