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  • Developing and implementing the school vision Is there advice on developing a school vision? This article includes advice from two of The Key's education experts, on using workshops to help develop a school vision and ensuring that the vision is known and owned by the whole school community. You will also find three school case studies.
  • School vision statements: examples Are there examples of school vision statements? We look at examples of vision statements from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find links to further information about developing and implementing the school vision.
  • Subject leadership: developing and promoting a vision How can we develop and implement a vision for a subject? We link to advice on creating a vision in maths, English and geography and relay advice on promoting a subject vision from one of our experts. You will also find case studies from two schools.
  • Vision and mission statements: guidance and case studies How can I create vision and mission statements for my school? We look at case studies showing how schools have involved stakeholders in the creation of vision and mission statements, and how a new academy developed its mission. We also include advice from one of our associate education experts.
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  • Features of an 'outstanding' EYFS setting Are there examples of excellent nursery and reception classes? This article features an Ofsted good practice video and a case study from an 'outstanding' nursery school. It also cites comments from inspection reports referring to 'outstanding' early years provision.
  • Leadership in 'outstanding' schools What kind of leadership makes a school ‘outstanding’? We look at the School Inspection Handbook, which includes the criteria for ‘outstanding’ leadership, and an annual report from Ofsted. We also highlight comments on leadership in inspection reports from ‘outstanding’ schools.
  • Making a school 'outstanding': examples of strategies Have a look at advice from 2 of our associate experts on what makes a school 'outstanding' and how you can get there. You can also learn about the strategies one school used to move from special measures to ‘outstanding’ in the space of 3 years.
  • 'Outstanding' interventions: guidance According to Ofsted, what are ‘outstanding’ interventions? We relay advice from Ofsted explaining that it does not evaluate individual interventions. We also link to recommendations from a National College report, and relay examples of how 'outstanding' schools conduct interventions.
  • Outstanding practice in alternative provision What makes outstanding alternative provision? We look at best practice advice from the DfE and the NFER. We explain that alternative provision (AP) is inspected by Ofsted under the section 5 handbook, and link to examples of 'outstanding' inspection reports from two AP free schools and a pupil referral unit (PRU).
  • Progressing teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding' (primary) How do I improve teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding'? Three of our associate experts suggest how to make a primary lesson 'outstanding'. We also link to examples of inspection reports from schools which have moved from 'good' to 'outstanding' in Ofsted's judgements on their teaching.
  • Progressing teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding' (secondary) How can a school improve its teaching to 'outstanding'? We look at how to improve your quality of teaching, including what Ofsted says, and how pupil progress influences this judgement. We also link to The Key’s CPD Toolkit module on excellent teaching.
  • Progressing teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding': special schools How can a special school progress teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding'? We relay advice from two 'outstanding' special schools and one of our associate education experts. We also look at Ofsted inspection reports containing advice to improve teaching from 'good' to 'outstanding'.
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  • Action plans for the Early Years Foundation Stage See examples of EYFS action plans from primary schools. We also link to guidance on writing school improvement plans and post-Ofsted action plans.
  • Action plans to raise attainment of boys (primary) Underachievement for boys is a concern for many primary schools. We look at examples of plans that include objectives for raising the attainment of boys in primary schools. We also link to further information on strategies that can be used to narrow attainment gaps between boys and girls.
  • Effective action planning: subject and departmental leads Download our subject/departmental action plan template. Follow our guidance to find out how to write your strategic plan, and know what common mistakes to avoid.
  • English and maths action plans: examples (secondary) Get ideas for your English and maths action plans with these examples from schools.
  • How to organise your monitoring schedule Find out how you can monitor with purpose so you don't overload staff with unnecessary monitoring. Plus, see examples of policies from schools.
  • Improving teaching and learning: action plans Be inspired by action plans from primary, secondary and special schools that moved from 'requires improvement' to 'good' and from 'good' to 'outstanding.'
