Lesson Study

Lesson Study is a professional development programme that is widely used in Japan. Teachers work in small groups to plan lessons that address a shared teaching and learning goal. They then observe each other teaching these lessons, refine the lesson plans and repeat the process. Case pupils that are typical of a group of pupils within the class are selected, so that the impact of the lessons on different types of pupil can be monitored. The knowledge generated by this process is then shared with other colleagues.

Why are we funding it?

Lesson Study is already widely used overseas and is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. The approach could represent an effective model for disseminating good practices identified by other EEF projects.

There is some evidence that Lesson Study could have a positive impact in English schools, but not yet enough to justify scaling it up. An evaluation of the UK’s National Strategies’ Leading Teachers Programme, which involved Lesson Study, showed that those schools using this approach (among others) out-performed a comparison group in both English and Mathematics. Lesson Study also shares many of the key characteristics of effective CPD that were identified in a systematic review produced by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre. 

How are we evaluating it?

A team from the LSE will evaluate the project using a randomised controlled trial involving 160 schools. The impact of Lesson Study will be tested through pupils literacy and numeracy outcomes at Key Stage 2. The evaluation is set up as an effectiveness trial. Effectiveness trials aim to test whether an intervention can work at scale in a large number of schools.

To view the project's evaluation protocol click here.

When will the evaluation report be due?

The evaluation report will be published in Spring 2017.