I’ve just been emailed the check list below and thought I’d share it following a conversation with a tutor here in sunny Nottingham.
Checklist for observing sessions where a learning support worker (LSW) is in place
- Does the LSW have a copy of the lesson plan?
- Has the LSW received copies of any resources to be used in advance of the lesson?
- Is the role of the LSW clearly identified on the lesson plan?
- Is the LSW punctual and is their attendance recorded at the bottom of the register?
- Does s/he have appropriate learning support records to record activities and progress?
- Is the LSW using language at an appropriate level for the student/s?
- Has the LSW prepared or modified any learning aids/resources to support the student/s to achieve their learning outcomes?
- Is any assistive technology requested, in place, appropriate and working?
- Does s/he have appropriate specialist knowledge?
- Is there effective interaction between the LSW and the tutor?
- Is the LSW well-used in the lesson or does s/he look under-used at any stage?
- Is the LSW responsive to the needs of the student/s without doing their work for them?
- Does the LSW divide his/her time well between students needing support?
- Are equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices modelled by the tutor and LSW?
- Does the LSW use appropriate strategies to sustain the student/s interest?
- Does the LSW involve the student in the identification and recording of their progress?
- Are students suitably challenged by the lesson? Does it hold their interest and attention?
- Do they feel able to question and comment when working with the LSW?
- Do they take an active part in the lesson or do they look isolated?
- When they contribute to the lesson are their responses appropriate?
- What learning progress does each student make as a result of the support they receive?
- What is the standard of work in their files/portfolios?
- How are they progressing towards achievement of learning outcomes?
- Is there evidence that LSWs have been able to support students to address actions for improvement following feedback?
- Are students making sufficient progress to achieve their learning goal/qualification or to reach their individual targets?
Please note that direct learning support does not include care or voluntary support. However, the tutor is responsible for the effective deployment and management of all support in lessons.