Why is it so hard to move from ‘Good’ to better than ‘Good’

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 my upcoming event:

Breaking the glass ceiling of ‘Good’
1 Day Training Course

Friday 11th October 2019

Friends House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
£250+VAT (Additional colleagues £125+VAT*)

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On this one-day course where I have limited spaces available, I will share:

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

What do your peers have to say about this training session? 

“A really good, thought provoking day with lots of practical ideas that will be easy and really useful to use back at school.” J Savidge, Headteacher.

“Brilliant – best CPD I’ve had.” C McNally, Deputy Headteacher.

“Thank you for a brilliantly delivered session which allowed for reflection on our own practise to continue to move forward”. H McClenaghan, Headteacher.

I look forward to meeting you at the event!

Warm wishes

Sonia