SISRA Observe is used across the college as a constant monitoring tool for all teachers and leaders to assess teaching.
Using the reporting tools we can break down lesson observations into individual departments and year groups, which enables us to focus on improvement areas. The information we retrieve over the year is then directly linked to the CPD/INSET sessions led by the teaching and learning team. Data collected from SISRA Observe is used to analyse trends over time helping us continually monitor what is going on in the classrooms. We use number scales to grade lessons 1-4 which are loosely tied to Ofsted grades. This allows us to really focus on specific parts or content of lessons which ultimately enables us to constantly improve the practise at the college. Another vital part of SISRA Observe is the ability to monitor who has completed observations and the grades that have subsequently been given, to easily quality control the observations that are taking part.
Finally, a really useful aspect is the ability for the observer to give actions to the teacher to respond to. This facility can really improve practise and ensure when an issue has been noted that ‘something’ is actually done about it.
Andrew Gray, Assistant Head Teacher, Horndean Technology College