Thurs 24th Nov 2022
9:30 - 16:15
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Moving to Outstanding 2022
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What to expect

There’s no doubt you became a headteacher to develop the best school for your children and community. As rewarding as this job is, I’m sure you agree, it’s a journey of constant learning and growth. 

Are you learning from the best? 

Every year since 2012, we’ve been bringing together recently outstanding headteachers at this flagship conference to share best practice with other headteachers. 

How many outstanding headteachers and schools have you met in the last 6 months?

Come and meet more!

Our speakers are truly inspiring. They have moved their schools forward under exceptionally challenging circumstances and they have received an ‘outstanding’ badge under the new framework (even though that’s not why they do what they do).

Our flagship event is extremely popular – it sells out every year!

Who should attend:

This event is perfect for Primary school (including Infant and Junior):

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Senior Leaders
  • Middle Leaders

How good is it?

What do your colleagues have to say about ‘Moving to Outstanding: Best practice from recently outstanding headteachers’?

It’s brilliant! Your headteacher peers have rated the day on average 9.1/10 for the last four years.

“Thanks for another brilliant day of learning. You always provide the most wonderful speakers who are an inspiration to us all”. McClenaghan  Headteacher, Crowlands Primary, Essex

Once again I’ve collected some professional nuggets of gold”. C Jones – Headteacher, Hearsall Community Academy, Coventry 

“Absolutely loved the practical, inspirational speakers. Great to see it isn’t heads of schools with just amazing data. A real privilege to hear their journey” S Webb – Headteacher, Redgate Community Primary School, Liverpool


Beth Dyer, Headteacher- Nine Acres Primary, Isle of White

Click on the image to hear what Beth has to say about Moving to Outstanding 2019


Rebecca Harris- Headteacher, St Alban CofE Primary and Nursery & James Humphries- Headteacher, Kentish Town CofE Primary, London

Click on the image to hear their experience of Moving to Outstanding 2019


The speakers

We are currently meeting outstanding headteachers to speak at this year’s event.

We’ll keep announcing them here.

Beyond outstanding: being exceptional for our community regardless of the challenges

Amanda Webb, Headteacher, Talavera Junior School, Aldershot, achieved outstanding November 2018

We’re delighted to invite Amanda to speak again and share how Talavera Junior has progressed and is delivering outstanding results and an even better curriculum to their children, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amanda Webb joined Talavera Junior School in 2015. The school had previously scraped a ‘Good’, and prior to that it had previously moved in and out of ‘Requires Improvement’. In 2018 they were judged outstanding.

Talavera is a larger school with several unique challenges which mean they typically have children with them for 2 to 3 years.

75% of their children are from service families or are pupil premium, and many have English as an additional language.

And yet their attainment sits around 90%, and progress is above and well above average.

So what now?

For Amanda and the team, their challenge is how to be consistently outstanding; how to make sure their children make progress, and enjoy a rich curriculum, and not let the 2-year Covid-19 pandemic leave a negative legacy on their children.

This year the school’s progress and attainment looks to remain broadly inline. How?

Amanda will be sharing what the team have done to make that possible:
- How they strive to be exceptional (and therefore consistently outstanding)
- The marginal gains they have focused on
- How their disadvantaged and SEN children are making the progress
- Same day intervention strategy
- Developing the curriculum even further by looking at Infant and Secondary schools

Building a great school by focusing on one element at a time, really well, with everyone on board.

Helen Nicholson is the Executive Headteacher, of Stanton Junior School, Milton Keynes, who achieved their second outstanding in December 2021.

Stanton School serves a high proportion of children eligible for free school meals and is federated with Pepper Hill Infant School

Helen started teaching at Stanton in 1995 and, after leaving the school for three years, she returned as headteacher in 2007, at which point the school was in the bottom 100 schools in England and Wales.

However by 2013 Stanton was the fourth most improved school in England and Wales and in 2016 they received their first outstanding judgement from Ofsted. The second came under the newest framework in December 2021.

Over 15 years Helen and the team have improved the school, step by step, moving from Satisfactory to Good to a sustained Outstanding.

