The University is committed to teaching excellence and has trained and experienced learning and teaching specialists who carry out graded teaching observations. The process involves:
- the observer and teacher having a pre-observation meeting and initial discussion
- the observation itself
- the observer and teacher having a post observation meeting
- recording the observation result.
There are nine aspects in the criteria:
- planning and differentiation supports best outcomes for all learners with opportunities to stretch and challenge
- promotion and management of positive learner behaviour, motivating and inspiring students to learn
- demonstration of a depth of subject knowledge to support learners in acquiring understanding and skills
- use of creative and innovative teaching and learning strategies (including integrating the development of other skills)
- utilisation of available resources, including using technology in supporting learning
- use of a variety of assessment strategies to monitor progress, provide feedback and check impact on learning
- promotion of equality and diversity, creating a positive, inclusive learning environment
- use of reflective practice and research to develop evidence-based practice
- demonstration of professionalism in practice.
Staff are supported to enhance their teaching.