peer observation for teaching enhancement

Page last updated:
02 Jun 2023

Pairs or groups of staff are encouraged to work together in networks to support each other to enhance their academic practice.

Peer Support for Teaching Enhancement acts as a collaborative, supportive and developmental process for colleagues to work on the enhancement of their students’ experience.  It aims to:

  • Encourage and support colleagues to contribute to the development of excellent academic practice (DEAP);
  • Promote opportunities for sharing and dissemination of excellent academic practice; and
  • Foster the development of an academic community across our University.

Activities can range from more traditional peer observation processes to small network clusters of staff engaging in a mutually supportive activity which may focus on a particular theme or address a strategic development need. All approaches to teaching whether they are online, blended or face to face are suitable for consideration and enhancement.  Schools, Subject areas or Courses can decide how they implement the peer support process in their own context. This will be determined via their priorities, perceived needs and staff feedback. 

More details about best practice and examples of how peer support for teaching enhancement can be implemented are given in the documents below.  CLT can provide example forms as well as bespoke events to Schools to support the implementation of the scheme.

To discuss please email

Workshops for colleagues who are being observed or are the observers in peer observation of teaching schemes (PoT) on Degree Apprenticeship courses are available via Quality Assurance Services.

NEW  Peer Observation and Enhancement of Teaching for colleagues teaching on Apprenticeship programmes (word document)

This 16 minute presentation (see link below) is designed to support colleagues teaching on our Degree Apprenticeship programmes. The slides outline the key elements involved in the peer observation of teaching sessions for apprentices and include an outline of the four-stage process and content/prompts for each element of the process, as well as specifying the roles of the observed tutor and the observer.  If you have any queries, please contact CLT.

Degree Apprenticeship voiced PowerPoint presentation. 


These templates should be used by the observer and the observed tutor for the observation of degree apprenticeship teaching sessions and the Word versions adapted by colleagues in the Schools. 

They are to be completed for each stage as listed below.

  1. The Pre- observation meeting (Stage 1)
  2. The Observation session itself between the observed tutor and the observer (Stage 2)
  3. The post-observation confidential discussion between the observer and the observed tutor. At Stage 4, areas of good practice and areas for School/ University wide educational development can be identified and sent by the observer to the DA lead in the School. The observed tutor would not be identified. (Stage 3/4).
    1. Word Version
    2. PDF Version

Slides and recording of workshop session for Leeds Beckett Staff. The templates, recording and pdf should be used together and not viewed in isolation.