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We are looking for 8 secondary schools to pilot the new ‘Great State Schools’ quality standard.

The benchmark will recognise excellent schools that are forward thinking, have high achievement, personalised learning, happy students and high quality staff development.

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Great State Schools

Frequently asked questions..

1. What are the aims of the Great State Schools programme?

The aims are to:

  • recognise excellent state schools that are forward thinking, have high achievement, personalised learning, happy students and high quality staff development;
  • recognise and enable the generation of best practice in state education; and
  • award the ‘Great State Schools’ quality standard for a period of four years.

2. Which schools can take part?

Initially 8 secondary schools will pilot the standard.

3. How confidential is the process?

The programme is completely confidential. Feedback will be given only to the Headteacher and Chair of Governors of the individual pilot schools. The names of the pilot schools will be confidential.

4. When does the Great State Schools programme begin?

The programme begins in September 2010. Assessment will probably be available from early 2011.

5. How much does membership of the programme cost?

The programme fee per pilot school is £2,995 (plus VAT). This includes the 3 programme conferences, 3 school visits by the Great State Schools Programme Leader or a Senior Consultant and administrative costs. This fee is paid in advance.

A fee for the optional assessment is in addition to the programme fee and covers the cost of the assessment process including scrutinisation of the school submission, a one-day assessment visit to the school, adjudication by the Great State Schools Awards Committee and a summary report.

6. What does the programme include?

The programme includes:

  • 3 half-day conferences for senior leaders;
  • 3 school visits by the Programme Leader or a Senior Consultant;
  • feedback reports provided on the day of each visit for senior leaders;
  • sharing of best practice between the pilot schools.

7. How will the school be assessed?

Assessment is optional. The school provides evidence against the benchmarks to the Great State Schools Assessor who scrutinises the school submission, completes a one-day visit to the school and the summary report. The Great State Schools Awards Committee oversees the process, adjudicates and confirms the final decision to the school.

8. What is each school expected to do?

Each school will be expected to commit to the following:

  • the headteacher and nominated member of the senior team to attend all 3 pilot conferences;
  • the headteacher and nominated member of the senior team to be present during the consultant visits for the morning review and afternoon feedback;
  • participation in the pilot programme to be formally agreed by Governors; and
  • sharing experiences with the other pilot schools.

Pilot schools are encouraged to put themselves forward for assessment but the assessment stage is optional.

Great State Schools Enquiry Form

Thank you for your interest in the Great State Schools pilot. Please complete the form and we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss next steps. All information that you provide is confidential.

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