Becoming Outstanding


Perfecting classroom skills.


The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance is offering this practical course for teachers in their second or third year of teaching to ensure that, after a successful NQT year, they are supported to hone their classroom skills and develop from good to outstanding practitioners.

By harnessing the professional learning techniques we know impact most in the classroom; peer observation, self-reflection and collaboration, teachers will work together to explore best practice and define what outstanding teaching and learning really looks like. Primary teachers should sign up for the full course. Secondary teachers are invited to attend Session 3 alongside primary colleagues. This session will culminate in a Teach Meet.


A 6 day course – 3 taught sessions

Session 1:  28 February 2018
Session 2:  2 May 2018
Session 3:  June (date TBC)


Session 1: What Makes Outstanding; Starters? - Primary teachers

  • Course overview and commitment required

  • What makes outstanding? – a look at the Ofsted Criteria

  • Teach more , talk less

  • Outstanding starters and questioning

  • Planning an outstanding starter


Session 2: What Makes Outstanding; Differentiation, Plenaries and Quality Feedback? - Primary teachers

  • Inclusion - activities and resources that stretch and challenge children with SEN or more able learners

  • Planning an outstanding differentiated independent activity for the full range of learners in the classroom

  • Outstanding feedback and the use of pupil voice

  • Outstanding Plenaries – the importance of reviewing learning

  • Preparation for Teach Meet


Session 3: Teaching Backwards plus twilight Teach Meet - Primary and Secondary teachers

  • The day will be presented by the author of ‘Teaching Backwards’ - Mark Burns. Drawing upon the learning from his bestselling publication, it will focus on unpicking, analysing and then most importantly providing time for teachers to apply ‘thinking steps’ to planning for progression through a module of learning or topic. 

  • Session 3 will serve as an introduction to Mark’s approach for secondary teachers whilst building on the work of previous sessions for primary teachers.

  • Teachers will need to bring along modules they have planned as well as modules they need to plan.

  • Teachers will finish the day presenting at the HTSA Teach Meet


Session 4, 5 and 6: What will it involve?

  • Observing outstanding lessons in your school

  • Peer coaching with a Specialist Leader of Education


Full Course:          £600 per delegate (HTSA members)

Full Course:          £900 per delegate (non HTSA settings)

Session 3 only:     £100

Teach Meet only:  free of charge


How to book

To attend courses, collaborate with us on school improvement or request bespoke support contact you can contact us on the following:

020 89856641 ext 265