How can a teacher make sure, in the brief time that an inspector (or other assessor) spends in their classroom, that the lesson ticks enough boxes to impress - AND gain that outstanding grade? Jackie Beere leads the teacher through the criteria to search for the 'x-factor' - the magic ingredients that will elevate lessons to outstanding. The 'x-factor' means demonstrating exceptional progress in learning and that the quality of learning is exceptional. Some other vital ingredients that will elevate lesson to outstanding include: Differentiating for various groups of learners; Developing independent and resilient learners; Challenging the most able learners; and, Sharing the criteria for success. To ensure these are demonstrated when being observed Jackie provides teachers 6 steps to success: Be in control, right from the start and set up the learning environment; stimulate curiosity and open mindedness and prepare the brain for learning; set objectives of learning outcomes and engage students in the learning; Main lesson activities; Dish up the DIRT...often! (Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time); and provide the perfect plenary or review.