Monthly Archives: January 2014


Aspire, NAHT school improvement programme, makes strong start

Aspire, NAHT school improvement programme, makes strong start. School leaders’ union NAHT has welcomed the first independent evaluation of its pilot school improvement programme, which indicates the scheme has made a strong start. NAHT introduced the programme, Aspire, last year to help 30 primary schools in the ‘requires improvement’ category get to ‘good’ in three years. NAHT Aspire works with the schools to build capacity and sustainability for improvement for the longer term. The programme draws together clusters of schools to gain advice from peers and experts to help tackle specific issues blocking a school’s progress. NAHT members in successful schools provide oversight of the clusters. A report into the progress of Aspire conducted independently by the University of Derby shows that, after the first few months of the programme, participants are making positive progress: six out of the 30 schools have already achieved a ‘good’ rating early in the three year programme. Of the 66 respondents who answered an online survey about their early experience of Aspire: 100 per cent said the initial phase designed to help schools identify problems and draw up a plan of action was professionally supported; 98 per cent said the early analysis had helped them to prioritise actions to support change; 95 per cent said the process made them think about new approaches to school improvement. When asked what had changed in their schools as a consequence of taking part in the initial analysis, quotes included: Staff morale is better, improved teaching, improved target-setting, improved understanding and analysis of data, improved marking Tighter focus on teaching and learning as core to raising standards We have very precise areas that we know need rapid action, feel confident about those areas [...]

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