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Developmental school

Can you convince Ofsted that your governors and leaders have an accurate view of your school? Irrespective of a impending Ofsted inspection, each and every school will have areas for development – the key is identifying them. The most in-depth of all our external assessments, our rigorous developmental school reviews, do just that. We assess the accuracy of your self-evaluation, providing an accurate and detailed view of your school’s strengths and areas for development. Delivered in a rigorous yet developmental way by our team of highly skilled and experienced Ofsted inspectors, this premium review aims to drive further improvement and build better outcomes for all.

So, what is the key to ensuring the above works for your school? In a nutshell, personalisation. Perhaps you are running an outstanding school wanting to retain its rating or facing challenges heading up a school identified as requiring improvement. Or it could be that you are leading a multi- academy trust, with a host of different schools each requiring different levels of developmental
support. Regardless of your needs, what we do is bespoke. This means that, while we use the current Ofsted framework as the backbone of this robust health check, the scope and intensity of our work is all customised and agreed with you in advance.

We have been delighted with the service offered by B11 Education. Everything from the initial discussion to our experience of the Developmental Reviews and Peer Review training has been excellent. Our needs and requirements were listened to, and the service that has been provided has been bespoke to meet these requirements. We have developed a true partnership with our Consultant and feedback from our schools has been really positive regarding the actual review process and the many professional learning opportunities for our Middle and Senior leaders.

Jacky Tattershall, ACEO, Nexus Multi Academy Trust

How does it work?

  • You have the option to choose from a one-day notice developmental exercise (Ofsted style) or, together with your school’s leadership team, we can agree dates in advance that best reflect your school, allowing us to delve into the core of its workings.
  • The number of consultants deployed is dependent on the size of the school and the requirements of its leaders. We would recommend two consultants spending two days on site as a starting point for discussion.
  • Once the visits are timetabled, our lead consultant will spend a day preparing for the review. This will enable them to analyse the school’s self-evaluation documentation, latest Ofsted report, school website and published results data. They will also ensure that other consultants, peer headteachers and/or school leaders joining the review receive a concise written briefing so that they are well-informed prior to visiting.
  • Once in school, a series of activities will take place, such as learning walks, work scrutiny, leadership meetings, document scrutiny, pupil discussion and feedback.
  • At the end of each visit, verbal feedback will be given to the headteacher and others as required by the client. All feedback, both verbal and written, will be clear, concise, based on an accurate evaluation of the evidence collected, and delivered in a supportive and developmental manner.
  • A comprehensive report with specific recommendations for action will then be prepared and submitted to the school within two weeks of the last day on site for a factual accuracy check.

Staying in control of the issues your school faces before they cause a problem is hugely important in today’s education climate. If you would like to discuss how your school can benefit from one of our developmental school reviews, arrange a free consultation with us today.


“An excellent service – allowing leaders to reflect and develop their own solutions in an evaluative and constructive environment.”

Ed Whitehead, Headteacher – Lees Primary School

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