Our consultancy offers a wide and varied programme of training directly to schools.
We advertise a programme of training that mirrors local and national priorities each year as well as supporting schools in the implementation of their own self-evaluation systems, improvement planning and preparation for inspection.
Subject-specific training, generic topics such as 'educational inclusion' and 'assessment for learning', and phase-specific courses, including foundation stage and the full range of special educational needs complete the portfolio.
We have provided specialist educational advice to private contractors in relation to PPP/PFI tendering for new school builds in recent years. This has involved membership of the design teams, working closely with architects, and liaising with construction and facilities management teams to develop successful solutions to re-modelling and new build initiatives.
Our consultancy works in strategic partnership with a number of local educational authorities to provide customised training for their school improvement officers and to develop tailor-made professional development programmes for their schools.
Our consultancy is now the preferred supplier for a number of authorities, both for training their own staff and for supporting intensive programmes of professional development for middle and senior managers in their schools. One such example has now been established for over five years and is a central plank in the authority's educational development programme each year.
We work with a number of regional groups assisting with reviews, monitoring and the provision of advice in relation to their work. For instance, we have carried out a full review of special educational needs professional development provision in the 16 local education authorities nearby.
Working with us, primary schools benefit from opportunities to work individually or in local clusters. Many choose to establish a shared programme that meets their common needs and encourages the development of networks to share existing good practice.
Typical topics include:
• Intelligent self-evaluation in practice
• Keeping learning at the heart of teaching
• Maximising pupils' progress and achievement
• Making good use of school performance data
• Assessment for learning