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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.

In a nutshell

What's the approach? 

  • Unity Schools Partnership has developed a standardised grading system that's underpinned by specific criteria, covering 5 areas (find out what these are in the grey box below). Each area is graded 1 to 6
  • The trust uses the system to build an accurate picture of where each school is at in its improvement journey and how it compares to other schools in the trust and nationally

Why this approach? 

Determine school improvement priorities  Report to the board of trustees, giving them an accurate and strategic overview of each school Drive school-to-school collaboration. Headteachers have access to each other's grades so they can seek support from schools that are doing well in an area Plan joint CPD for staff by identifying skills gaps and weaknesses across the trust. It also sets up peer-learning groups off the back of this joint CPD Encourage professional development.

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