London Leadership Strategy paves the way to success with school improvement programmes for 2014 / 2015

Date of press release: 
4th September 2014

Ahead of schools starting the new academic year the London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not for profit organisation run by experienced Headteachers to empower schools to take forward school-to-school improvement in London and beyond, is opening up its 2014 / 2015 programmes to ensure they reach the widest possible audience both within and out of London. The programmes of support are designed to help schools improve their standards for all children. All the programmes run by LLS are offered alongside bespoke National Leader of Education (NLE) support.

The 2014 / 2015 programmes include:

Good to Great
Good to Great (G2G) is a leadership development programme aimed at supporting good schools in their endeavour to become outstanding. The programme helps schools to continually improve and develop good practices that enable them to achieve ‘outstanding’ in their Ofsted inspections.

G2G focuses support at headteachers and senior leaders through providing access to conferences, teacher improvement support, knowledge sharing and free educational resources. Contact to receive available dates for 2014 / 2015.

Good to Great Heads of Departments – English and Maths
Good to Great Heads of Department focuses support at senior leaders of English and Maths through providing access to conferences, teacher improvement support, knowledge sharing and free educational resources.

The 2014 / 2015 dates for Good to Great Heads of Department are: 6th November 2014, 5th March 2015 and 25th June 2015.

Going for Great
The Going for Great (G4G) programme has been created for secondary schools that are Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ to support them on their journey to becoming world class. The programme allows schools to share and build on outstanding practice and what is currently working well in schools, enabling them to demonstrate sustained school-to-school leadership.

The 2014 / 2015 dates for Going for Great are: 2nd October 2014, 20th November 2014, 5th February 2015, and 23rd April 2015. A Going for Great Primary programme will be launched in the new academic year.

Securing Good
Securing Good is a year long, highly effective programme delivering measureable results for schools at ‘satisfactory’ or ’required to improve’. A solution focused approach to achieving ‘good’ at Ofsted, the Securing Good programme gives participating schools the opportunity to work with a dedicated Consultant Head on identified development areas.

The 2014 / 2015 dates for Securing Good are: 30th September 2014, 2nd December 2014, 27th January 2015, 10th March 2015 and 16th June 2015.

Moving to New Headship (Primary and Secondary)
The Moving to New Headship programme provides individual mentoring for new Headteachers from an experienced Headteacher. Starting at any time within the first 3 years of headship, new heads will meet their mentor Headteacher for 12 sessions over 3 terms.

The programme aims to help headteachers clarify and achieve their priorities, drawing on their mentor’s and the London Leadership Strategy’s resources, to make the best start in their new headship. Contact to receive available dates for 2014 / 2015.

Successful Teaching and Learning
In line with the new OFSTED inspection framework, this interactive programme develops teachers’ skills and understanding of how to offer outstanding teaching and learning to their pupils.
Successful Teaching & Learning enables teachers to observe lessons and reflect on their own practice and, with the support of two facilitators, develop an outstanding teaching style.

Designed to be collaborative and interactive with time built in to share, reflect and observe others over an extended six-week period. Contact to receive available dates for 2014 / 2015.

SEND improvement programme
Having supported over 100 inclusion and SEN departments since March 2009, LLS offers unique and bespoke packages of support including a one day review, good practice visits to see outstanding provision, regular one-site coaching and mentoring visits for SENCOs and Senior Leaders with responsibility for SEND and INSET on preparation for the new SEND reforms.

Born of London Challenge, LLS continues the work of this transformational project led by Professor David Woods CBE, Chair of LLS and formerly the Principal National Challenge Advisor for England and Chief Advisor for London Schools.

LLS is now one of the largest providers of school-to-school support in London and the organisation has an extensive network of National Leaders of Education (NLEs) and a network of outstanding schools leading learning in every borough.

Over 500 schools access school support programmes, not only from London, but nationally too. LLS is rapidly expanding with programmes of support in place in Norfolk, Somerset, South Gloucester, Portsmouth and Poole, with more outreach underway.

Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director of the London Leadership Strategy says: “The London Challenge captured the hearts and minds of London school leaders and educators. The work of the London Leadership Strategy continues this legacy with the aim of creating this passion for school improvement nation-wide ensuring every child and young person thrives regardless of their background.

“The 2014 / 2015 school support programmes continues to lead school improvement through school-to-school support, and analysis of ‘what works’ in todays local and wider educational context. This sharing of knowledge and experience that underpins LLS’s programmes unites educators to strive for common goals.”

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