#APConnect: Using Developmental Observations – Advanced Practice (Code: C0863)

In this module, APs will be exposed to:  

  • Current thinking & research in the field of developmental approaches to observation  
  • Evidence-based approaches to using observation to improve and develop teaching & learning
  • Applied skills in developing AP practice related to reflection and coaching
  • A collaborative forum in which to share & exchange ideas for best practice in this area with colleagues from across the FE sector

Pricing options

SET member: £85

Non-SET member: £100 (for individuals working in the further education and training sector and who are employed by an ESFA-funded organisation).

Unsubsidised fee: £150 (not employed by an ESFA-funded organisation)


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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

Who is this for?

Experienced practitioners operating in AP-type roles.

They may be known by a range of titles such as:

  • Teaching and Learning Coaches
  • Advanced Practitioners
  • Learning Practitioners
  • Teaching Improvement Practitioners

Training aim

The training aim of the module is to develop and extend the knowledge and skills of APs so that they can enhance the developmental impact of observations in their workplace context.

The module blends pre-module activity, content delivery & a subsequent webinar to ensure that participants can link prior learning and practice to new perspectives and then apply new learning in their workplace context.

The three-part format allows for extended networking and exchange of experiences and practices across the group of participants, with the final webinar providing an opportunity for sharing practice and evaluation of the learning on this module & from the small workplace project.


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Identify core characteristics of research-based developmental approaches to lesson observation
  • Create, implement and evaluate a developmental approach to observation in your workplace  
  • Identify and practise core coaching and reflection skills to support developmental observation
  • Develop an awareness of several cutting edge models of developmental lesson observation and reflect on their applications in your context



This is a blended module which will be delivered by Joanne Miles and Prof. Matt O'Leary. It consists of the following elements. 

  • Pre-module activity
  • Live content via Zoom (full day)
  • Post session tasks (including small-scale project)
  • Live follow up webinar 

Please make sure you can commit to all offline and live elements before you book. A further breakdown of indicative content can be accessed here

Entry Requirements

You will have experience of carrying out at least some of these activities in your Advanced Practitioner-type role:

  • 1:1 coaching of individuals
  • Facilitation of development/CPD sessions with groups or teams
  • Carrying out informal developmental observations and related professional dialogues
  • Reflecting on teaching and learning practice with teachers and identifying actions
  • Following up development plans emerging from lesson observations with individual teachers to support improvement activities
  • Collaboration with managers to develop teaching & learning in the curriculum context

Some of your working week will be spent supporting or developing teachers. This may involve a small number of hours or a large fraction of your timetable, depending on your work context. 

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830
E: bookingsupport@etfoundation.co.uk