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Lesson Study: Five steps to success in the primary setting

Lesson Study, a collaborative, pupil-focused approach to CPD, is gaining popularity in the UK. Maria Cunningham discusses how to implement Lesson Study effectively in a primary school setting

When thinking about how to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, it is often useful to look internationally at what the most successful countries are doing. What can we learn from alternative education systems around the world? And how can we successfully adapt this to a UK context?

Japan, for example, has been described as “a laboratory for the idea of continuous improvement of teaching practice” , and its national model of teacher enquiry, Lesson Study, is at the absolute crux of this.

In recent years, Lesson Study has been gaining popularity throughout the UK as a type of CPD and school improvement more broadly. However, adapting the model for UK schools is not without its difficulties in an education system still trying to shake off traditional top-down cultures of CPD, where lesson observations are often synonymous with grading, teacher accountability and appraisal systems.

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