- The teacher demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the subjects they teach.
- The teacher’s use of questioning is highly effective and demonstrates understanding of the ways pupils think about subject content.
- Pupils’ common misconceptions are identified and the teacher acts to ensure they are corrected.
Planning and management of time and behaviour
- The teacher plans lessons very effectively, making maximum use of lesson time and coordinating lesson resources well.
- Pupils’ behaviour is managed extremely effectively with clear rules that are consistently enforced.
- The teacher provides adequate time for pupils to practise skills and to embed knowledge securely.
- Subject content is introduced progressively and demands more of pupils.
- The teacher identifies and supports any pupil who is falling behind, and enables almost all to catch up.
Use of assessment
- The teacher checks pupils’ understanding systematically, offering clearly directed and timely support.
- Feedback is incisive, in line with the school’s assessment policy, and explains what pupils can do to improve their knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Pupils use feedback effectively and they are eager to know how to improve their learning.
- Pupils capitalise on opportunities to use feedback, written or verbal, to improve.