9:30 - 16:00
Friends House
173 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BJ
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It’s hard to move a school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’, but even harder to move a school from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’. In fact, there’s a high chance that a ‘Good’ school will remain ‘Good’ or slip down.


Out of 3734 schools reviewed, only 4% moved from Good to Outstanding in their next inspection1, 4%!

What is so special about these schools that the inspectors HAD to make them Outstanding?


  • Reason #1: Becoming ‘Good’ means completing a really tough ‘tick list’ of things that need to be done every day with rigour; achieving it is no small feat and neither is maintaining it. To become outstanding, you sadly can’t just tick this tough list and expect to move to the next level. You MUST evolve and build a culture of excellence in your school.
  • Reason #2: School leaders are brilliant at developing children’s performance and behaviour, but can struggle to do the same when it comes to their staff. Why? Because school leaders were extensively trained to work with children but not adults. As a result, many leadership teams are not performing to their full potential.


I’ve worked with schools for over 7 years. I walk into at least 4 schools a week and I know more ‘Outstanding’ heads than anyone else2. I know how these heads have achieved their outstanding status and the patterns of how to become genuinely ‘Outstanding’ have become very clear. I’m going to share these patterns at this upcoming event.

I will also share:

  • The problems faced when moving from ‘Good’ to better than ‘Good’
  • The key changes you must make to become great
  • Practical tips you can take away and use immediately

Places are strictly limited so secure yours today.

1Source: Heads Up analysis of Ofsted Analysis 2017/18: https://ukheadsup.com/inspections-201718/

2If you think you know more outstanding heads than I do, get in touch. I’d love to know and I’m happy to be proved wrong.



Sonia Gill, Founder & Director of Heads Up Ltd

Sonia Gill has worked with schools for over 6 years, walks into at least 4 schools a week and know more ‘Outstanding’ heads than probably anyone else. With this experience the patterns of how to become genuinely ‘Outstanding’ start to become clear. All of the schools Sonia has worked with have improved by an average of at least one Ofsted grade at their inspection.


Here is what will be covered on the day:

09:30 – 10:00: Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:10: Welcome

10:10 – 10:40: The glass ceiling of ‘good’ & your primary task in becoming outstanding

10:40 – 11:25: Qualitative shift: Growing excellence

11:25 – 11:40: Break

11:40 – 12:30: Qualitative shift: Having successful difficult conversations

12:30 – 13:15: Lunch

13:15 – 14.15: Qualitative shift: Having a compelling vision

14.15 – 14.25: Break

14:25 – 14.40: How Heads up supports schools become outstanding

14:40 – 15:00: Barriers to becoming outstanding

15:00 – 15:30: The secret clues that give away how good your school is

15:30 – 16:00: Wrap up

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Tickets are £250+VAT.

I also want you to be able to take action when you’re back in school and that’s often easier if two of you attend so bring a colleague from your school for just £125+VAT! Please email kay@ukheadsup.com if you’d like to bring an additional delegate and she will organise this for you.

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All of the schools Sonia has worked with have improved

by an average of at least one Ofsted grade at their inspection.