Developing an 'outstanding' school: examples of strategies

Get 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 11 April 2023
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  1. Behaviour and attitudes
  2. Leadership and management
  3. Quality of education
  4. Personal development

Behaviour and attitudes

Good behaviour is ingrained in the school community

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

  • 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

Almost always when you speak to people in an 'outstanding' school – whether pupils, teaching staff, or support staff – they hold the school in high regard.

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