The school improvement specialists

School improvement

External challenge and support is pivotal in raising standards within a school. B11 has a range of high quality school improvement advisers who can provide you with the robust challenge and support to help your school to flourish. Our experts constantly monitor the changes that are coming from the Department for Education and Ofsted so that they can support you every step of the way on your school improvement journey, no matter how much the education climate shifts.

The B11 consultants are experienced Ofsted Inspectors, former HMI and/or DfE Education Advisers. The role of the improvement adviser, along with our robust monitoring and evaluation systems will help to raise standards in your school by strengthening strategic leadership and accountability and adding capacity to the overall quality of education in your organisation.

How does it work?

  • Your expert school improvement specialist will visit your school on an agreed basis, normally every half term, to provide bespoke challenge and support to senior leaders, middle leaders and governors. This has been proven to help drive accurate and robust self-evaluation and improve the overall quality of education. 
  • Each half termly visit will have an agreed focus and series of activities designed to meet your brief, such as learning walks, work scrutiny, leadership meetings, curriculum scrutiny and discussion with pupils. 
  • Every visit will normally last five hours and conclude with detailed verbal feedback presented to the headteacher, and other senior leaders as needed at the end of the day. 
  • Notes from the visit with specific recommendations for action will then follow, so that leaders and governors have a record of the external monitoring. 
  • This service can be adapted for a single visit each term if preferred. 
  • Your improvement adviser can also act as the education adviser to governors when completing the annual appraisal of the headteacher/principal. 

Your improvement adviser provides an expert, external eye for the governing body. They can also support your leaders through an Ofsted inspection, should one occur during the duration of our support. If possible, they will be available to speak to the lead inspector and their notes of visit will provide important external evaluation for the inspectors to see. This could help strengthen any judgement of leadership and management and especially that of governance.

Your improvement adviser will provide just the right level of rigour and challenge needed to keep your school ahead of the rest, their support is key to helping you raise standards in your school. However, should you require a more in-depth examination of your school’s current position, we would advise one of our developmental school reviews.

To discuss what approach will work best for your school’s specific needs, contact us today.


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