Support for Good Schools seeking ‘Outstanding’ at OFSTED
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. The programme has made a significant impact on the schools involved and is said to be: “Excellent, enriching and inspiring”.
The programme offers Ofsted‘good’ secondary schools the opportunity to attend a conference in a central London venue each term at which eminent speakers give presentation on the features of Great Schools and school improvement.
Colleagues from G2G and other London schools (and often their students) also give presentations or run workshops on interesting initiatives they have introduced such as raising attainment strategies and their journey from good to outstanding.
The support helps delegates to:
- Network and actively collaborate with a broad range of schools at a similar point in their journey of school improvement.
- Reflect and evaluate the school’s strengths and areas for development.
- Access, adapt and implement a wide range of raising attainment and school improvement ideas and strategies.
- Prepare for an Ofsted outstanding judgement.
- Over 90 London secondary schools have been involved in G2G to date.
- A significant percentage of schools that have participated on the Good to Great programme have moved from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.
- 30% of London secondary schools were rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2011 compared to 17.5% nationally. Despite changes to the framework, London schools are still close to this figure.
The G2G programme is about partnership: improving schools through sharing and collaboration. Every school on the programme is expected to be not only committed to its own improvement but also to helping other schools to improve.