Event Summary


Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road

Date and Time

Wednesday 11 May 2022 (12:15 - 15:45)


£60.00 (£75.00 non-members)

We know that peer observations have the potential to transform teaching, learning and assessment; however, how do we ensure that teachers have the confidence and skills to conduct powerful professional conversations which have positive impacts on their practice?

Dr Jonathan Hills (Learning, Teaching and Assessment Manager, Blackpool and the Fylde College) has been developing a variety of practical interactive techniques to support teachers to make peer observation effective. While the work is on-going, this session will allow colleagues to experience some of these techniques for themselves so that they can perhaps use them in their own situation and develop them further. Jon will guide participants through a four-stage process which models the approach:

  • The Concept - How can we persuade colleagues that peer observation can help them and their colleagues?
  • The Mechanics - How can we ensure that actual peer observations result in valuable information that can be discussed by colleagues?
  • The Analysis - How can the information be used to identify the key actions required to secure the greatest improvement?
  • The Next Step - How can a cycle of Peer Observations become a fundamental element of a cycle of continual improvement?

Dr Hills draws upon his experience of teaching in schools, further education colleges and at undergraduate level. Responsible for many CPD activities, he has specialised in the development of active learning techniques whereby colleagues leave every session with new skills. Jon is also the author of several books including: Collaborating to Raise Standards: A Brief Practical Guide to Peer Observations and Unfounded Optimism; and A Brief Guide to Grade Inflation in Educational Performance Management and Quality Assurance Systems. A further volume, Word Pictures: A Practical Guide to using written descriptions of lessons in professional development, will be published in 2022.

We know that networking works best face-to-face. Facilitated by Dr Alison Scott (Lead Professional Development Lead, Skills and Education Group) and Will Sibley (Training and Development Manager, Skills and Education Group) we hope that you will be able to attend the meeting in person, current social distancing rules permitting.  So, do come and join us prior to the event for a networking lunch from 12:15, with the official meeting starting from 13:00.  An option to join the event remotely will also be available.

  • How to find us

    Robins Wood House Training Centre is located in Aspley, about 2.5 miles to the north west of Nottingham city centre. It is easily accessible from the M1 (Junctions 25 & 26) and there are public transport links from the city centre. The nearest train station is Nottingham. Car parking at Robins Wood House is free.

    Please click here to find us on Google Maps.  Our postcode is NG8 3NH.

    If you are planning to attend remotely, Zoom joining instructions will be forwarded to you a day prior to the event taking place. If you have any questions or do not receive joining instructions, please call us on 0115 854 1626.

  • Terms and conditions

    Completion of the booking constitutes a contract between yourselves and the Skills and Education Group. In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event taking place. Non-attendance will result in the place being charged at full cost. Substitutions are welcome and can be made at any time. The Skills and Education Group reserves the right to cancel or alter the event for reasons beyond its control.