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Traded services

Our traded services help provide the best learning environments for our children.

School standards service – Advisory service

Reading – Outstanding school challenge

We are a highly experienced group of specialist education professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people. We provide high quality support, advice and training to assist schools in raising attainment, accelerating progress, narrowing achievement gaps and support schools on their journey to achieve a positive OfSTED judgement and challenging good and outstanding schools to continue to develop excellent practice. In addition we also offer bespoke services designed to address particular objectives.

Key service features

  • In depth knowledge of local schools supporting them in reaching and sustaining excellence
  • Core and bespoke support services which offer excellent value for money
  • High quality, professional and highly skilled staff with a vast range of experience, professional skills and specialist qualifications
  • Bespoke services can be moulded to different circumstances and outcomes
  • Our advisors are highly skilled and have extensive, successful experience as school standards professionals, have experience of, and training in, the Ofsted inspection framework
  • Have extensive, successful experience of working in and facilitating partnership with (and between) schools and academies, and with other stakeholders such as parents, governors, Ofsted, and local and central government

Benefits for schools

  • Promotes a reflective culture within schools
  • Schools fully aware of updates to national policy
  • Schools receive appropriate support during periods of educational change to ensure progress is sustained
  • The development of high-quality learning for all pupils
  • The continued development of expertise and capacity in the leadership at all levels
  • Support to evaluate performance, identify priorities and plan effective change
  • Improvement in the progress and outcomes for all by raising achievement and closing attainment gaps
  • Engagement in, and the facilitation of, action research and lesson studies with other schools to fine-tune next steps in learning and deepen understanding

Our service in detail

Officers assist schools by providing bespoke support packages according to individual schools needs including good and outstanding schools. Outcomes will be evidenced in terms of impact on pupils’ outcomes, groups of pupils and practitioner practice.

Examples of the types of support that can be delivered include:

  • Challenge guidance and support for school improvement and maximising achievement
  • Analysis of a comprehensive range of pupil performance data and access to expert advice and guidance on its use
  • Challenge guidance and support to quality assure and develop teaching and learning
  • Professional development and support for leaders and governors in areas such as in-school assessment, tracking of pupil progress, raising achievement in relation to both the school and the national context
  • Support for school self-evaluation in line with the current Ofsted framework
  • Co-ordinating learning partnerships to support professional development and school improvement
  • Targeted monitoring, evaluation and developmental feedback on teaching and learning
  • Pre and post Ofsted support including support for action planning and monitoring visits
  • Specialist support across all phases for English and mathematics
  • Mentoring and coaching of staff and support for teams
  • Support and guidance for underachieving and ‘at risk’ pupils/groups of pupils
  • Bespoke professional development packages tailored to support for individuals or groups of staff
  • Curriculum development support
  • Support for performance management
  • Any other bespoke support in negotiation with the local authority

Our service standards

Our Officers will:

  • Act as a critical professional friend to the school
  • Help schools’ leadership to evaluate performance, identify priorities for improvement, and plan effective change
  • Support the building of the school’s capacity to improve the attainment and progress of all pupils, and to improve other key
    outcomes that have a bearing on pupils’ achievement
  • Provide detailed verbal and written feedback to Head Teacher and others as appropriate
  • Remain fully up-to-date with all local and national initiatives and current policy


This is an annual service which will be invoiced 50% at the end of the summer term and 50% at the end of the autumn term. Any additional costs will be invoiced at the end of the financial year.

Standard terms and conditions apply.

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