A framework for observing and improving teaching and learning, fully aligned to the Ofsted inspection process – By Heather Clements.
Why WIGT? At least 25 per cent of Ofsted’s judgement on your school will officially be about your quality of teaching and learning. In fact this is an underestimate. The inspectors’ view of teaching and learning in your school, and as importantly, what systems you have in place to monitor and improve it, will colour the whole Ofsted report.
The WIGT (What is Good Teaching?) Toolkit is more than just a lesson observation tool, it’s a system for monitoring and mentoring for improved teacher performance and can be used at classroom, department or whole school level. The WIGT has been developed over many years and used in schools and local authorities across the country.
This is precisely what WIGT is! A unique quality standard for teaching and learning that models what teaching will look like if it is outstanding, good or requires improvement.
The WIGT Toolkit has been developed and refined over almost 10 years to the version we have today.
Uniquely however, it manages to make the implicit qualities of excellent teaching and learning explicit (what outstanding teachers do, often without realising or being able to relate to others) and enables observers and the observed to recognise strengths and areas for development. the skills of these teachers can then be used to inform other teachers in the school.
It was the subject of Heather’s masters degree research and has been used extensively and tried and tested in three local authorities and has underpinned Heather’s training for Schools and School Leaders.
Go from good teaching to outstanding teaching with WIGT!
The WIGTs have encouraged ad enabled teachers to focus on crucial aspects of their practice, such as the quality of children’s work and the effective use for support staff. There is a definite ‘buzz’ around the school and the staff are refreshingly excited about being given new tools to develop and reflect upon their craft.
Headteacher – The Downley School