Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by What2Learn


Plan and teach well structured lessons

QTS Part One (Teaching), Strand Four: Plan and teach well structured lessons.

Amplification of scope:

  • Impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time.
  • Promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity.
  • Set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired.
  • Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching.
  • Contribute to the design and provision of an engaging curriculum within the relevant subject area(s).

What will your mentors be looking for?

  • Sequences of lessons planned in line with the National Curriculum programme of study (or exam board specifications where appropriate).
  • Use of prior attainment data to plan for progression.
  • The age and ability of the students is taken into account when planning challenging yet achievable learning activities.
  • Some planning of schemes of work (or sections of schemes of work) will have happened, initially with the support of experienced colleagues.
  • Planning is sufficiently detailed to allow for personalised learning opportunities for individuals in classes.
  • Homework planned that takes account of learners’ attainment, needs and interests and can be completed independently.
  • Completed homework assessed and recorded.
  • Learners given quality feedback on their homework including strengths and targets for improvement.
  • Homework planned encourages learners to make use of school and/or community resources.
  • Evidence of reflection upon lessons delivered. Ideally there should be evidence of these reflections in subsequent planning.

What evidence could you include?

  • Plan a sequence of lessons with mentor which support the overall aim of the module and are in line with the National Curriculum programme of study or exam board specifications.
  • Reference to prior attainment data within lesson plans or lesson evaluations to explain teaching approaches used.
  • Lesson observations that state that the level of challenge in a lesson were appropriate to the age and ability of the learners in the class.
  • Plan a sequence of lessons for a scheme of work, initially in collaboration with an experienced colleague.
  • Create personalised learning opportunities through the use of individual worksheets or organising the class into small groups each with different tasks.
  • Discuss homework policy and timetable with mentor.
  • Set homework for different classes in a variety of ways where appropriate in line with the school’s policy. e.g. finishing work begun in class, researching for a project, completing a worksheet, designing a questionnaire, etc.
  • Assess homework and feedback to learners setting appropriate targets and constructive comments.
  • Use a homework diary/log to encourage pupils to manage their own learning.
  • Homework linked to class work.
  • Results of homework recorded in teacher planner.
  • A reflective log kept of lessons delivered, or add a section to your lesson plans that allows you to add a reflective comment on how the lesson went.


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