How to Become an Outstanding Teacher

Tips and Tricks to Gain That Grade 1 Lesson Observation.


An outstanding lesson isn’t what the teacher does it’s was the student learns.

Ofsted defines an outstanding lesson has containing these three components:

1) Are all pupils challenged?

2) Are all pupils making progress?

3) Are all pupils at least engaged and at best inspired?

Planning the Lesson

When planning a lesson you need to consider what the students are learning not what they are doing. Are they acquiring new knowledge? You need to help the students make links between previous learning and new learning. To gain that outstanding grade you need to show the progress of learning and how you track this.

This does not need to be a complicated process below is an example of a 5-minute lesson plan you can use.

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Starting a Lesson

Be in control from the very start of the lesson. Ensure you have set the class up before the students enter. Remember this is your environment they are entering. Make sure the environment you have provided is a good teaching environment. It is important to establish a routine in your lessons at the start of the year. Ensure the students appear comfortable with this routine.

Having an effective starter in every lesson is essential. The starter should be stimulating, quick and prepare the students mind for learning. These are quick tasks related to the subject. A surprising aspect is always a good starter.

The Lesson

Every lesson must have a good pace. Tasks should be differentiated to the individuals within your class. Every lesson should include some investigation and self-learning. The more teaching methods you use the more engaged your students will be. Using questions allows the tutor to assess learning. Encourage independent learning and allow students to research their own information.

Most importantly be enthusiastic about your topic.

Manage Behaviour Effectively

  1. Ignore bad behaviour and reward good
  2. Sit down if possible in a confrontation to seem less threatening
  3. Remember some students have a fear of success
  4. Be consistent in your approach
  5. Use a quiet voice
  6. Use your teaching assistants effectively in the classroom to minimise behaviour

Lesson Conclusion

It is important to check learning throughout the lesson but ensure you also check at the end. We use a simple three-question approach with our students.

  1. What do you know well at the end of the session?
  2. What do you want to learn more about, next session?
  3. What do you not understand?

These are in sticker form and fix into the student’s books at the end of every session. The insufficient learning areas can then inform your next lesson.

At this point, you should be annotating your scheme of work. Include what needs to be developed and studied further. Ofsted does not want to see a clean never touched Scheme of Work they want to see a battered and written working copy.


You should reflect at the end of your teaching session. Reflect on what went well and what you could change in the future.

My best advice is to do this with a nice cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.

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Teaching in the Future

Press one to pay a bill, press two to hear your balance and so on until you get to the last option, press nine if you actually want to speak to a human. Sound familiar? Call centres are almost all automated. Car production lines are automated, lots of packing and sorting agencies are automated. In this world of automated technology with computers taking more of our jobs, could teaching be the next automated profession?

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Yesterday I sat in a training session about behaviourism and stayed awake. Anyone who has been on a training day will know that there is a point within the course that you start planning the evening meal or mentally write your shopping list. Not so this time, the tutor was engaging, so engaging I cannot remember my mind wondering once. Having been a lecturer for the last ten years, I appreciate what a difficult task this is to keep your audience entertained for a whole day. No small wonder that a large number of comedians were once teachers, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders to name a few.

The classroom of today has evolved greatly since my early days of teaching.

As a secondary student, I remember lessons that included technology such as an overhead projector and a whiteboard. This is in great contrast to the classroom of today. The majority of classrooms have projectors and computers so that powerpoint presentations can be given. Smartboards are an everyday sight. Students can touch and interact with their learning as well as save a hard copy of any notes. The smart board will allow you to show videos and interact with several mediums of learning at once.

With the constant advancement in technology, where will the classroom of the future take us? The tablet generation could mean that each individual table will have a tablet mounted on it, where notes can be taken and presentations given. This would allow those with a learning difficulty to change font and background colour to a type that would aid their learning. Speech recognition could allow computers to then directly take notes from the lecturer as well as allowing essays to be written fast and simple without touching a keyboard, aiding students with dyslexia to compete on the highest level.

The advancements in gaming controls such as Wii motion and Xbox Kinect could result in practical subjects such as mechanics and construction being taught only in the classroom, with the practical skills being assessed through computer simulation. In turn, this would be an easier assessment and would mean students who were absent for that day could easily pick up their assessment when they returned. Health and Safety executives everywhere will breathe a huge sigh of relief because a mistake here will result in a fail, not an injury. This is also a relatively cost-effective method to constantly practice techniques.

The biggest question with all this technology within the classroom is will all this eventually replace the teacher? The classroom of the future could include the following:

  • Computers that know when you log the register could be automatic.  Tablet technology which could teach you everything at your seat, ask you questions and mark your work as you proceed.
  • Subjects that can be assessed through simulation using motion technology.

Could teaching be the next profession that is made obsolete due to technology? In universities, this may become a likelihood. In compulsory education, this is unlikely as someone needs to be present to make the youngsters sit down, engage and stay in the class. Teachers may have to qualify in behaviour techniques and ICT before they qualify in teaching strategies. It is a possibility that the classroom of the future could contain teaching assistants and behaviour specialist and no teacher.

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Parenting Types

There are 4 Main Parenting Types which are you?

1. Authoritative Parenting

This is regarded as the most effective and beneficial parent type for children. These parents have high expectations for their children mixed with understanding and support. There is a structure within the family, set bedtimes, meal times and routine. There are clear consequences to bad behaviour. These, however, are still from a nurturing perspective. Good communication between parent and the child exists. The child in this family understands the exceptions and is supported to succeed at them.

2. Neglectful Parenting

This parenting type can come about as a result of poor child behaviour. The parent may have a lack of confidence and does not care for the needs of the child. Neglectful parents will spend time away from their child. They rarely mix with family, friends and professionals involved with the child. This type of parenting can be changed through support and education. Long-term exposure to a neglectful parent will result in damage to the child.

3. Permissive Parenting

These parents are described as indulgent parents. The child is granted whatever they want to avoid confrontation. These parents are nurturing and loving but the family contains few rules. The children from these parents are unruly. As the child matures this could cause damage in school. The child will have poor social skills, be self-centred and clash with authority.

4. Authoritarian Parenting

In this family, the parent is very strict and rules are rigid and inflexible. The parents will demand respect from their children. They will be unresponsive to the child. There will be little open dialogue in the family. The rules are explained and stuck to. Punishment is severe when the rules are broken.


Parents who are authoritative will have days when nothing works.

Effective parenting is the hardest job you will ever do.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents – Jane D. Hull

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