inspiring outstanding leaders

Top 10 features of schools that excel against the odds

In Uncategorized on 2 November 2009 at 10:17 pm

I came across an article today on the Ofsted website that I enjoyed reading:

"Why some schools excel against the odds where others struggle".

Here are the Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert’s top 10 reasons that 12 outstanding schools excel against the odds:

  • They excel at what they do, not just occasionally but for a high proportion of the time.
  • They prove constantly that disadvantage need not be a barrier to achievement, that speaking English as an additional language can support academic success and that schools really can be learning communities.
  • They put students first, invest in their staff and nurture their communities.
  • They have strong values and high expectations that are applied consistently and never relaxed.
  • They fulfil individual potential through providing outstanding teaching, rich opportunities for learning, and encouragement and support for each student.
  • They are highly inclusive, having complete regard for the educational progress, personal development and well-being of every student.
  • Their achievements do not happen by chance, but by highly reflective, carefully planned and implemented strategies which serve these schools well in meeting the many challenges which obstruct the path to success.
  • They operate with a very high degree of internal consistency.
  • They are constantly looking for ways to improve further.
  • They have outstanding and well-distributed leadership.

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