PMR preparation & planning for Success

It is getting to that time of the term when you are due your PMR review. This can be stressful and at times, quite an overwhelming process, especially when you want to show off your skill and show that your precious pupils are making the progress expected of them.

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so how do you plan a brilliant lesson and help the observer know your class?

The success is all in the planning and your observation pack!

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So what exactly is a PMR observation pack? and how will it help me? 

This is evidence of you, your class and how you help them take the necessary steps to succeed and make progress. That’s a big task- and sometimes a lot of what you do in the classroom can be overlooked, especially when you only have 60mins to highlight the 60 hours you have put in place that week! So therefore, we need to break it down and make it very clear- exactly what we have done and HOW it will impact your learners.

1st. Context sheet- the bible of your lesson plan. 

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2nd. Seating plan- annotated. 

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3rd. Lesson plan- 5 min plan- very clear breakdown of the direction of the lesson. 

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4th. Annotated/ labelled lesson ppt/ resources

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5th. Scaffold/ differentiated/ extension tasks and labelled with what students. 


6th. Questioning

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You need to question and check pupil progress and every given opportunity. Go between higher and lower order questioning. Check their understanding- reflect on their understanding- adapt if necessary. challenge them- stretch their capacity. Don’t give up on them.


Make sure you have made it explicitly clear which students will require scaffold  work and what their starting point is. This makes it very easy for the observer to understand what progress has been made and if it is sufficient. The clearer you make this for your observer the easier your observation will be.

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Lastly, Please do not try some new and technical strategy on the day of your observation- this is bound to be difficult and could be a disaster. Practise what you want to get better at in the lead up to your observation. Try new techniques and try them every day until they are a success- new strategies take time, effort and care to be successful. Remember Observers are looking for progress over time.





Preparing for PMR: Supporting Success


PMR can be a  stressful time for colleagues and it involves a lot of planning and preparation- especially when we want to achieve our targets and grow into the best teachers we can.

So for our recent CPD cycle, we decided to change up our training and design a pick and mix style session- where staff brought their Pre-Pmr observation booklets and evaluated their successes and where they wold like to improve.

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We then provided a range of support/ resources and guidance for staff on a number of areas, that we, as the teaching & Learning team, decided were crucial for staff development.

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Below we have broken it down into essential sections for a successful observation (whether you are NQT, training or a well-established teacher) there are resources that everyone can use and adapt and more importantly make your life just that little bit easier!


  • Input-Activity-Review Cycle
  • Starters and Plenaries



5 minute lesson plan





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Stretch and Challenge 

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Learning Objectives and Outcomes


Context sheets & Lesson Pan

  • what should go into a context sheet?
  • How much Information is too much?
  • Seating plans

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model context sheet

5 minute lesson plan

Assessment for Learning 

  • Mind maps for reviews and consolidation

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  • In lesson strategies

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  • Keyword Tennis as a fun consolidation activity

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  • Blue Stickers and Whole School marking Policy

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Behaviour For Learning 

Behaviour 4 Learning Strategies

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A successful observation is a combination of fantastic planning, enthusiasm and ensuring you do everything to ensure your pupils make adequate progress.

Top Tips:

  1. Ask colleagues to team teach/ look over your lesson plans in the lead up to your observation- subject specialists could give you great ideas.
  2. Don’t plan to use a new whizzy AFL strategy in your observation if you have never trialled it beforehand.
  3. Prepare using a simple 5min plan
  4. Be consistent and follow policy procedures to ensure a calm learning environment
  5. Question throughout your lesson- ensure you know where pupils are at in their learning cycle. Act upon it- adapt- if they are not sure.




Recruitment at Westfield Academy

One term in at our new build and we are looking for new teachers to join us for 2017-18.


We have an Open day for teachers on Wednesday 29th March from midday, so get in touch at if you would like to meet us and look around.

We have opportunities for colleagues of all experiences, including training for those wishing to join the profession. We believe our CPD programme, outlined in the Blog, will support colleagues to continue developing their skills, and deliver outstanding learning in the classroom.

We believe the following applies to schools as much as it does classrooms.

The best classrooms are those where nobody feels anonymous, unsupported or under-valued – and that includes the teachers and teacher assistants.


The Westfield Way


Every school is a unique environment, and that concoction is often what gets under our skin, and us up in the morning. In setting out our core procedures, we wanted to establish a set of expectations for the classroom, and specifically for the new build, based on what we know about our students and how they learn best.

We make no apology for this, some are very much old school, and they are what we believe in and have found to be conducive for successful learning. Our CPD goes hand-in-hand with these expectations so we ensure that staff are supported in driving them.

So without further ado…

The way in…

The Westfield Way

  1. Meet, Great and Learn

Teachers meet their classes, 1 foot in 1 foot out. Pupils stand behind their chairs, based on the class seating plan and take out equipment and Planners. A Hook should be visible and ready for pupils to complete.

The classroom is a safe, engaging and stimulating environment for all to learn.

  1. Learning Objectives

Objectives ensure pupils are given clear and precise guidance on what they will learn by the end of the lesson (the lesson direction). Outcomes must stage the skills they will learn (Blooms) and embed during the lesson, and must be linked to grades / levels. They should link with the I-A-R cycle and be referenced and reviewed throughout the lesson.

  1. Input Activity Review I-A-R

Teachers must plan lessons making maximum use of lesson time and coordinate resources using the IAR cycle. This allows for exposition, engagement and assessment / feedback throughout the lesson.

  1. Challenge for All

Teachers differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable pupils to learn effectively (scaffold up & down). The class context sheet must be used to illustrate an assertive understanding of all pupils in the class, so that consistent high expectations of learning and behaviour are embedded.

  1. Checking for Learning

Teachers must check the learning and progress of all pupils, through effective questioning and formative assessment strategies. This will enable teachers and pupils to be aware of the gaps in their understanding.

Teachers will use examples, models or exemplars to model quality and less than quality work.

  1. Regular Testing & Assessment

Teachers will provide summative assessments, as per the marking Policy: 1 blue Sticker and 1 regular test, per half term. Teachers will record this data on Go4Schools, and use this to provide descriptive feedback and guide students to set improvement goals.

  1. ICT

Teachers will promote and use ICT to design focused lessons, to meet students’ technological needs in the 21st century. Teachers must use their Promethean board to deliver engaging and purposeful lessons.

  1. Homework

Teachers will set Homework, as per the Homework guidelines: KS3 ½hour once a week and Ks4 1 hour once a week. Homework should extend the learning in the classroom and be engaging and purposeful, promoting a love for independent learning.

  1. Consolidation

Teachers must incorporate a plenary/consolidation phase into the end of the lesson, to ensure pupils are able to present their learning and what skills they have used and developed. This is essential for teachers to be able to reflect and address any obvious gaps in knowledge and plan for a successful sequence of learning over time.

  1. Smooth Dismissal

At the end of the lesson it is expected that pupils pack up silently, stand behind their chairs and wait to be dismissed. It is expected that teachers follow them out and ensure behaviour and conduct is appropriate in the corridors.

These expectations are the foundation for improving learning in the classroom.