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Preparing for your lesson

Posted on 27.03.2018
Preparing for your lesson

How to prepare effectively for your lesson observation & interview.

Understand the School

It’s extremely important to consider the ethos of the School you are about to interview with when you are preparing for your lesson observation and interview. Would the School rather see a structured lesson or something more creative?

Know the class data

Make sure you are fully prepped on the age group, class size and the ability ranges of the class you will be teaching. It will help you present a more relevant and successful lesson.


Having a full understanding of where the class is in the curriculum will dictate the lesson that you plan. Delivering a lesson with new concepts will challenge pulils and help them engage.

Play on your strengths

Lesson observations will often give you the freedom to decide the kind of lesson you wish to deliver. If so, use a lesson that you can confidently present and that you have previously recieved excellent feedback for.

A clear and detailed lesson plan

Construct, plan and bring a well presented lesson plan which clearly outlines your lesson objectives, success criteria and different content for the varied levels of ability students. The Interviewer will always ask to see to your lesson plan when they observe your lesson.

SEN/EAL Support

Learning about SEN/EAL levels and the availability of a TA within your class will help with constructing different tasks.

Practice, practice, practice

Run through your lesson plan that you have prepared with colleagues and mentors and ask for feedback. Even deliver it to yourself in front of a mirror if it helps you memorise it.

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