9 Pillars of an Outstanding Department

Mark Enser is a Geography teacher and Head of Department. He blogs at https://teachreal.wordpress.com/. Here, he reflects on the '9 Pillars of an Outstanding Department', inspired by the '9 Pillars of Greatness' identified by London Leadership Strategy's Rachel Macfarlane:

London Leadership Strategy’s Securing Good programme

Securing Good is a year long, highly effective programme delivering measureable results for schools at ‘satisfactory’ or ’required to improve’.

We are delighted to congratulate the following schools from the previous two cohorts, who have moved to an Ofsted grade ‘good’ since being taking part in the programme:

Introducing Going for Great for primary schools

Following the success of our Going for Great programme for secondary schools, 2015 will see the launch of Going for Great for primary schools – a programme especially designed for schools that are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and aspire to, or are on their journey to becoming world class.

Based on a collaborative model, it gives schools the ability to share and build upon outstanding practice and what is currently working well in schools.

The G4G programme aims to:

Mitigating the consequences of the London Challenge

The London Challenge’s success is having two main, unintended and regrettable consequences. 

Going for Great – an insight into the programme

LLS are launching the Going for Great programme for primary schools. Kevin Wyre, Deputy Headteacher of Oaks Park High School, Redbridge, was a participant in the secondary programme and shares his insights for those considering applying to be a part of the programme.

Time: just after 8.00 am
Day: a Thursday in early October 2012
Place: Central Methodist Hall, Westminster
Mission: to boldly go where some Outstanding schools had gone before...(and where some hadn’t).

Good to Great English and Maths Heads of Department

Speaker Michael Payne, Head of Mathematics Faculty, Leventhorpe School, shares his thoughts on assessment in maths.

Assessment is such a powerful tool for a teacher.  Whether it be ‘assessment for learning’ in the classroom, verbal feedback to students or diagnostic feedback after a piece of work, all of these play a critical role in developing a student’s knowledge and understanding.  

Five reasons to join our Securing Good programme

No matter whether you were expecting it or not, it can be a bit of a blow to receive a ‘satisfactory’ or ‘requires improvement’ rating after an Ofsted inspection.

When going through the Ofsted report, there may seem like a lot of areas to improve – you’ll be pulled in all sorts of different directions but where do you start?

Help is at hand in the shape of London Leadership Strategy’s (LLS’s) Securing Good programme. It’s designed especially for schools rated ‘satisfactory’ or ‘requires improvement’ but who aspire to a ‘good’ rating.

SEN Leaders – why it’s so important and what’s happened so far

London schools outperform schools in the rest of England, achieve the highest proportion of students obtaining five good GCSEs and the highest GCSE attainment for pupils from poorer backgrounds. 

Although not the only measure of success, London has the highest percentage of schools rated ‘outstanding’ and Ofsted considers the quality of teaching and leadership in London schools to be substantially higher than the national level. 

The Story of London Challenge is launched and available to order

The Story of London Challenge is a retrospective on the development of the London Challenge initiative, from its inception in 2003 to its close in 2011 and investigates how, in less than a decade, it managed to achieve the incredible feat of taking London from being the lowest performing region in the country to the highest.

The Story of London Challenge is edited by and includes chapters from the two inspirational pioneers of the London Challenge, Sir Tim Brighouse and London Leadership Strategy’s Chair, Professor David Woods CBE. 

SEN Leaders – eight principles of working

The London Leadership Strategy recently launched a new programme which will identify schools who need support with their SEND provision and help to embed a focus on SEND into normal school improvement practice. 

The SEN Leaders programme takes what we know works in SEND and equips practitioners and other school improvement bodies to review and create effective improvement plans for SEND provision. 

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