Rickleton Primary School, a large two-form entry school in Washington, Tyne and Wear, uses VUWBO. Colin explains how VUWBO is helping to up-skill his leadership team and ensure consistency when evaluating teaching.
“We have 35 frontline teaching and non-teaching staff. We place high importance on continuous development of teaching skill and all staff are part of the appraisal process. Already a good school in Ofsted terms, our aim is to ensure all pupils make higher than expected rates of progress through increasing the quantity of outstanding teaching.”
“We use VUWBO for all of our lesson observations. This includes informal drop-in, development observations, NQT mentoring and more formal appraisal observations. We also use it to record and evaluate teaching episodes during recruitment. With a relatively large staff and devolved leadership we needed a way to manage and evaluate teaching quality in a way that was usable and efficient, accessible and useful to staff and created the critical level of consistency of approach required.”
“We have found VUWBO is the answer to all of our requirements. Recording is immediate in the observation and a deeper level of evaluation is promoted through the use of the links to the Ofsted framework and suggestions for observer activities. It has helped us achieve consistency of approach with those staff new or unused to observing teaching. Staff really like the easy to read visual feedback and the immediacy of an emailed version shortly after the observation is excellent. It is a flexible system that can be tailored by the user according to need, turning on and off features such as turning off the judgement sliders for coaching observation feedback. Our self-evaluation of the quality of teaching has improved with the ability to interrogate the on-line data base.”