QR Codes Lesson – ‘Outstanding’, Or Not?

Recently that has been lots of discussion on Twitter about QR Codes. I had hoped to provide a summary of tweets and blog posts here to provide a context to my post, but the hyperlinks are beyond me at the moment. One step at a time!

On Wednesday 13th October, a week before the above discussions started, I taught a QR Code Lesson to the GCSE Whizz Kids mentioned in my previous post. This is a lesson that I wish to share with you whilst wearing my leadership hat because my lesson was observed by the Local Authority’s Senior School Improvement Partner (SSIP), as well as my Head Teacher.

It’s important to mention that since completing their GCSEs in ICT, we have been conscious as a school that we have a duty to still move the children’s learning on whilst they are in Year 6. Lucy Jayes (@lj101) and Marc Richardson (@marc2044), ICT Consultants with the Local Authority, have been extremely helpful and generous in preparing a programme of activities that the children will undertake every Friday afternoon at the local Education Development Centre. This provision will start this Friday. To show that we have continually developed the children’s learning, I set up a six week intervention for the children, where they received an enrichment lesson each week last half term.

I am not proposing that the QR Code lesson that I share in this blog post is of a GCSE standard. It is merely an example of an enrichment activity that made up part of the half term’s intervention.

Anyway, back to the QR Code lesson! You will find my lesson plan below. Do you think the lesson has been accurately judged as an ‘Outstanding’? I’m not convinced. To me, the lesson is fairly straightforward in terms of skills and content.

QR Code Lesson.

 After receiving my feedback from the SSIP and Head Teacher, it got me wondering whether I got the grade I deserved. As you can see from my feedback below, evidence was recorded on an official Ofsted form. Were the SSIP and Head Teacher tricked and distracted by the technology, or am I being too self critical?


<The official Ofsted form, used by the SSIP, is particularly interesting – especially the mention of ‘spiritual’ development. I set out to achieve an ‘awe and wonder’ moment and it’s great that this can be achieved within ICT.

My Head Teacher made a comment that Year 11 teachers would have been delighted with the children’s level of attainment – but again, I’m not so sure. The children were definitely challenged, but I still maintain that the lesson was an enrichment activity and that it could have been accessed by a large number of other children.

Anyway, it would be great to read your comments. Please be honest! Although it was great to have such positive feedback, there’s definitely something that’s making me feel uneasy from a leadership point of view. What would your judgement have been?


  1. Simon Haughton says:

    Sometimes you’ve got have what I call ‘one-off’ lessons with ICT to teach a particular program/application – I do a lesson with Y3 on adding photo effects to pictures (http://is.gd/gG1gR) and a lesson with Y6 researching using Google StreetView for instance which need to be taught in my opinion but could in theory be taught to any KS2 class or above.

    I always believe that an outstanding lesson is one which engages all the children, teaches them something new and gets them inspired/excited to learn more about the topic/program covered. Awe and wonder is a vital part of learning – you’ve used this successfully in your lesson and so should be very pleased that the observer recognised this enough to give the grade he did.

  2. Hey – well done you! Great post with lots in it (as usual from you!) As Dug says it’s difficult to judge from paper alone but I do know from all my twittering that ICT is once again proviiding excellent learning opportunities for children!

  3. Dughall McCormick says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and am delighted that you have shared your reflections on the lesson via a blog.

    Without actually being in the lesson, it is nigh on impossible to make a judgment. All I can say is that I am only sorry I wasn’t there because all the indicators would suggest a wonderful learning experience.

    I believe ICT can often be the source of awe and wonder and remember this being a feature of a lesson observation of mine in the early 1990s. And the source of that awe and wonder? A child’s work emerging line by line from a dot-matrix printer!

    Please do keep blogging, Michelle. Everyone is a winner!

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