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Mike Newbolt

TQ Training

“Absolutely. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone doing OTL’s regardless of their experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed the training last week. It was both challenging and stretching. Before the start of the course I considered myself to be a good observer, but from doing the course I have identified several actions and behaviours that I need to change to ensure observers benefit from the experience.”

Clive Cheetham

League Football Education

“I really enjoyed the observation of teaching and training course and I was surprised at how the week flew by! The depth of subject content, varied activities, lots of exercises and the many interesting discussion points meant there was never a dull moment!

As a reasonably experienced observer having previously attended several 1-day observation courses, I can say how beneficial it felt to spend a full week on this sensitive and complex area of work.

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Sean is extremely experienced and knowledgeable on this subject, and I now feel I have a better grasp of what to look for, how to identify good and better learning, how to improve the quality of my performance notes and judgement statements, and the techniques to improve my feedback skills.I would definitely recommend this course to experienced staff who want an in-depth refresher and new staff who want to develop a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to observe effectively and with credibility.”

About the OTL Qualification

The first nationally recognised Observation of Teaching, Training and Learning (OTL) Qualification in the UK. This is a rigorous level 4 endorsed qualification backed by a government licensed awarding body.

The qualification can achieved in one of three ways:

  • ‘blended learning’ option (e-learning modules and Virtual Classroom sessions) – the most flexible way to do the qualification
  • In-House 5 day (traditional learning model) course
  • Open Course (12 Virtual Classroom sessions) – this is a bespoke route available on request.

For details of each type of course see the menu on the right.


Achievement of the qualification and completion of the training linked to it will:

    • improve observer confidence and skills resulting in more accurate observations which provide management with a clear picture of the quality of learning delivery
    • reduce the likelihood on inspection of Ofsted inspectors telling the organisation, that there is a lesser quality of learning delivery than managers in the organisation thought
    • increase staff CPD effectiveness because observation will result in better targeted CPD, which should:
    • improve the quality of the learning experience
    • maintain or improve learner retention
    • improve staff perception of the credibility of observers which will:
    • build staff confidence in, and engagement with, the observation process
    • lead to greater staff personal motivation to improve the quality of learning delivery
  • increase learner satisfaction with learning delivery
  • reduce the likelihood of losing valued staff as a result of poor observations, and incurring all the costs associated with that, including quite possibly reduced income associated with reduced learner retention, progress and achievement.

Achievement of this qualification will help organisations:

  • demonstrate to regulators the investment that has been made in observation staff
  • improve effectiveness and consistency of observation practice
  • improve teaching practitioner engagement with the observation process.

The endorsed observation qualification has been designed by people who have been delivering observation training for over 15 years, and who remain observation practitioners. The principles and practice taught have been implemented in a wide range of organisations. When these organisations have been inspected, observation practice has been judged to be good or outstanding.

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