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'.

Last reviewed on 8 October 2021
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  1. 'Good' striving to improve further
  2. 'Requires improvement' to 'good' 
  3. 'Inadequate' to 'good' 

Please note that most of the examples in this article are based on judgements made before the 2019 Ofsted framework came into force. This is because most schools that have received a 'requires improvement' grade under the 2019 framework, haven't yet had a graded follow-up inspection. 

'Good' striving to improve further

Easthampstead Park Community School, a secondary school in Berkshire, was judged 'requires improvement' in June 2014 and then 'good' in June 2016. The school's raising attainment plan for 2021/22 has 10 priorities, focusing on areas such as:

  • Raising attainment in the core subjects
  • Monitoring the impact of the curriculum
  • Developing teachers' expertise

See the plan here.

'Requires improvement' to 'good' 

St James CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School in West Yorkshire was judged by Ofsted as 'requires improvement' in March 2017. In July 2019, the school received a 'good' judgement in all areas.

The action plan the school put in place included success criteria that covered items like: 

  • Teachers' knowledge and skills 
  • Setting stretching work for all pupils 
  • Providing effective feedback to support pupil progress 

Download the action plan from the school's website. 

'Inadequate' to 'good' 

Riverside Bridge School is a special school in Barking and Dagenham that was judged 'inadequate' by Ofsted in July 2018, and then 'good' in February 2020. The school's action plan focused on: 

  • Re-organising responsibilities for curriculum planning and monitoring 
  • Providing regular mentoring for teachers 
  • Reviewing the assessment approach 

Access the school's action plan here.  

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