This Ofsted survey report explores how some of the best headteachers have raised standards and strengthened leadership in their schools. Detailed case studies look at how 12 headteachers improved their schools to good or outstanding, including what they did to improve the quality of teaching and the curriculum.
The report draws on evidence from good practice case study visits, headteacher focus groups and previous Ofsted survey reports. It identifies the main characteristics of the schools that have improved to become good or outstanding. It highlights the importance of determined leadership from headteachers, high quality professional development and rigorous performance management of staff. The report also identifies ways of increasing the effectiveness of governing bodies, often from a position of relative weakness.