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Gosforth Central Middle School, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Rethinking Lesson Observation

Gosforth Central Middle School (GCMS) was one of VEO’s first customers. A forward-thinking state-maintained middle school with a dedicated staff, and leadership team determined to develop classroom practice and improve learning outcomes for their pupils.

Using VEO, teachers are encouraged to reflect on and share their practice, often choosing to use this in place of formal lesson observations for performance management purposes too. VEO helps improve classroom practice rather than simply serve to indicate that teaching practice has been observed.

GCMS were also one of the first schools to realise the value of VEO in providing pupil feedback. In subjects such as PE, English, History and Drama, pupils have benefited from teachers’ quick access to key points in a video of their learning to really “see” what good learning, good performance, good dialogue and effective skills development actually looks like – boosting confidence and illustrating clear steps for development on the route to success.

Headteacher, Susannah Webb and colleagues reflect on the benefits that VEO has brought to the team at GCMS in the linked video.

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Emmanuel College, Gateshead

Leading in Teaching & Learning

Emmanuel College, Gateshead By Tony Hall

As one of the leading schools in the north east*, Emmanuel College is constantly looking to improve outcomes for its pupils and staff. As early adopters of the VEO system, the school has been gradually introducing the use of video to share good teaching and learning practice and support professional development. Using VEO’s bespoke iPad app and the online Web-Portal, members of staff have been encouraged to share examples of their teaching to highlight good practice across the school.

Rachel Scott, responsible for the roll-out across the college has ensured that staff feel supported and safe in using VEO, and says “VEO is having a real impact on the sharing of best practice”.

*DfE results placed Emmanuel College as the top north east comprehensive school and in the top 1% of schools nationally for the percentage of  students achieving a minimum of grade 4 in both English and Maths.

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Ashington High School, Northumberland

Formative Feedback in Practical Science Lessons

Using VEO for Practical Skills Assessment in Science

Colleagues and pupils at Ashington High School piloted the use of VEO for formative pupil assessment and feedback in the new Practical Skills Assessments in science as shown in this brief video clip. Pupils in this class, and others, are able to benefit from their teachers’ quick and easy access to examples of good and developing practice to illustrate clear expectations, highlight common mistakes, and improve pupil outcomes.


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