Optimising the Use of Good Practice

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


Developing systems that help deliver outstanding provision

Schools, colleges and training providers are under relentless pressure to deliver continuous improvement; during inspection this, along with the quality of teaching, still remains a key determinate for “Grade 1” or “Outstanding” provision.  

Unfortunately many organisations fail to pay sufficient attention to this important area.  For example, more than half of the full inspection reports for FE College published between 01 September 2012 and 20 August 2013 contained recommendations to set up or improve systems for sharing good practice.

Schools, colleges and training providers are expected to do things better by spreading and embedding their most effective practices - and by learning from the highly effective practices of other organisations.   The overriding goal being to raise the standard of peoples’ work across the whole of the organisation to such a level that it becomes outstanding, thereby ensuring all students and learners are properly supported, make rapid and sustained progress and achieve their full potential.

How this is achieved in practice usually receives less attention. Indeed, there often appears to be a general expectation that managers and staff will work autonomously to continually to seek out examples of good practice and then use these to develop and improve the ways in which they and their teams work. In the real world this is far less prevalent than one might expect.  Short term targets and priorities frequently get in the way, finding time for research or even to just “look” at what colleagues are doing is difficult.

However, establishing the capacity to make the most of highly effective practice does not just happen: if it did then the quality of teaching, learning and assessment would be consistently high across all aspects and all areas of most organisations, there would be few, if any, disparities between the achievements of different groups of learners within many organisations; once outstanding provision was attained it would be easy to sustain.  Currently this is far from the case in the education and training sectors.

Enhancing the capacity to continuously embed good practice requires skill and commitment, a culture of openness and trust, together with policies and procedures to capture, convey and celebrate the best efforts of all staff. If schools, colleges and learning providers are to maximise the significant benefits on offer they must ensure that their systems and approaches are working optimally. 

Most Managers will benefit from reviewing their existing procedures and considering how their organisation and department/s could refine and develop more effective ways to support, guide, scaffold and monitor the sharing, use and embedding of good practice.

This interactive one-day workshop examines in detail key aspects of highly effective practice. It provides clarity on what spreading and embedding good practice means and how it can best be achieved. It considers a range of different methods which have proven successful and discusses how participants can use these approaches to the best effect in their own organisations.

For whom

This workshop is designed to help managers and curriculum leaders develop robust systems for embedding highly effective practices in their organisation. It is considered particularly suitable for those who work in further education colleges, local authorities, independent learning providers, sixth-form colleges and secondary schools. This includes, but not exclusively:

Aims and objectives

To help participants develop a deeper understanding of the nature of highly effective practice and why it should be spread; to explore how good practice can be embedded well, throughout their organisation. By attending this workshop participants should be better able to:


Distinguishing and interpreting highly effective practice

Recognising and documenting good practice

Establishing procedures for spreading internal and external good practice

Overcoming barriers to sharing good practice

Monitoring the success of embedding good practice

Delegate Feedback

In-House delivery at Dundee College

“Great ideas for discovering good practice.”

“Very practical ideas for capturing good practice.”

“ A springboard . ..  to more forward on developing a strategy for embedding good practice.”

“Improved dissemination of good practice & good suggestions for improving, identifying & capturing good practice.”

“Good quality + easy to follow.”

“Content was good and was used well to illustrate different aspects.”

"Very indepth and encouraging to explore ideas."
Quality Manager, AFCL Doncaster

"Interesting, informative and inspiring!! Practical ways to share good practice, strategies and methods grounded in theory."
Teacher Development Manager, Kirklees College

Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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