Only 6% of schools gain or maintain the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ judgement
24% of schools Heads Up have supported have gained or maintained their outstanding judgement*
Yes you read that correctly.
Why is this percentage so low and why do your chances of becoming ‘outstanding’ dramatically improve when Heads Up supports you?
Since 2011 my team and I have spent hundreds of hours training headteachers and their leadership teams.
Based on my experience and results, I can confidently say, what gets you to ‘good’ will not get you to ‘outstanding’.
The journey to ‘good’ and the journey to ‘outstanding’ are qualitatively different.
Getting to good is about compliance, systems and making sure a demanding list of actions are done every day and it’s no small feat.
Getting to outstanding is about creating a high-performing culture, something most leaders are not adequately trained to do; it’s the reason most schools struggle to break the glass ceiling of good.
Every school can be outstanding.
I know we can help you.
Our results speak for themselves.
Do you want to build a great school that’s driven by your own standards of excellence and not just what Ofsted expects of you?
Then read on…
Why is it so hard to be “outstanding”?
I’ve heard many reasons why schools are struggling to be outstanding and I’m sure you’ve heard all, if not most of them too.
- We have high EAL, high SEN or high mobility children.
- Our parents don’t value education or have little aspiration.
- There’s a lack of consistency, the team aren’t following policies.
- Recruitment is an issue or staff just haven’t bought into what we want to do.
- There’s not enough money or resources.
- The ofsted criteria keeps changing.
- We will have to compromise on staff wellbeing. I’m not willing to put that extra stress on my staff.
These are not the reasons your school isn’t or won’t be outstanding.
How do I know?
Because over the last eight years I’ve walked into a lot of schools and I know more ‘outstanding’ heads than anyone else.
The patterns of how to become genuinely ‘outstanding’ have become very clear.
What does every genuinely outstanding head do differently?
Genuinely outstanding headteachers will tell you how they got their culture right before they tell you about any initiative or idea they brought in. They will tell you how culture has been a fundamental driver on their journey to outstanding.
Culture is the qualitative shift that moves you from ’good’ to ‘outstanding’.
So, how do you build a high performing, outstanding culture?
Click on the tab ‘What makes the difference in ‘outstanding’ schools?’ above to find out…