#NAHT2016 - Independent research shows NAHT’s Aspire project a credible pathway for school improvement Today (Sunday 1 May) school leaders’ union NAHT publishes an independent report into its Aspire programme. The Aspire programme was piloted in a most challenging way, working alongside groups of primary schools across England in the ‘requires improvement’ category in order to help them move to ‘good’ or better. Today, independent research from the University of Derby shows that the programme is an effective and sustainable way of helping schools to improve standards. It shows that: Pilot schools have made twice the improvement of schools nationally for both progress and attainment with exceptional gains in Mathematics at level 5 as compared to national averages. Half of the schools have demonstrated a transformational improvement of 10 per cent or more in the percentage of pupils attaining Level 4 or above in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined. 63 per cent of pilot schools have been inspected by Ofsted and rated as good over the course of the NAHT Aspire programme with more forecast by the end of the third year. Both case studies and survey respondents (90 per cent) were overwhelmingly positive about their experiences and the impact on the whole school. The report also highlights opportunities for government, NAHT and schools to further develop the Aspire approach in the light of evolving education policy. It recommends that: Rolling out the programme - NAHT should promote the programme to ‘coasting’ and good schools Funding opportunities - The Department for Education has invested considerable resource in this project. The evaluation has demonstrated that the programme is value for money when compared with the costs of academisation and offers an economic [...]
Congratulations to Somerhill Junior School in Hove who have received strong endorsement from Ofsted inspectors for the outstanding leadership and behaviour at the school. “Pupils’ enjoyment of school is infectious and they are very positive about all that the school offers. They arrive in the morning with smiles on their faces and leave looking forward to what they will be learning the next day. A large group of pupils in the playground agreed with one who said, ‘It’s great coming here. It’s so much fun to learn new things here and the teachers are great.’” “All leaders make an excellent contribution to creating a calm, hard-working, motivated school community where a culture of respect, strong values and excellent attitudes prevails.” For the past five terms, Somerhill Junior School has been a part of the NAHT Aspire school improvement programme. The full inspection report can be found on the Ofsted website.
A new online version of the Quality Framework for Learning and Teaching has been launched by EdisonLearning, the first in a new family of web-based School Improvement tools being developed to address some of the key challenges facing school leaders and governors today. Based on the original Quality Framework for Learning and Teaching resource which has been extensively used in schools since 2010, and which forms a key component of the NAHT’s Aspire programme, QFLT Online provides an accessible and transparent platform through which teachers can reflect on their practice and be supported on their journey to become an outstanding professional practitioner. Further information on the Quality Framework for Learning and Teaching is available here.