What makes a school outstanding?

What makes a school outstanding?

What makes a school outstanding? OFSTED and their evidence that many schools have lost their outstanding status A recent report from OFSTED. Hundreds of Formally Outstanding Schools Reinspected tells us that a staggering 80% of schools that were deemed to be outstanding a decade or so ago and are no longer so as they fall…

CPD for educators: a driver for quality

CPD is the driver for educational quality CPD should never be seen as an option for all those who have a role to play in educating the next generation wherever along the spectrum they work. In every other profession CPD is a pre-requisite of retaining a professional qualification. Teachers are the ones who educate all…

Coaching – A Catalyst for School Improvement

Coaching – A Catalyst for School Improvement Coaching and goal setting The first principle of coaching is the setting of clearly defined and achievable goals that become the essential component of the professional conversations that take place between a coach and coachee. The principle of goal setting is essential for those with a leadership role…

Curriculum Conversations: Professional Development for School Improvement

Creating the right culture for curriculum conversations to flourish Creating the right culture for curriculum conversations to flourish in order to inspire teams and individuals to work together is a key driver in creating the evidence that the curriculum is aligned with the vision for school improvement. Curriculum conversations should be focused on consistent high-quality…

CPD for Curriculum Quality, Outstanding Pedagogy and Seamless Learning

CPD for Curriculum Quality, Outstanding Pedagogy and Seamless Learning The future of education is in the hands of educators, new, developing and experienced. Strong leadership and highly knowledgeable teams will enhance learning and take forward exciting and innovative strategies to support high quality education outcomes for all. There are many pressing avenues that all leaders…

Quality Assurance, OFSTED and the Curriculum

Quality Assurance and the Curriculum In my last post I said that I wasn’t sure about the word substance as being the right way to describe the curriculum that drives a high-quality education. I didn’t offer an alternative and have been thinking about it quite a lot. So, in this post I want to define…

Curriculum and the Substance of Education

What is the substance of education? Substance is a word that has more than one meaning, a bit like outstanding which can mean something is exceptional or something remains unfinished, ironic really when you think about its use as a means of defining how well a school performs. Substance equally can mean a liquid or…
The Substance of Education

What is the Substance of Education?

What is the Substance of Education? Substance conjures up something of a high quality, solid and tangible, strong and dependable. The substance of education, according to a speech in 2021 by Amanda Spielman of OFSTED is essentially the curriculum and how well it is designed and delivered to ensure that all learners can achieve their…