  • Linking subject plans to the school improvement plan How can we link our subject plans to our school improvement plan (SIP)? One of our associate education experts explains how schools might link individual subject plans to the SIP. This article also looks at how three schools have linked their SIPs and subject/department plans.
  • Linking your school improvement plan to your budget Find out why it’s important you closely align your budget with your school improvement plan (SIP), and see examples of how schools are doing this.
  • Literacy and maths action plans: examples (primary) Download our subject action planning template, and use our sample action plans for guidance. See examples of English and maths action plans from other primary schools.
  • Long-term strategic plans: guidance and examples This article relays advice from two of our associate education experts on producing and monitoring a long-term strategic plan. We also link to examples of long-term strategic plans from primary and secondary schools and a multi-academy trust.
  • Make pupil feedback count: how one SLT hears from every pupil, every year The Marlborough Science Academy revolutionised pupil voice by introducing weekly feedback sessions across the entire school and making regular improvements in response. Here's how this SLT did it, and how you can too.
  • Phonics aims in action plans Find out how schools are improving the way they teach phonics. See examples of phonics action plans, including as part of a school improvement plan and pupil premium strategy.
  • Post-inspection action plans Learn whether producing a post-inspection action plan is required in maintained schools, academies and independent schools. Download and adapt our template action plan, and see examples of plans from schools.
  • Premises development plans: template Is there a template for a premises development plan? In this article, we include a KeyDoc template for a premises development plan.
  • Raising attainment plans Raising attainment plans (RAPs) are tactical, short-term plans to help schools raise standards. Learn how they work, who's involved, and how it differs from a school improvement plan. You can also see examples of RAPs from schools.
  • Reading action plans (primary) Download and adapt our Key Stage 2 (KS2) reading action plan template to help you create your own, and see examples of reading action plans from other schools.
  • School improvement planning: role of governors Find out how to involve your governors when writing and monitoring your school improvement plan. You can also see examples of school improvement plans from a range of schools
  • School improvement plans based on the 2019 Ofsted framework (primary) Use our template to create a school improvement plan (SIP) based on the 2019 Ofsted framework. See examples of SIPs from a range of primary schools.
  • School improvement plans: EYFS See how primary schools like yours cover the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in their SIPs.
  • School improvement plans: primary Download our annotated school improvement plan (SIP) to learn how to develop your plan and decide what to include and why. It features advice and tips from an ‘outstanding’ school. Read on to find examples of SIPs from other primary schools like you.
  • School improvement plans: secondary Download our annotated school improvement plan (SIP) to learn how to develop your plan and decide what to include and why. It features advice and tips from an ‘outstanding’ school. Read on to find examples of SIPs from other secondary schools like you.
  • School improvement plans: special schools Having an effective school improvement plan (SIP) will support you in achieving your priorities. Use the examples of SIPs from special schools below to get inspiration for creating your own, and see how other schools have structured theirs.
  • School improvement plan: template and checklist Download our school improvement plan (SIP) template and a checklist to help you evaluate your SIP. You'll also find out how you can monitor its implementation.
  • Science action plans (primary) Are there examples of action plans for science? We refer to examples of action plans for science from maintained primary schools and an academy. We also link to another article which has a downloadable template for department and subject action plans.
  • SENCO action plans Download our action plan template for a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). We also look at special educational needs (SEN) action plans from schools.
  • SMSC development: action plans Are there examples of action plans for SMSC development? In this article, we look at spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development action plans from schools. You will also find links to school improvement plans that include actions relating to SMSC development.
  • Template for writing a case study on classroom practice Is there a template for writing a case study? We have worked with one of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc template for a case study. It contains a suggested structure and series of prompts to help you decide what to include. We also link to further case study examples from The Key.
  • Whole-school pastoral action plans Download our template for a whole-school pastoral action plan and a sample completed plan. You will also find examples of school approaches to planning for improving pastoral provision.
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