• How to develop and embed your school's vision Collaborate 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.
  • School vision statements: examples If your vision statement is due for a review, find inspiration in these example statements from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • Subject leadership: how to develop and embed a vision Find out what to take into account when writing your subject vision and get tips on how to embed it. See examples of vision statements and a case study from a secondary teaching school.
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  • Developing an 'outstanding' school: examples of strategies Read and absorb advice from our associate experts on what makes a school 'outstanding' and how you can get there. You'll find features of 'outstanding' practice for each Ofsted judgement.
  • Features of an 'outstanding' EYFS setting Are 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.
  • How to run 'outstanding' interventions: case study Be clear on Ofsted's expectations and learn how an 'outstanding' school runs interventions so you can adopt the same approach in your school.
  • Leadership in 'outstanding' schools What 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.
  • Ofsted's MAT research: key learnings and recommendations Find out what schools in trusts find helpful about their MATs, and where the schools and the MATs face challenges. This research also covers what most MATs do similarly and what differs from trust to trust - use our summary to get straight to the bits you can learn from.
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  • Outstanding practice in alternative provision: examples See examples of outstanding alternative provision (AP) in an AP free school, pupil referral unit (PRU), and AP academy.
  • 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.
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  • Action plans for the Early Years Foundation Stage See examples of EYFS action plans from primary schools. We also link to guidance on writing school improvement plans and post-Ofsted action plans.
  • Action plans for writing (primary) Download and adapt our Key Stage (KS) 2 writing action plan template to help you create your own. Find suggestions on how to improve writing in your school, and see examples from other schools.
  • Collaborating with other trusts and schools Explore how your multi-academy trust (MAT) can collaborate with other trusts and maintained schools. We explain what sorts of partnerships you can form, and advise on how to set up these collaborations to ensure they’re worth your time.
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  • Creating a school improvement framework for your MAT Here's how to create the environment in your MAT for driving school improvement. You'll learn what you need to determine as a central team, and how to involve each school in creating the improvement framework by sharing good practice and successful interventions.
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  • English and maths action plans: examples (secondary) Get ideas for your English and maths action plans with these examples from schools.
  • EYFS: school improvement plans See how primary schools like yours cover the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in their school improvement plans (SIPs).
  • How to deliver school improvement across your trust The improvement needs of each school are unique, but the process for delivering school improvement support is transferable across trusts. Read on to find out how to get this process right.
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  • How to develop your long-term strategic plan Long-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.
  • How to get headteachers to work together to support each other We spoke to Russell Boulton, CEO of Enrich Learning Trust, to find out the 3 key ingredients to getting school principals/headteachers to collaborate and work together. Find out how you can equip your heads to do the same in your trust.
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  • How to involve pupils, parents and staff in trust development Learn how The Compass Partnership of Schools built a thriving community where staff, pupils and parents have a say on trust development. Trust leader John Camp explains how this approach has led to high staff retention, engaged parents and pupils who feel part of something more than just their school. Find out how you can achieve this too.
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  • How to organise your monitoring schedule NewFind out how you can monitor with purpose so you don't overload staff with unnecessary monitoring. Plus, see examples of policies from schools.
  • Improving teaching and learning: action plans Be inspired by action plans from primary, secondary and special schools at different stages of their improvement journey, including schools that moved from 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' to 'good'.
  • Linking your school improvement plan to your budget Find out why it’s important you closely align your budget with your school improvement plan (SIP), and see examples of how schools are doing this.
  • Literacy and maths action plans: examples (primary) Download our subject action planning template, and use our sample action plans for guidance. See examples of English and maths action plans from other primary schools.
  • Long-term strategic plans: examples See examples of long-term strategic plans from primary, secondary and special schools, and a multi-academy trust.
  • Make pupil feedback count: how one SLT hears from every pupil, every year The Marlborough Science Academy revolutionised pupil voice by introducing weekly feedback sessions across the entire school and making regular improvements in response. Here's how this SLT did it, and how you can too.
  • Monitoring teaching and learning: tracking sheets Use our templates to record the outcomes from your monitoring activities, so you can have all your evidence in one place and can easily communicate trends to key stakeholders.
  • Post-inspection action plan: guidance and template Download and adapt our template, and see an example of a post-Ofsted action plan from a primary school.
  • Premises development plans: template Use our template premises development plan to help you audit your school grounds and buildings and plan improvement tasks.
  • PSHE (primary) action plans Given 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 plans Raising attainment plans (RAPs) are tactical, short-term plans to help schools raise standards. Learn how they work, who's involved, and how they differ 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 planning: role of governors Find out how to involve your governors when writing and monitoring your school improvement plan. You can also see examples of school improvement plans from a range of schools.
  • School improvement plan: primary Download our annotated school improvement plan (SIP) to help you develop yours and decide what to include and why. See examples of SIPs from other primary schools, including short and long-term plans.
  • School improvement plans based on the 2019 Ofsted framework NewUse our template to create a school improvement plan (SIP) based on the 2019 Ofsted framework. See examples of SIPs from a range of schools.
  • School improvement plans based on the 2019 Ofsted framework (primary) Use our template to create a school improvement plan (SIP) based on the 2019 Ofsted framework. See examples of SIPs from a range of primary schools.
  • School improvement plans: secondary Download 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 schools Having an effective school improvement plan (SIP) will support you in achieving your priorities. See how other special schools have structured their SIPs to get inspiration for creating your own.
  • School improvement plan: template, checklist and monitoring guidance Download one of our school improvement plan (SIP) templates and use our checklist to help you evaluate your SIP. Also learn how you can monitor its implementation.
  • 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.
  • SDP vs strategic plan: what the difference is and why it matters Learn the distinction between a school development plan (SDP) and a strategic plan, and how the two can be used in tandem to plan your school improvement.
  • SENCO action plan: template and examples Download 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 plans Take 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 guidance Once 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.
  • Talent mapping across your trust - how to get the most out of a skills database Auditing your staff to create a skills database can help the schools across your trust access in-house experts. This can save you money, encourage collaboration, manage talent and drive improvement. Follow our tips to make this work in your trust and find examples of skills audits you can use.
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  • Teaching phonics: aims See examples of how schools have set out their phonics teaching objectives.
  • Trust strategic plans: template and guidance Use the template and advice in this article to get started with your trust’s strategic plan, and take a look at examples to see how other trusts have set out their plans and what they’ve included.
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  • Trust-wide collaboration: overview Chris Kirk, director of CJK Associates, gives us a rundown on collaboration models and how to make them work for your trust.
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  • Whole-school pastoral action plans Download 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 guide Be 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.
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