We all know that money is in short supply so how do you get best value from your school improvement plans? Simple, NAHT Aspire…
With ever increasing financial and performance pressures the NAHT Aspire programme delivers outstanding value to schools and commissioning bodies. For example, the cost to a Local Authority of converting a school to an Academy is between £2,500 and £20,000* without considering any financial deficits the Authority may retain and money spent on school improvement services in the time taken to conversion. Alternatively, a full two year Aspire programme costs less, brings immediate challenge and support and develops capacity through a model that is sustained over time.
NAHT Aspire is a proven School Improvement programme that has been delivering consistently high outcomes for partner schools since its beginning in 2013. Designed in response to a DfE tender to help schools with multiple RI judgements and as an alternative to acadamisation, the programme has developed to include good and outstanding schools looking to retain and improve their judgements.
We are currently recruiting schools to join our latest round of the NAHT Aspire programme. Starting with NAHT Aspire Peer Reviews in the summer term the programme will be commencing in the new academic year.
Working in Networks encourages collaboration between school leadership teams engendered by the Aspire Peer Review that initiates the programme. School leaders set the agenda and content for their school improvement by the using the findings of the Peer Review and expert support from our advisers. Since 2013 NAHT Aspire has worked with:
Over 160 partner schools
106 have been inspected – 77% joined as RI or worse
Following inspection 68% are good or better
24 schools joined as good
Following Inspection 87% are good or outstanding
The programme has been fully evaluated by the University of Derby, is assured to BSI ISO 9001 and has been chosen by the DfE in a one year version to be delivered through the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF). It is applicable to maintained schools or academies, Trusts and local authorities; to quote a partner school:
“It is a real partnership working for the best of our learners. It is tailored to the needs of our school/academy and the leaders, at all levels, are empowered to lead and gain impact from their actions (their self-worth has grown)”. Glenn Livingstone Executive Headteacher, NAHT Aspire Partner Trust
*NAO report: Converting maintained schools to academies Key findings 17