Good to Outstanding Professional Development Programme

A WTSA blended professional development and mentoring programme for Primary school Headteachers and Senior Leaders

This innovative programme has been developed through a partnership between the Wandle Teaching School Alliance and Dr Julia Coop (Athene Education). It is intended for Primary Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and other SLT members who can evidence good educational provision in their schools but are keen to take extra steps towards securing an outstanding Ofsted judgement.

This programme has been refined and updated in the light of recent shifts in the educational landscape and feedback from previous cohorts.

Details of the programme:

This programme comprises of four practical sessions based in two outstanding schools. The final session is followed by a day of bespoke consultancy based in each participating school.  The purpose is to explore the practical application of skills and knowledge to help develop and embed outstanding practice in the school’s context.

Sessions include:

  • Realising Outstanding Leadership for Success: Lessons from research
  • Moving to Outstanding: Sharpening self-evaluation skills and the school improvement planning.
  • Developing a Positive Change Culture
  • From Theory to Practice: Recognising outstanding provision, including curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.

To consolidate the above, delegates will be expected to complete a range of practical pre and post training tasks in collaboration with partner schools.

By the end of the course participants will be expected to:

· Use rigorous monitoring and self-evaluation skills in order to successfully build capacity and drive continuous improvement

· Reflect on strengths and areas to develop in their own professional practice

· Undertake a personal, professional skills analysis linked to school improvement priorities

· Identify the skills needed to build a strong team

· Ensure school improvement activity is focused on securing high-quality provision and outcomes

· To demonstrate outstanding vision and culture

· Possess up to date knowledge of the National Curriculum, current arrangements for assessment and the Common Inspection Framework

Delivered by Dr Julia Coop from Athene Education and the Wandle Teaching School Alliance:

Julia is a highly-acclaimed school improvement consultant, trainer and key note speaker. Until 2015 she was

Director of Educational Development and Inspections at Tribal Education, responsible for the development of school improvement training and CPD programmes for school leaders, teachers and inspectors. As a successful and highly regarded early years practitioner, headteacher in Primary and Special education and a school lead inspector Julia has worked closely with Ofsted. She was awarded her doctorate in 2005 for her work on inclusion and school improvement.

In her current role, she provides school reviews and bespoke consultancy and has developed a suite of training courses that enhance and develop a school’s internal capacity to improve and fully reflect the recent changes within UK education. She also works delivering school improvement and effectiveness consultancy and training throughout Singapore, South East Asia and the Middle East. She works as a critical friend to schools, particularly those struggling to improve. Julia is a Trustee of Young Epilepsy and St Piers Residential Special School and College.


“The course gave us the confidence to successfully drive our inspection and showcase our strengths.”

“The programme gave us a unique opportunity to think deeply about how to move to outstanding.”

“Fantastic opportunity to see what outstanding teaching looks like through lesson observations.”

Aimed at:
Primary Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and SLT members

Dates and Venue:

Sheringale Primary School:

Day 1: Wednesday 17th October 2018

Day 2: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Chesterton Primary School:

Day 3: Wednesday 21st November 2018

Day 4: Wednesday 28th November 2018


£1,350 for up to three senior leaders (based on 6 schools)

Chesterton Primary School (Dagnall Street, Battersea, London, SW11 5DT)

Further information:
Please contact the Wandle Teaching School Alliance: 0207 622 1619 /

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