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How to … benefit from observing colleagues and being observed

John Blanchard looks at how colleagues’ visiting one another’s lessons and observing other activities can inform insights and innovations. He shows that this applies as much to leaders, managers and mentors as it does to teachers. Peer observation is a direct way of promoting job morale and satisfaction, while informing agendas for whole-school development.
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Developing your approach to peer observations

Visits to observe you at work can be made by a range of people in a range of roles: e.g. fellow team members and other peer colleagues; mentors, team and senior leaders; and governors, researchers and consultants. In those cases you can agree with your visitors how they might assist your ongoing learning. Developmental or peer observation’s unique contribution is that it combines reflective practice, coaching and mentoring. It is steered by colleagues who choose what to focus on, and enables colleagues to be accountable to one another on their own terms.

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