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The Perfect Ofsted English Lesson [Hardcover]

David Didau , Jackie Beere
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29 Jun 2012 1781350523 978-1781350522
`The Perfect Ofsted English Lesson` is designed to help bring out the best in all English departments during that all-important Ofsted visit. Packed full of ideas, strategies and simple yet effective innovations, this book is an essential part of the toolkit of every English department and not just for the inspection either!

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing (29 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781350523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781350522
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using his own love of teaching as fuel, Didau aims to reignite the enthusiasm of English teachers everywhere; his belief that every English lesson can be outstanding is inspiring. This book is an encouraging reminder that, with hard work, effort and an understanding of the fundamental pedagogies of our classrooms, we too can achieve perfection in our lessons. He provides English teachers with a wealth of ideas, techniques, hints and tips which have all been tried and tested in his own classroom. Being a current Head of English, he is well aware of the pressures which everyday teachers face. In short, this book is not merely wishful thinking but a realistic interpretation of what needs to be done to achieve perfection. Following the typical format of a lesson, the chapters are user friendly and brimming with adaptable ideas. The text is easily accessible and can be either followed directly or used to harvest ideas for upcoming lesson observations. As well as interesting tips for classroom tasks, Didau also offers a range of strategies to encourage deep thinking as well as demonstrating how excellent assessment for learning can lead to perfect English lessons every time. --Lisa-Jane Ashes (AST) Author and Creator of Reflections of a Learning Geek

In an age when there`s a tendency to clutch after ready-made gimmicks for every lesson, there`s something hugely invigorating about David Didau`s book. He reminds us that great English lessons are about relationships as well as content, but that they need to demonstrate our students' progress. He provides a range of ideas and approaches which can be customised to our own personalities and style to help us to teach lessons that aren`t just outstanding against some Ofsted tick list, but genuinely outstanding. Recommended. --Geoff Barton, Headteacher, King Edward VI School

I`d recommend this book heartily to every teacher (NOT just English teachers) and encourage them to try out the tips within. They work … I know … I`ve tried many myself to great effect! --David Doherty, Assistant Principal & Teacher of English, Cowes Enterprise College

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David Didau has been teaching since 2000, has lead a successful English faculty and has just taken up a new post as Director of English and Literacy. He blogs about learning at and writes irregularly for the Guardian Teacher Network.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and easy read 6 July 2012
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This is an excellently written book which, although aimed at secondary English teachers, also offers a wealth of great ideas for all teachers at any stage. Much of it is common sense but it's always good to be reminded about techniques you already know of. There are also lots of new ways of presenting information; I particularly liked the section on different ways to present Learning Objectives - I will definitely be trying some of them out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING you need to know... buy it now! 8 July 2012
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I was so excited about this book I purchased it twice - Kindle version and hard copy! I am also about to send a whole English department email extolling the virtues of this piece of gold dust.

I started reading David's Learning Spy posts this academic year and I was always furiously 'retweeting', 'favouriting' and printing the best bits, and quite frankly, it took me hours! I always thought how useful it would be to have in a book and little did I know, David (with Jackie Beere) was doing just that!

I read this book in the space of a couple of hours, highlighting and bookmarking most of it on my Kindle. Simple pleasures were reading about the usefulness of mini whiteboards (something I've been saying for years!) and underlining key pedagogical tools that have been emphasised by Dylan Wiliam and Hattie. Even though there is an English slant, I agree with other reviewers - this is useful for a number of subjects, particularly those that share skills, e.g. History.

On a personal level, this book has started to bring me back to life. I have felt stale in my teaching and the advent of becoming a Twitter user and being exposed to such wonderful, inspiring people has started to reinvigorate my teaching 'mojo'. Reading this book has got me excited about teaching English again and I am longing for my colleagues to read it, so we can all start making the most of our teaching and learning time.

I cannot rate this book highly enough. Do not be put off by the 'O' word in the title. It helps structure the book and keeps us in check with the bigger picture, but ultimately this is about flaming the fire of learning in our students' bellies...and it does just that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge this one by its cover... 20 July 2012
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Confusion reigns in many ways. At a recent conference ) I was interested that strait after the nice man from OFSTED had stressed the issues around too much detail in planning and the dangers of over hectic lessons, one of the "star turns" from an outstanding school advocated staggeringly complex planning as one of the key strands of her school's success.
It is obvious that one size does not fit all.
David Didau's little book seems to go someway to squaring this circle. In 127 pages he examines teaching in the light of current OFSTED requirements and presents not only an absorbing read, it also some very sound advice. You will find something in here to enthuse you, even if you are a tired cynic, reading it on the first day of the summer holidays!
I do not know David, but have tweeted with him over the last few months where he has the name@learningspy. He is a regular contributor to #ukedchat, a forum which I follow on Thursday evenings. I say this in case you machine I am merely puffing a friend- I am not.

