In 2021, we have launched a pilot scheme to give a small group of year 12 students an opportunity to work with teachers to help them reflect on their own practice. Student observers work in pairs to arrange a time with an individual teacher to observe a (chosen) lesson.
Students will then feedback with the teacher following the lesson and discuss ideas for future practice and development. Each pair will have a specific focus when observing the lesson which students are free to choose. These include:
- Pupil Engagement
- Teacher movement during a lesson
- Nature of questioning
- Nature of feedback
- Nature of participation of students
All students chosen to be student observers have to attend a training session with the Head of Sixth Form which focuses on how to observe a lesson and how to approach the subsequent feedback sessions with teachers.
From September 2021, this programme will be expanded with a view to role out to students in the lower school and incorporate a larger number of teachers. The group of Year 12 students involved in the pilot programme will also be involved in the training of the lower school students.