Helen will be sharing:
- The steps taken year on year to improve the school
- The challenges on the way
- What has enabled them to maintain an outstanding provision, despite the challenges of the pandemic

Lessons learned on our journey to outstanding

Ian Scotchbrook, Headteacher, South Harringay Schools, Harringay, London. In November 2021 the Infant school’s Section 8 inspection stated: There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding

Ian Scotchbrook became the Headteacher of South Harringay Junior school in 2011. In 2016 they federated with South Harringay Infant school.

South Harringay schools serve a diverse community with a higher than average number of pupils who speak English as a second language, with a slightly higher than average number of children with special education needs.

In the five years since federating Ian and his team have created an Infant and Junior school that delivers high quality education shown in their KS2 results which are above or well above average, but it’s even more visible when you enter their school and see the high quality teaching and curriculum they have in place, the commitment of staff and unity of their leadership around their shared vision and ethos.

Ian will be sharing highlights and lessons learned from their journey including:
- Increasingly empowering the team and let go, so they can lead the school
- The contrast between leading a good school, to now leading a school which has a joyful sense of flow

How we became outstanding without trying to be

John Hayes, Headteacher, Gospel Oak Primary School, Camden, London, achieved second outstanding October 2021

Gospel Oak is a large primary school, with a higher than average number of pupils eligible for free school meals, speaking English as an additional language and with special needs.

The school has been outstanding since January 2016, and was again in October 2021 under the most recent inspection framework.

John has been headteacher at Gospel Oak for 10 years. When he first visited the school he could feel how good the school was.

John could see the team were strong, a cohesive group dedicated to what they do and the children they work with.

How could he come in and build, not reduce, the good school his predecessor had created?

John will be sharing how:
- He supported a good team become great
- How he enables his A-players to do better, keeping them turned on and not turning them off
- The team don’t do much of the ‘usual stuff’ (e.g. lesson observations, standard staff appraisals, plan reviews) and what they do instead

Creating a culture of limitless learning

Lynn Williams, Headteacher, St Peter's CofE Primary School, Bolton, achieved their second outstanding September 2021

St Peter's CofE Primary School is a large primary school, with a higher than average number of pupils eligible for free school meals and with SEN.

Lynn joined the school in 2006 as a co-headteacher and the school had three ‘good’ judgments from Ofsted.

Lynn and her team have incrementally improved the school, through their strong belief that learning is limitless. Over time, outcomes have improved and in 2016 they got their first ‘outstanding’ judgement, and then another in 2021.

Having a belief is one thing, but embedding it to be at the core of the school’s culture and the driver of continual improvement by everyone is another.

Lynn will be sharing how they have created a culture of limitless learning, which gives their children a stunning education through:
- The school environment
- The language they use
- Classroom practice
- Recruitment

Sonia Gill, Founder & Director, Heads Up

Getting out of the grind of good and into the joy of great

Sonia and the Heads Up team understand you don’t do what you do for Ofsted, you do it for your children.

The schools they work with are 300% more likely to be judged as outstanding as a by-product, because they don’t focus on the Ofsted framework.

Instead they help school leaders break out of the grind of good and lead exceptional schools.

Sonia will be sharing:
- What is the grind of good
- Why does it happen
- The shift that leads to a school moving into the joy of great
- Practical tips to help you make the move


Joining the online event:

You’ll receive a confirmation email upon registering In the email you will be sent a link to register with zoom for the meeting.

Remember – up to 5 people from your school can join you. So decide how you want to join:

  • You can all watch together on one device (in which case you only need to register once),
  • Or you can join separately from different devices (in which case you’ll need to register each person joining; send the link below to them and ask them to register).

Once you have registered, you’ll receive an email with the meeting link and passcode for the event.

Please contact with any questions.


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Agenda: (Please note this is subject to change)

09:30 - 09:40Welcome
09:40 - 10:25Session 1: TBC
10:25 - 10:40Reflection & break
10:40 - 11:25Session 2: TBC
11:25 - 11:40Reflection & break
11:40 - 12:35Session 3: TBC
12:35 - 13:05Reflection & lunch break
13:05 - 13:45Session 4: Sonia Gill
13:45 - 14:00How Heads Up supports schools
14:00 - 14:15Reflection and break
14:15 - 15:00Session 5: TBC
15:00 - 15:15Reflection and break
15:15 - 16:00Session 6: TBC
16:00 - 16:15Reflection and Close