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  • Coronavirus: lessons learnt from lockdown 3 trust leaders tell us how they adapted their practices in lockdown and what they intend to keep, improve, start and stop doing as a result. See if their pointers work for you and inspire fruitful discussions across your trust.
  • How to engage and empower your pupils, parents and staff Learn how The Compass Partnership of Schools built a thriving community where staff, pupils and parents have a say on trust development. Trust leader John Camp explains how this approach has led to high staff retention, engaged parents and pupils who feel part of something more than just their school. Find out how you can achieve this too.
  • How to follow up an Ofsted inspection at one of your schools Follow our guide so that you can provide effective support to your schools after they've been inspected by Ofsted. We go through the steps you should take whether your school is judged 'outstanding' or 'inadequate'.
  • How to plan effective self-evaluation across your trust Self-evaluation is an essential aspect of continuous improvement. Chris Kirk, director of CJK Associates, shares his principles of strong self-evaluation and what these mean in practice.
  • How to use a standardised school-grading system to drive improvement: case study You need an accurate picture of the strengths and weaknesses across your schools so you can prioritise effectively and report to the board. Stephen Astley from Unity Schools Partnership shares how his trust uses a standardised grading system to achieve this. Follow his tips to implement this approach in your trust too.
  • Ofsted 'summary evaluations' of MATs: explainer Summary evaluations are Ofsted's new approach to gathering findings about a trust. Find out what happens at each stage of the process and what will be expected of you and your leadership team.
  • Ofsted's visits 2020/2021 Ofsted will carry out 'visits, not inspections' of academies during the autumn term. Learn what it'll focus on and what it’ll publish, so you know what to expect. Plus, see what the situation is for EYFS providers.
  • The 2019 Ofsted framework: summary of changes Find out about the key changes to Ofsted's inspection framework, which come into force in September 2019.