Teaching: how to go from 'good' to 'outstanding' (primary)

Find out how to sustain and improve 'good' teaching to make it 'outstanding'. Discover the key concepts of an 'outstanding' lesson, and see what Ofsted said about teaching in 3 'outstanding' schools.

Last reviewed on 28 July 2022
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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  1. Teaching needs to be consistently ‘good’ in order to progress
  2. How to sustain ‘good’ teaching over time
  3. 4 components of an ‘outstanding’ lesson
  4. How to engage pupils in an ‘outstanding’ lesson
  5. What teaching is like in 3 ‘outstanding’ schools

This article is based on information from our associate education experts - see more about them at the bottom of this page. 

Teaching needs to be consistently ‘good’ in order to progress

It’s not enough to just teach 1 ‘outstanding’ lesson.  

Just as with anything Ofsted looks at, in order to be ‘outstanding’, you need to:

Everyone knows your curriculum intent (what you're teaching pupils and why you're teaching them that) and how it's being implemented, including their role in that The curriculum, schemes of work, lessons and work given to pupils are sequenced and planned effectively so that pupils know more, can do more, and remember more Teachers' pedagogical and subject content knowledge is good Pupils' work and outcomes are good, including for specific groups All of this is consistent across all subjects and