How to develop and embed your school's visionCollaborate with governors to develop a vision that represents where your school aspires to be. Turn your aspirations into reality by keeping your vision at the heart of every decision you make and bringing your community on board.
Subject leadership: developing and promoting a visionHow can we develop and implement a vision for a subject? We link to advice on creating a vision in maths, English and geography and relay advice on promoting a subject vision from one of our experts. You will also find case studies from two schools.
Features of an 'outstanding' EYFS settingAre there examples of excellent nursery and reception classes? This article features an Ofsted good practice video and a case study from an 'outstanding' nursery school. It also cites comments from inspection reports referring to 'outstanding' early years provision.
Leadership in 'outstanding' schoolsWhat kind of leadership makes a school ‘outstanding’? We look at the School Inspection Handbook, which includes the criteria for ‘outstanding’ leadership, and an annual report from Ofsted. We also highlight comments on leadership in inspection reports from ‘outstanding’ schools.
Making a school 'outstanding': examples of strategiesHave a look at advice from 2 of our associate experts on what makes a school 'outstanding' and how you can get there. You can also learn about the strategies one school used to move from special measures to ‘outstanding’ in the space of 3 years.
'Outstanding' interventions: guidanceAccording to Ofsted, what are ‘outstanding’ interventions? We relay advice from Ofsted explaining that it does not evaluate individual interventions. We also link to recommendations from a National College report, and relay examples of how 'outstanding' schools conduct interventions.
Outstanding practice in alternative provisionWhat makes outstanding alternative provision? We look at best practice advice from the DfE and the NFER. We explain that alternative provision (AP) is inspected by Ofsted under the section 5 handbook, and link to examples of 'outstanding' inspection reports from two AP free schools and a pupil referral unit (PRU).
Progressing teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding' (primary)How do I improve teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding'? Three of our associate experts suggest how to make a primary lesson 'outstanding'. We also link to examples of inspection reports from schools which have moved from 'good' to 'outstanding' in Ofsted's judgements on their teaching.
Progressing teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding' (secondary)How can a school improve its teaching to 'outstanding'? We look at how to improve your quality of teaching, including what Ofsted says, and how pupil progress influences this judgement. We also link to The Key’s CPD Toolkit module on excellent teaching.
Action plans to raise attainment of boys (primary)Underachievement for boys is a concern for many primary schools. We look at examples of plans that include objectives for raising the attainment of boys in primary schools. We also link to further information on strategies that can be used to narrow attainment gaps between boys and girls.
How to develop your long-term strategic planLong-term strategic planning will give you an overview of the direction of your school improvement over the next 3-5 years. Find out how to develop a robust plan that will help you achieve your school's vision. Plus, download our template plan to save you time writing your own.
Improving teaching and learning: action plansBe inspired by action plans from primary, secondary and special schools that moved from 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' to 'good', and one that came out of special measures.
Phonics aims in action plansFind out how schools are improving the way they teach phonics. See examples of phonics action plans, including as part of a school improvement plan and pupil premium strategy.
Post-inspection action plansLearn whether producing a post-inspection action plan is required in maintained schools, academies and independent schools. Download and adapt our template action plan, and see examples of plans from schools.
PSHE (primary) action plansGiven the impact of coronavirus and changes to relationships and health education (RHE, formerly known as SRE), you might be prioritising personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in your school improvement planning. See examples of action plans from schools to help you develop your own, and download our template to save you time.
Raising attainment plansRaising attainment plans (RAPs) are tactical, short-term plans to help schools raise standards. Learn how they work, who's involved, and how it differs from a school improvement plan.
Reading action plans (primary)Download and adapt our Key Stage 2 (KS2) reading action plan template to help you create your own, and see examples of reading action plans from other schools.
School improvement plans: primaryDownload our annotated school improvement plan (SIP) to learn how to develop your plan and decide what to include and why. It features advice and tips from an ‘outstanding’ school. Read on to find examples of SIPs from other primary schools like you.
School improvement plans: secondaryDownload our annotated school improvement plan (SIP) to learn how to develop your plan and decide what to include and why. It features advice and tips from an ‘outstanding’ school. Read on to find examples of SIPs from other secondary schools like you.
School improvement plans: special schoolsHaving an effective school improvement plan (SIP) will support you in achieving your priorities. Use the examples of SIPs from special schools below to get inspiration for creating your own, and see how other schools have structured theirs.
Science action plans (primary)See examples of action plans for science from maintained primary schools. You'll also find a link to another article with a downloadable template for department and subject action plans.
SENCO action plansDownload and adapt our action plan template for a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). Get inspiration from special educational needs (SEN) action plans from other schools.
SMSC development: action plansTake a look at different ways primary, secondary and special schools are making action plans for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development provision. These include SMSC elements of wider school development plans, and ideas for monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of SMSC education.
Subject action plan: template and guidanceOnce you’ve evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of your subject or department, you’ll want to turn that information into a coherent improvement plan. Download our template and follow our guidance to get the most out of your plan.
Whole-school pastoral action plansDownload our template for a whole-school pastoral action plan and a sample completed plan. You will also find examples of school approaches to planning for improving pastoral provision.
Writing an effective SIP: planning guideBe confident that your school improvement plan (SIP) is set up for success. Use our tools to narrow down competing priorities, develop achievable actions and create SMART targets, so you don't risk overburdening your staff and can keep on track with your long-term goals.