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Self observation and peer coaching — Northern College

Principal focus of the project

The project focused on a group coaching initiative, introducing peer coaching around pedagogy, and using cross-team and cross-organisation groups in order to broaden knowledge and experience and support peer learning.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The study found that although an experimental and exploratory methodology was employed in peer observations and coaching, this led to an increase in peer observation participation of 18%, and learner confidence of 15% (to 97.7%). Participants felt more in control of the process, and two of the participating organisations announced plans to include the process as part of their standard working practice.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Northern College for Residential Adult Education

Name of associate programmes



A case study that looked into developing practice in teaching, learning, and assessment by focusing on novel approaches to lesson observations and resulting actions.

Resource Type: Case study