Sir David Carter: “There are no “silver bullets” in schools. The things that really make a difference take time” #Teach2017.
NAHT Aspire has been designed with these exact principles in mind. NAHT Aspire is a partnership approach to school improvement. There is no catalogue of courses and no imposed set of strategies. Instead, there are flexible tools and resources to be shaped and developed to meet the distinctive needs and priorities of each individual school, wherever they are on their journey.
It is a three year, research based partnership that is designed to build capacity within participating schools to bring about durable improvement. Typically, schools work in networks of schools, supported by Achievement Advisers.
Headteachers and designated middle leaders share network days together each term which are followed up in the schools. Whilst it is not designed as a ‘quick fix’ the Partnership does include elements aimed at addressing urgent pupil progress issues from the start.
The University of Derby evaluated the pilot for NAHT Aspire. They concluded:
“All the participating schools both understand the school improvement model that they are working to, agree that it is an appropriate one to use and think that it is comprehensive; the majority of schools said that they felt they had control over their futures, and plans and a strategy to make positive change happen; 95% reported that the process made them think about new approaches to school improvement”.