Aspire is the NAHT’s flagship, research based, ISO9001 accredited, school improvement programme that recognises that ‘quick wins’ can, and do, need to be rapidly achieved but sustainable improvement takes time to embed, and is entirely dependent on building the capacity and capability of the school’s own team.
Developed from the DFE sponsored 2013 Pilot programme and independently evaluated by the University of Derby the Aspire programme typically works with networks of 4 – 6 schools. Recent developments include Aspire for small schools, the Aspire Connect model for pre-existing school networks and federations, where it is being used as a blueprint to develop improvement strategies for Multi Academy Trusts and most recently with a new single school model.
Aspire Components are for schools with a sharper focus to improve and use elements of the programme to address specific areas such as Leadership or Teaching & Learning. Aspire partnerships last from one to three years and can and do extend beyond. Aspire is for all schools who are committed to improvement, regardless of their size, setting, Ofsted rating or local context and it builds on the expertise, capacity and good practice that exists in every school.