If you're on an initial teacher training (ITT) programme or are a qualified teacher, you're expected to meet (at least) and, as a rule, exceed a set of standards, the Teachers' Standards. You'll be observed and judgements about the extent to which you're meeting or exceeding the Standards will be made. You'll be encouraged (I hope) to make judgements about your own practice based on a set of criteria that will have been shared with you. UCET and NASBTT (April 2012) suggest that
Trainees graded as `outstanding’ teach consistently good lessons that often demonstrate outstanding features across a range of different contexts (for example, different ages, backgrounds, group sizes, and abilities) by the end of their training.
I thought it would be interesting to ask a group of mentors what they were looking for in 'outstanding' trainees. I Wordled what they wrote and here's what came out:
Here engagement refers to pupil engagement (trainee engagement is implicit), relationship to the relationship between the trainee and the pupils, and differentiated to the extent of provision for all pupils' strengths and needs. Creative carries many implications, but here refers to the extent to which learning is delivered in ways which ensure pupil engagement. I've picked up the implications of ownership elsewhere.