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The Perfect (Ofsted) Lesson (Independent Thinking Series) [Hardcover]

Jackie Beere , Ian Gilbert
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13 Dec 2010 1845904605 978-1845904609
A new revised and updated version of this book ISBN 9781781350881 is due out on the 28th of September 2012.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (13 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845904605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845904609
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`The Perfect Ofsted Lesson` picks up all the key Ofsted related points as regards an outstanding lesson. Jackie emphasises right from the off the most important point - it's about the learning! All the other key points are then covered very systematically - the engagement of students, high expectations, higher order questioning, use of assessment to support learning and using resources such as LSAs and lots more. Running through the text is the constant reminder that this can't be pulled out of a hat - it s a process and teachers need to develop and train their students to work in this way. --Gulshan Kayembe, Education Consultant and experienced school inspector.

Wow. What a book! Normally I put educational reading at the bottom of my to-do list but this held my attention from the front through to the back. I loved the way it was set out in steps, with very useful strategies at each step. The strategies are varied and do work. It has quality educational research behind it but is written in a very accessible style. It is a must for every teacher. The title is such a winner and the content really does deliver what it says on the cover. --Glen Alexander, Deputy Head teacher, Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College

A concise practical approach to delivering the perfect Ofsted lesson the book builds upon the key characteristics of an outstanding lesson giving practical ideas of how it can be achieved and more importantly how this can be demonstrated in a short time to Ofsted inspectors. The format is clear and accessible and gives useful points for debate and discussion amongst teachers. This book is for all teachers whether new to teaching or an experienced practitioner it acts as an aide memoire for all to reflect on their practice. --Julie Summerfield, Headteacher of Horndean School

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Jackie Beere, Head teacher at Campion School, Northants until 2006, is now a consultant, trainer and School Improvement Partner. She spent three years as an Advanced Skills Teacher leading and implementing innovative Teaching and Learning initiatives including KS3 and 4 Learning to Learn and Thinking Skills programmes. She was awarded the OBE in November 2002 for services to education, having trained many teachers and school leaders in the latest theory and practice of learning to learn and emotional intelligence. She introduced Learning to Learn through Opening Minds, a competency-based curriculum at her school in 2006, after a two year pilot project proved very successful.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful guide and easy to read 28 Dec 2010
By George
As an Assistant Head in a large secondary school I would certainly recommend this book. It is a very easy read and covers all aspects of what constitutes an outstanding lesson is a very accessible way. As a stimulus for personal refection or as a guide to be used in whole school training this certainly has the capacity to stimulate thinking/debate and through the challenge that it offers I am certain that it has the capacity to lift perfoemance either at an individual or whole school level.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says! 24 Dec 2010
Great little read with a really practical approach to delivering an 'outstanding' lesson with a focus on progress. A must for every teacher, not just for Ofsted but for great learning in the classroom. You won't be disappointed - it's a must read book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent small guide 10 April 2011
By Rachel
Great book to remind you about the little things that Ofsted want to see in your lessons! Refreshed my teaching!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Book 19 May 2012
By dphc
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Very poor excuse for something that is supposed to deliver a perfect lesson. Badly written with page upon page lifted from the OFSTED website. Dont buy it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity at last! 17 Mar 2012
Finally a book, that clearly lays it out exactly what ofsted is hoping to see in a lesson. Each section not only explores and explains each step of the ofsted criteria, it also gives you practical examples of how you can re-produce these in your lessons.

I read this book the night I got it, and started to implement some of the ideas straight away! Reading the book, made me realise I had all the elements of outstanding in my lessons, I just wasn't presenting them in the manner that ofsted wanted. Using these ideas made a great difference. I'm being observed again in a few weeks and fingers crossed, I will see a difference in the feedback I get!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's room for maverick in here 4 April 2011
I disagree with the more vituperative reviews on here, and I feel they have somewhat misunderstood the point of the book. It clearly seeks to prepare a teacher for the OFSTED criteria. These, whatever you may think of them (and I think they are utter rot negotiated in committees of the bloodless), are what teachers are judged on, whether they like it or not (and I don't). Jackie's book is a guide through how to engage with the criteria and produce the lesson most likely to get a good grade. Its intent is not to make you an all encompassing genius in the form: it's about passing the inspection, so that they will leave you alone and let you get on with it. I found the book intellectually rigorous, to the point and have found that I have given away my copy three times to people who needed it. It is the quickest selling book in British educational history for a reason: does what it says on the tin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good with Outstanding elements 21 Jan 2012
Just been through the new Ofsted framework asessment january 2012.I followed most of the book and adapted some extras,with the end result of Good with outstanding features in my lesson.WOO HOO.It will not harm you to read this book and take on what they say especially progression and what to say to the pupils.Also get the book of lttle thunks my Ofsted loved them and even commented.Good luck
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CPD resource 27 Sep 2011
By Darren
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Whether you are class teacher, subject leader or senior manager, this is an excellent book to have on your shelf for reference. It is clear and informative and sets out to explain exactly what an 'Outstanding' lesson should look like. The challenge is then to put this into practice, which we know is a little more challenging. Shared the seven steps approach with NQTs/GTP with excellent feedback. I do hope that when the criteria changes next year, there is an update.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect teacher's book
This book is full of sensible advice that really can help lesson planning - for better learning rather than just tick Ofsted's boxes
Published 2 months ago by D M Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book helped me get an OUTSTANDING observation at Ofsted so basically it 'does exactly what is says on the tin'!! Detailed and plenty of practical help. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. MacDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars Good description of all that is wrong with teaching today
How to do things the Ofsted way in easy steps. If all you want to do is learn how to jump through the ofsted hoops like a trained dog, this is for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dr. Philip G. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
A great little book that brings together (in a simple understandable format) what ofsted are looking for. Read more
Published 11 months ago by miss l acason
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
I am reading this now and so far it is very informative. It will help develop her teaching and learning overall, not just get through your normal lessons
Published 13 months ago by Mr. P. A. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an NQT
I have found this book really helpful when training, it helped me improve my lesson performance. It is good not just for OFSTED but for all learning in the classroom.
Published 14 months ago by C. Flaherty
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful guide
I have been teaching for a number of years and I have found this book to be a really useful guide to teaching in this instantly changing climate. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Andrea Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
This book contains simple ideas to boost your lessons from good to outstanding. Hopefully some of the techniques will become habitual - as an NQT I'm still struggling with a few... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Ofsted Lesson
A fantastic little book, written in plain English with hints and tips to enable you to turn out that great lesson when it matters most (all the time! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Rayment
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and accessibly written
I am studying to become a teacher and was advised by a friend who has been a maths teacher for many years, to read this. Read more
Published 19 months ago by millyt
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