Peer teaching observations

  • Have you been awarded FHEA or SFHEA status?

    One of the requirements of your Fellowship is that you ‘remain in good standing’, by maintaining your own CPD and supporting that of others, including the requirement to:

    Support and actively assist in the professional development of colleagues to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of good practice and to protect learners from poor practice.

    Read more about remaining in good standing here: 

    While the UKPSF and the literature of learning and teaching are fresh in your mind, we invite you to join our peer observation scheme, to support applicants for Associate Fellowship of the HEA. 

    Why become a peer observer?

    If you have FHEA, this could be a first step towards your application for SFHEA, it’s a way to support your colleagues, and keep your own commitment to learning and teaching up to date, and is useful evidence for an application for promotion to Senior Lecturer.

    Why are we doing this?

    All levels of HEA Fellowship require authentication of practice by suitably qualified peers. Until recently, our Associate Fellowship applicants have had their practice authenticated by the microteaching activity in the ‘Learning and Teaching in HE’ module of the PCTHE. However, the requirements have changed, and practice must now be authenticated by a full teaching observation.

    What’s involved?

    We will invite you to a short introduction webinar, which will cover:

    • A refresher on the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching in HE

    • What sort of teaching sessions you might observe, and what you will be looking for

    • What support mechanisms are available for you as observers

    • How to give supportive and constructive feedback

    • What the formal processes are

    This webinar will be recorded, and both the recording and the slides will be available to you afterwards. 

    We ask you to observe at least four colleagues, give them supportive feedback, and complete the teaching observation form to authenticate their practice for their Associate Fellowship application.

    You will be assigned a designated supporter from the PCTHE tutor team, who will be available to offer advice and guidance if needed. If you observe teaching practice which worries you, the first step is to arrange a chat with your assigned PCTHE tutor, who can advise you about next steps, or arrange their own observation of the colleague.

    After the observation, you will complete the ‘peer observation form’, which you return to the person observed and to the PCTHE tutor.

    What now?

    Fill in the Google form to express interest in the peer observation scheme or get in touch with Elizabeth Lovegrove ( if you have questions.