Agendas and Evaluation

An Agenda is an essential training tool in the Exeter Model of ITE. It is used for self-evaluation of a specific aspect of professional classroom practice and it is intended to help the trainee to become an independent critic of their own teaching, rather than being dependent on others for feedback. They are first and foremost designed as individual training tools to support development and progress.
The trainee is required to prepare, carry out and evaluate two Agendas each week until they reach the ‘Developing Independence’ stage of their teaching. Details about Agendas in this stage follow below.

It is important to note that an Agenda is not the same as a lesson plan. The Agenda focuses on the trainee’s professional development in relation a specific focus, which in turn will be related to one of the Standards for QTS.

It develops understanding of specific skills involved in teaching. In preparing an Agenda, trainees should consider how they will teach, rather than what they will teach or what activities pupils will undertake in the lesson (this is planned for in the episode or lesson plan). It may help to think of an Agenda as a magnifying glass that can be used to examine one aspect of classroom practice in detail.

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