What is the Outstanding Departments Programme?

Our Outstanding Departments Programme is designed to lift the performance of your department by at least a grade (e.g from Good to Outstanding). Our CPD professionals, with a wealth of experience in CPD and leadership development, will work with you to objectively asses the current performance of your team and deliver a tailored programme of improvement to support your journey towards outstanding.

This intensive programme for Heads of Department, Department teams and the senior leadership team will explore, analyse and identify the factors that will contribute to an outstanding department in your school. The overall aim of the programme is to lift the quality of departments, both large and small, to good or outstanding.


“Outstanding departments achieve enhanced teaching
and learning, excellent team cohesion and exceptional
pupil outcomes.”

The Programme

The Programme has been designed to work in individual schools, in MATS, across Alliances and any other interested group of schools.

We offer two levels of the Outstanding Departments Programme:

Standard: Offering the minimum level of investment for maximum return. A 6 day programme, designed to work across a 6 – 8 week period.

Enhanced: The gold standard of departmental interventions. Our enhanced programme will really put your department through its paces.
A 10 day programme, designed to work over one or two terms.

The power of the programme comes from three key areas:

  1. The Diagnostic: Essential to the whole process, the Diagnostic and accompanying written report forms the basis of the entire programme and gives full prominence to the necessary steps needed to reach ‘Outstanding.’
  2. Outstanding Leadership: Focussing on raising standards of leadership to outstanding
  3. Team Excellence: Developing outstanding team excellence, cohesion and effectiveness

The programme benefits and outcomes?

  • Raised standards of departmental leadership
  • Raised quality of teaching, learning and pupil attainment
  • Developed outstanding team excellence sustained
  • Established culture of high expectations and accountability
  • Full written Diagnostic Report for baseline comparison on distance travelled.

Who will be Delivering the Programmes?

We have a team of expert trainers for the Outstanding Departments Programme who are experts in supporting school improvement and are able to demonstrate outstanding leadership. All have experience of leadership at both senior and middle levels, and teaching experience across a range of contexts, subjects and phases.

Further Info:

  • Trainers can work with more than one department at a time
  • The training programmes are planned to work over a 6 – 8 week period
  • However, schools can opt to take the programme over a longer period up to one academic year, or in a condensed period across 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Trainers can return to school 6 – 12 months following the completion of the programme to help ensure improvements are embedded and outcomes maximised.

The next step

If you and interested in exploring this further and would like to discuss the Outstanding Departments Programme with a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Keynote Educational Ltd, 50a Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1NT
01625 532 974