We deliver informative training sessions on a variety of topics to:

  • support your school’s continuous professional development;


  • help you tackle challenging issues such as compliance with the independent school standards;


  • give you detailed information about how incoming changes will affect your school

This training is available in the form of:

  • customised in-house training;


  • external training workshops and;

  • soon, podcasts and online training.


Find out about upcoming and recent training events below:

Self-evaluation - getting it right!

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6 November 2019,  Pitcher & Piano, Brindley Place, Birmingham.

It's that time again - time for the annual self-evaluation. If you are responsible for co-ordinating your school's self-evaluation, this workshop is for you. During the workshop, you will use:

  • our updated template - "KPI for self-evaluation"

  • your last self-evaluation report;

  • and our expertise; 

to develop the skills you need to conduct an accurate evaluation of your school's overall effectiveness. An accurate self-evaluation is the first step towards improving the quality of education delivered at your school, so please come along and find out how you can get it right!

If you have already completed your annual self-evaluation, come and get the benefit of an independent analysis of your report to ensure that it is evaluative; that it clearly identifies your school's strengths and weaknesses; that it gives you a clear starting point for improvement planning.

How to ensure consistent compliance with the Independent School Standards


9 December  2019,  Pitcher & Piano, Brindley Place, Birmingham.

Ofsted statistics published on the 5th of September 2019 showed that:

  • 25% of Independent Schools inspected since September 2018* failed to meet the requirements of the Independent School Standards;

  • 52% of those that had a progress monitoring inspection during the same period failed to demonstrate that they had addressed previously un-met standards.

It is impossible for a school to be awarded a grade 2 during an Ofsted inspection if the standards are not met and when that happens some commissioners will reduce pupil referrals or begin withdrawing their pupils from those schools. Furthermore, if a school fails to meet the standards and is unable to address un-met standards during follow up monitoring inspections, the DfE can cancel their registration as a school!


We want to help schools avoid this by establishing a system which guarantees consistent compliance with the standards. So, we are inviting independent school Headteachers and SLTs to a training workshop titled "How to ensure consistent compliance with the independent school standards".


Through our work with independent schools we know why schools fail to meet the requirements of the standards and we have developed a proven strategy to ensure consistent compliance. We would like to share this strategy with schools. Join us on the 9th of December 2019 at in Birmingham! 


*whose reports were published by the 31/07/2019

Recent Training Events

How to ensure continuous compliance with the Independent School Standards 

22nd of July 2019, Aylesbury

I spent time with the most lively group of staff at an independent school in Aylesbury and we had interesting discussions while getting to grips with the requirements. Thank you for inviting me and for engaging so actively during the session. Staff said they found the audit tool useful and they even gave me an alternative acronym for the AREA strategy (for ensuring consistent compliance with the standards) which I will not share here for reasons only they will understand - thanks Lorraine.

When asked what they gained from the session this is what delegates said:

"Clearer understanding of standards and how to check/evidence." L Pearce - Assistant Headteacher

"Feeling more confident about addressing Ofsted issues, the audit tool seems really useful." - P. Morgan - Teacher of Mathematics

"How to audit for complaince. What the standards are." - J. Taruvinga - Teacher of Science

How to ensure continuous compliance with the Independent School Standards 

17th of July, Penta Hotel - Birmingham

On Wednesday, the 17th of July I delivered a training workshop about achieving consistent compliance with the independent school standards. The Headteachers, Teachers, Consultants who attended found it useful, particularly the audit tool that they received. They said they would recommend this workshop to others.


I would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the training workshop. Thank you for your feedback. When asked what they gained from the workshop this is what they said:

"A comprehensive understanding of the significance of the standards and an audit tool which will be really helpful. Networking and meeting other people." C. Woolford - Headteacher

"A renewed focus on ISS! Update on changes from september in relation to grade. Inspiration to improve check and audit of ISS with new description tool. "K. Landells - Headteacher

" Understanding the standards in more depth. Using the audit tool, finding the minor details that are easily missed. Networking." M. Turnock - Teacher of Mathematics

"Clearer understanding of standards ideas of how to be compliant and mentor very useful tracker + checker." L. Parkinson - Headteacher

Improving Pupil Progress - Lets add value!

21st of June 2019, Oldbury; 

I would like to thank the independent school Headteachers and Teachers who attended our training workshop about maximising pupil progress. We explored a variety of strategies for ensuring that pupils know more, remember more and can do more in the limited time they usually have as they tend to get referred to independent schools towards the end of Key Stage 4.


Thank you for so actively contributing to the discussions and for your feedback which we will use to continuously improve your experience. When asked what they gained from the session attendees said:


“Different strategies for improving progress; interleaving…” M. Darke - Assistant Headteacher


“I found the information beneficial for my role” S. Kemp - Centre Manager


“There was a very good explanation about monitoring progress…” H. Al- Hassan - Proprietor & Headteacher

The 2019 Education Inspection Framework - what it means for your school

22nd March 2019, Oldbury; 24th April 2019 - Towcester & Milton Keynes; 

3rd May 2019 -  Partington; 3rd June 2019 - Andover

This is what delegates said they gained from the workshop:

"A chance to have time to really consider the main changes and how it affects my schools..." C. Swift - School Principal

"Good outline of the incoming framework. Helped indentify areas that I need to improve in my practice." J. King

"My understanding is far more comprehensive and I am confident in how I will be able to adjust my practice to show I am working within the framework." Susan. H

"A clearer understanding of the changes and the impact it will have on my school. The need to prepare the staff team with what to expect." M. McQuillan - Headteacher


"Less fearful of Ofsted" P. Aimirau

How to ensure consistent compliance with the Independent School Standards

5th April 2019 - external workshop at the Oldbury venue in the photo

23rd April 2019 - inhouse workshop at a school in Milton Keynes 

This is what delegates said they gained from the workshop:

"Increased my understanding of the structure of the ISS and how we can monitor our compliance in school. I think AREA is a simple but effective acronym for the process." S. Stacey - Assistant Headteacher

"Greater understanding of the requirements. Excellent resources. Excellent reference points for further guidance and advice." E. Butler - Assistant Headteacher

"I have more of an understanding of why independent schools fail and of what it takes to maintain the standards of the independent standards." S. Dean

"An understanding of the impact of the Independent School Assessment Framework, on us as a school and how we can implement a process to enable meeting the requirements." D. Bosdet

Developing Mathematics & English Skills across the curriculum

30th April 2019 at Values Academy, Birmingham

This is what delegates said they gained from the workshop:

"To be able to develop practical methods of embedding and contextualising maths and english across the curriculum." A. Calliste - Teacher of Mathematics

Good understanding of contextualising and embedding. Looking at ways to successfully indentify and deliver, maths and english adding value to the student experience." D. Lovegrove - Teacher of Art

Planning and supporting in other subjects will increase progress." H. Ladha - Teacher of Mathematics

Feedback & Progress

30th April 2019 at Values Academy, Birmingham

This is what delegates said they gained from the workshop:

"New knowledge about some feedback techniques. Discussion about school wide marking and feedback. Ways of measuring progress." J. Phelps, Teacher of Science

"I have learned a number of useful techniques for providing feedback and DIRT." (Dedicated Improvement & Reflection Time) - A. Calliste, Teacher of Mathematics

I discovered there had been studies undertaken which proved the effectiveness of high-quality feedback." - S. O'Cleary - Teacher of English

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