What is Lesson Study?

What is Lesson Study?

Lesson Study is a Japanese model of teacher-led research in which a triad of teachers work together to target an identified area for development in their students’ learning. Using existing evidence, participants collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a series of lessons, using ongoing discussion, reflection and expert input to track and refine their interventions.

The Japanese Lesson Study model has been advocated in the UK for some time both by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and its predecessor organisations.

The outline of the approach is as follows:



The Evidence

Evidence from the use of Lesson Study by hundreds of leading teachers working with ‘coasting schools’ who used Lesson Study as a coaching approach to improve pupil progress in writing and mathematics at age 11 showed considerable impact year on year (Dudley, 2012). Evidence was also found in the independent evaluation of this National Strategy Programme (Hadfield et al., 2011). A large scale study under review at the time of writing in the US suggests LS has a significant impact on pupil learning as a result of teacher learning. Professor Pete Dudley’s pilot project demonstrated a positive impact on pupil learning and this was directly linked with related teacher learning in a later study (Dudley, 2013). 

Dudley. P. and Gowing, E., (2012) Reflection though Lesson Study in Hansen (Ed.) Reflective Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools, London, Sage

TDT Lesson Study Practitioner Courses for 2017-18

Co-developed with Sheffield Hallam University, our courses run over 3 dates across the academic year (November 2017, January and June 2018) in London and Sheffield and equip participants with the skills necessary to embed or lead Lesson Study correctly in their school. Participants are required to submit a portfolio based on a Lesson Study that they’ve conducted and will have the chance to gain the professional status of TDT Practitioner in Lesson Study. Learn more here.

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