Aims of the senior leadership team: examples Are there examples of aims of the senior leadership team (SLT)? We look at examples of statements from a variety of schools that outline the aims of the SLT. We also link to further information on the strategic responsibilities of the SLT.
Developing and implementing the school visionIs there advice on developing a school vision? This article includes advice from two of The Key's education experts, on using workshops to help develop a school vision and ensuring that the vision is known and owned by the whole school community. You will also find three school case studies.
School vision statements: examplesAre there examples of school vision statements? We look at examples of vision statements from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find links to further information about developing and implementing the school vision.
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.
Vision and mission statements: guidance and case studiesHow can I create vision and mission statements for my school? We look at case studies showing how schools have involved stakeholders in the creation of vision and mission statements, and how a new academy developed its mission. We also include advice from one of our associate education experts.
Case study: moving from 'requires improvement' to 'outstanding'Hugh Myddelton Primary School moved from an Ofsted judgement of ‘requires improvement’ to ‘outstanding’ in the space of 2 years. We spoke to the SLT about the school’s journey to achieving this outcome, including the processes they followed and the key changes they made to their practice.
Developing teaching from 'requires improvement' to 'good': strategiesHow can we develop our school's teaching so that Ofsted judges it 'good'? This article summarises suggestions from two of our associate education experts on how schools can progress their teaching from 'requires improvement'. It also links to guidance on teaching strategies from the Sutton Trust.
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.
Features of an 'outstanding' school: primaryWhat has Ofsted said about primary schools rated 'outstanding'? In this article, we look at Ofsted reports from four 'outstanding' primary schools and summarise some of the inspectors' comments. We also link to another article with examples of 'outstanding' early years provision.
Features of 'outstanding' teaching: case studies and examplesAre there examples of schools with 'outstanding' teaching? We look at a case study of a teaching school, focusing on how it ensures consistency via its teacher development programme. We also relay examples of inspection reports from 'outstanding' schools with comments on certain aspects of teaching.
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' (EYFS)How can we move teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding' in the EYFS? One of our associate experts suggests ways that schools can improve the quality of their teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We also include good practice resources from Ofsted on good practice in EYFS settings.
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.
Progressing teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding': special schoolsHow can a special school progress teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding'? We relay advice from two 'outstanding' special schools and one of our associate education experts. We also look at Ofsted inspection reports containing advice to improve teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding'.
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.
Linking subject plans to the school improvement planHow can we link our subject plans to our school improvement plan (SIP)? One of our associate education experts explains how schools might link individual subject plans to the SIP. This article also looks at how three schools have linked their SIPs and subject/department plans.
Long-term strategic plans: guidance and examplesThis article relays advice from two of our associate education experts on producing and monitoring a long-term strategic plan. We also link to examples of long-term strategic plans from primary and secondary schools and a multi-academy trust.
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.
Premises development plans: template and examplesIs there a template for a premises development plan? In this article, we include a KeyDoc template for a premises development plan. We also link to a premises improvement plan from a school, and to examples of actions for the school premises and the learning environment in whole-school plans.
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. You can also see examples of RAPs from schools.
Reading action plans (primary)Are there action plans for improving reading at Key Stage (KS) 2? We include a downloadable KS2 reading action plan, which we created with one of our experts. We also look at examples of reading action plans from 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)Are there examples of action plans for science? We refer to examples of action plans for science from maintained primary schools and an academy. We also link to another article which has a downloadable template for department and subject action plans.
SENCO action plansDownload our action plan template for a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). We also look at special educational needs (SEN) action plans from schools.
SMSC development: action plans Are there examples of action plans for SMSC development? In this article, we look at spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development action plans from schools. You will also find links to school improvement plans that include actions relating to SMSC development.
Template for writing a case study on classroom practiceIs there a template for writing a case study? We have worked with one of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc template for a case study. It contains a suggested structure and series of prompts to help you decide what to include. We also link to further case study examples from The Key.
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.