Consultancy Packages

Nick Flesher has experience of delivering a range of programmes to support school development. These programmes encompass the key areas for school development work:

1. Self evaluation

Rigorous self-evaluation is crucial for any successful school.
This programme will address:

  • Creating a systematic approach to identifying whole school strengths and areas for development
  • Setting targets for improvement
  • Establishing and sharing school improvement priorities across the school and its wider community
  • Planning the effective use of resources to sustain improvement
  • Designing and implementing a cycle of self-evaluation with appropriate targets and timeframes

2. Reviewing attainment and progress

Effective schools monitor pupil attainment and progress closely using the outcomes to maximise school development.
This programme will address:

  • Effective analysis of assessment data to establish patterns of pupil attainment and progress to inform school development
  • Setting pupil targets that are informed by data analysis and effective tracking of pupil attainment and progress over time
  • Developing and implementing a shared whole school expectation of pupil attainment at each age phase with a sound understanding of what represents good and better pupil progress
  • Supporting staff to track pupil progress towards end of year pupil targets
  • Ensuring that high quality teaching is informed by tracking pupil progress
  • Sharing progress and attainment information with parents and pupils along with planned next steps in learning

3. Action planning for school development

Establishing a clear “outcomes driven” development plan, which is monitored regularly is the key to achieving high quality school development.
This programme will address:

  • Planning school actions and external support that focus on the same priorities
  • Setting termly expectations for pupil progress informed by the tracking of assessment data
  • Establishing plans with clear success criteria understood by all staff and with regular reviews
  • Ensuring clear lines of accountability with actions carried out on time, monitored and evaluated
  • Creating action plans that drive improvements in learning, progress and attainment

4. Planning systematic staff professional development

The best professional development targets both staff and school development needs.
This programme will address:

  • Ensuring professional development is linked to improving quality first teaching in the classroom
  • Ensuring professional development is linked to school development priorities
  • Exploring how peer-to-peer lesson studies can support professional development
  • Planning for professional development that allows staff to practice, apply and learn collaboratively
  • Monitoring and evaluating professional development and how we share good practice across the school

5. Establishing a strategic approach to developing the quality of teaching and learning

A learning focused classroom will provide the context for all pupils to make progress.
This programme will address:

  • Securing teacher subject knowledge and understanding of progression across the curriculum
  • Developing teachers’ knowledge of effective teaching strategies
  • Ensuring all pupils understand what they are learning, how to improve and are able to reflect on their achievements
  • Sharing the learning journey and next steps in learning with parents and carers

6.Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing

The most successful schools have a systematic and clear approach for monitoring, evaluating and reviewing their development work.
This programme will address:

  • Developing a monitoring cycle involving a range of staff
  • Adapting action plans in response to monitoring and evaluation
  • Implementing pupil progress meetings which result in specific outcomes for improving pupil achievement
  • Establishing, amongst all staff, professional accountability for progress and attainment
  • Sharing outcomes from monitoring and evaluation with all stakeholders
  • Developing opportunities for pupil conferencing to engage pupils in their learning and achievements