- 95% of survey respondents believed that the NAHT Aspire school improvement programme was either very appropriate or appropriate for the whole school.
- 88% of survey respondents found that the five strand design covered all or most areas of school improvement.
- 63% 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
- Pilot schools have made twice the improvement of schools nationally for both progress and attainment with strong gains in Mathematics at level 5
- Gains shown over the two years are comparable to those found in sponsored academies
- Both case studies and survey respondents (90%) were overwhelmingly positive about their experiences and the impact on the whole school
- 78% of survey respondents believed that NAHT Aspire has provided good value for money,
- Scope for improvements moving forward focus on the transitioning of schools into the programme, bringing forward aspects that target pupil progress and tailoring the model for small schools.
What participating schools have said
About the model
Teachers and headteachers wrote:
About the Network Days
Every respondent felt that these events were professionally run and their positive responses to the questions below demonstrate the value placed on them. (62 respondents)
How the schools felt about the future
As a result of their participation schools are generally more positive and confident about the future, as shown below by their survey responses:
|90%||Believe the NAHT Aspire programme has been successful or very successful in their school.|
|95%||Believe their school will change for the better in the next year.|
|91%||Believe that the NAHT Aspire model of school improvement will be sustainable in their school for the long-term|
A subset of six schools, two of which have had particularly turbulent times, have been followed up more intensely by the researchers.
Perceptions of headteachers
Perceptions of governors
Governors have played a key role in the implementation of NAHT Aspire. Most respondents suggest that the NAHT Aspire programme allowed governors to become more engaged in school improvement. One governor sums up the impact of NAHT Aspire on governance.
Perceptions of Local Authorities
Though there are varying degrees of knowledge and engagement with NAHT Aspire across LAs, one senior adviser noted about their local school:
Value for money
The evaluators noted that schools feel they are getting all the support that the school needs, diminishing the need to invest in other forms of school improvement or professional support.