The book itself opens with a brief overview of the 2012 OFSTED report Moving English Forward and focuses quite rightly on the lesson myths outlined within. I wrote on these a little while ago on this blog and here Didau spends some time clarifying these myths, which should be prescribed reading for all trainee teachers and NQTs, as well as members of management teams since this seems an area of confusion. Many will recognise the pressure of good practice demanded from within schools which does not correlate either with our own professional judgement or,mapparently, these OFSTED inspectors. It is good to see a pedagogical text making these myths so clear.

That said, Didau must be a TimeLord.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 12 Aug 2012
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I found this little book every easy reading full of practical ideas that help reinvigorate your practise. It is a reminder that there are lots of options you can use within the teaching repetoire that doesn't involve the teacher always standing at the front. I like the fact all these are ideas are about engaging and involving the students.

Fantastic little introduction to SOLO Taxonomy which is a brilliant initiative to be tried out if you haven't already done so.

Short easy read that is full of ideas for the classroom.

A must read for every English teacher and any one that recognises the importance of independence and literacy to be instilled in the students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for each classroom 23 July 2012
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We've recently been through an English Dept inspection and I can't help thinking how much easier the process would have been if we'd had this little book. It's focused, precise and really gives workable suggestions on what *they* are looking for.

Don't think it's only helpful for the English classroom - many of my colleagues in other departments have bought this and found it helpful in their subject areas, because the principles he advocates are so easily transferable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English teacher? Then get this book! 6 July 2012
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I downloaded David Didau's book onto my Kindle and have spent a day highlighting the things that struck a chord with me and which gave me ideas for my own teaching practices. This meant most of the book was yellow and is stored on! This is a small but well thought out book which takes you from the start, through the lesson to the end and the result should be a great lesson which has been planned, delivered and feedback gained for both student and teacher. There are a few new things in this book, mostly to do with SOLO which has given me a long list of other reading to do during the Scottish summer holidays.

I've ordered the hardback version too as I intend to present copies to my colleagues in the department on our return in August. At less than 2.50 a shot it is well worth it. Now all I have to do is save up my budget for photocopying and spend it on bringing David to my school to deliver an In Service Day....

Get this book and read it several times - it will make you think, make you reflect and sometimes make you smile as you realise that David 'gets it' and you can too if you make copious notes!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Much to think about
The title may be a bit regrettable now seeing as Ofsted's ideas have changed since publication (and claim they no longer have a preferred teaching style) but in my opinion good... Read more
Published 6 months ago by phoenix34
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Some really good ideas in here that are implementable. As an English PGCE student, I would definitely recommend to any new teachers, and experienced teachers may find one or two... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
Good overview for trainee teachers or NQTs. A magpie approach to established practice, but nothing original. Ofsted criteria has changed significantly since publication, so beware!
Published 7 months ago by bestof intentions
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
There are some bits of information that will help me keep my grade 1. Some of the info I already knoew and some doesn't apply as I teach FE but an interesting read.
Published 9 months ago by T C Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars The most useful teaching book I've ever read
This book was the most helpful book on Teaching and Learning that I've ever read and I've read a few. Highly recommended.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good ideas
I am a school leader, not English teacher, but I found some excellent basic suggestions, that can be used in any subject area, and as foci in developing teaching skills
Published 10 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars A little wordy, but effective
There are some cracking tips in here and it doesn't read like instructions, it has a lovely "down-to-earth" tone to it. Takes a little while to get through though!
Published 12 months ago by Lit Chick
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good for secondary school teachers
Some good ideas and pointers, but not very useful for FE sector and A Level lessons/ teachers. Worth a look.
Published 16 months ago by Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet!
An excellent synthesis of great practical advice and current thinking, with some good old-fashioned common sense. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pensioner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
We are waiting for OFSTED so I thought I'd buy this book and give it a try. It is full of really useful ideas and I am slowly adding them to my lessons. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nikki Page
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