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.

Last reviewed on 1 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Behaviour
  2. Leadership and management
  3. Quality of education
  4. Personal development


Good behaviour is ingrained in the school community

In 'outstanding' schools, there’s a deep-rooted culture of respect and good discipline amongst pupils, staff, parents and visitors: 

  • Behaviour is excellent
  • There are good, clear disciplinary procedures in place that are followed consistently 
  • Staff are well-trained in managing behaviour and following the school's disciplinary procedures
  • Senior staff are around at break and lunchtimes to support staff on duty

For example, you might see:

  • Pupils walking sensibly around the school, including during transitions or when going to the toilet 
  • Visitors being welcomed in a friendly, polite and helpful manner, by both pupils and members of staff
  • Teachers rarely removing pupils from class, as the school has more effective ways of dealing with disruptive behaviour

Attitudes towards the school are positive

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