Focus consultants work with schools, academies, MATs, LA’s or other Educational groups . All our consultancies are bespoke and tailored to meet the needs outlined by the customer. This might be a one-off consultancy or a series of visits over a period of time. A large proportion of our clients now choose Focus as their preferred school improvement provider.
Schools quite often choose one of our courses and ask us to tailor it to their needs. Click here to see our current list of courses.
Looking at leadership development, enhancing leadership and management skills of emerging and developing leaders. Working with subject leaders, performance management, leading teaching and learning, being outstanding. Read more…
Issues such as writing self-evaluation statements will still be a priority in schools, as will be making amendments to your monitoring systems. Many of our consultants are qualified Ofsted inspectors and will support you as you take account of current issues. Read more…
Writing your Self Evaluation Document or Supporting you with producing your Self Evaluation based on a school audit. Read more…
The role of governance during an Inspection, Inspection headlines for governors, and supporting governors with headteacher performance management. Read more…
An external advisor is a statutory requirement for Boards of Governance when they undertake their annual Headteacher appraisal meeting, usually in the Autumn term. Read more…
Let Focus Education help and guide you as you continue to bring teaching to life. Developing skills and effectiveness of TAs, developing Middle Leaders, What makes a good lesson, etc Read more…
Developing or moving your curriculum on. How effective is your curriculum? Focus consultants can support you by leading PD Days, working with curriculum leaders or working on planning with individual teachers. We have excellent examples of how you can bring your curriculum to life and these ideas can easily be adapted to meet your needs.
Let us work with you on introducing the Learning Challenge Curriculum into your school. Alternatively, you may require a refresher on this. Read more…
We will work with your SLT, identifying the main features associated with each type of school and academy, looking at How do strong schools remain so? and how do weaker schools maintain a momentum of improvement once they start to make progress? Read more…
We can help you embed coaching as a leadership style across the school. Read more…
How effective are your assessment arrangements?
If you require any support in fully implementing effective assessment arrangements, we can work with you and your staff to evaluate this and ensure improvement. Read more…
Let us review your website to see if it meets statutory criteria. Read more…
Evaluating curriculum leaders' long and medium-term thinking and planning, learning walks, book scrutiny, staff, and pupil voice. Read more…
In addition, we can provide support in other areas, such as:
- Getting ready for an EY inspection
- Bringing the teaching of English to life
- Metacognition within teaching and learning
- Looking at your Reading or Writing Curriculum
- Staff teams
- Leadership teams
- Groups of staff
- Phase leaders
- Groups of schools
- Groups of leaders
- Specific groups, e.g. NQTs, TAs, etc.
Many heads now just plan for this as a ‘School Improvement SLA’. Your dedicated consultant will be a true ‘critical friend’. Schools often use their consultant to:
- Evaluate attainment & progress data
- Check the quality and accuracy of self-evaluation
- Evaluate a specific aspect of the school
- Undertake an evaluation of lessons & work
- Lead whole school training days
- Work with groups of staff
- Work with governors
- Support leadership development
- Discuss difficult issues
- Prepare staff & governors for inspection
Focus has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality training and consultancy. The schools we work with return to us time after time, knowing that they will receive a bespoke service delivered by high quality people who care. Focus consultants will take the time to find out exactly what you want and how you want it delivered. If you want a standard, off-the-peg, package; we may not be right for you.
Regardless of where you are as a school or academy, we can guarantee that working with a member of the Focus team will make a difference. All our team members have a wealth of experience in a wide range of contexts; all chosen because they are excellent communicators with high-level interpersonal skills.
If you are an established (or establishing) group, confederation, trust, or family - talk to us about us providing support and becoming a school improvement partner. If you want to share practice or costs across a few academies or schools, we can help you with this.
Many schools are not sure of the content they want – this is fine. Book the dates that work for you and then talk or email the designated consultant and work out what is best for you. From experience, we know that by talking through your needs we will be able to work with you to ensure you get the right content.
Contact Linda by telephone: 01457 821811, email us or fill out the enquiry form below.
Djanology Learning Trust
Thank you so much for today – your endorsement of our progress so far means a lot. You gave us confidence in our capacity to get this right when we met last year – I hope you feel that we have repaid your faith in us!!
Wood Fold Primary School
Tim was very personable. We felt as though we could ask his advice on different aspects of the curriculum and we enjoyed his jokes.
Norbreck Primary Academy
Clive is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He was prepared to listen and match advice with the needs of the school.
St Josephs Catholic Primary
Focus Education is always professional in all communication. Clive is a pleasure to work with and we very much value his view and opinion.
Shepherd Primary School
What fantastic customer service! She responded so promptly to my emails, has gone above & beyond to help us. She has done a first class job.
St Michael's Primary School
It has been a privilege to work with Clive who keeps us ahead of the curve. We have a very positive relationship which I value highly.
Oasis Academy Don Valley
Fantastic consultant who was very professional and led the session for all our staff with great enthusiasm. Great consultant to work with. Ros is extremely knowledgeable.
St Matthew's Primary School
Thank you for another fantastic day! Staff feedback was extremely positive and we look forward to working with you again.
Woodland View Primary School
Clive has become a valued member of our wider team due to his personable nature and immense knowledge.
Chapel Street Primary School
Clive was outstanding on all four days. He is an exemplary professional going above and beyond to have a positive impact at all times.
Hey With Zion Primary School
We are appreciative for the marvellous impact had by working with Ros Ferrara. Thanks for all Focus have done.
Beaver Road Primary School
We have benefitted enormously from Focus. Focus provides excellent support for long term, strategic planning & school improvement.
Escomb Primary School
Always a pleasure to have in school. Very easy to talk to honestly. Looking forward to the next time.
Deeplish Primary Academy
The consultant worked well with all, developing knowledge & skills in a positive manner. Teachers left sessions with concrete plans & ideas for further development.
Stamford Park Infant School
The consultant was able to meet the needs of a very broad range of staff in terms of skills. Lots of dialogue previous to training which was very useful.
Maple Court Academy
Our Standards in English continue to rise. Staff subject knowledge continues to increase. All staff feel confident and comfortable, Ros adapts her style to suit the people she is working with.
Parkstone Primary School
Absolutely brilliant! Lovely to work with, very knowledgeable, honest and gives great advice. A real asset to our SLT on the day.
Bankfields Primary School
Very professional and well informed on the subject delivered. Excellent! Appropriate use of humour to aid delivery and keep the audience engaged.
Woodland Community Primary School
As per the usual quality of Focus consultants is superb! A pleasure to work with. All staff enjoyed it.
Limehurst Community Primary School
Excellent – Concise & knowledgeable. Easy to communicate with! Down to earth & realistic about the challenges our school faces on a daily basis. Great with governors.
Ravensthorpe Junior School
Very good delivery. Content was well matched to our needs and our request. Clear, accurate, friendly and supportive. Extremely positive feedback from the different schools.
St Stephen's Catholic Primary School
Always a pleasure to have at our school! Made all staff feel comfortable, happy to advise all areas asked about. Adapted the sessions to meet our requirements.
Waltham Leas Primary Academy
The consultancy session managed to fill all our aspirations and expectations. It was everything we wanted.
Acre Rigg Academy
The design of the training was clearly based on what we had requested, the consultancy met our needs fully.
St Stephen's Catholic Primary School
Over the years Focus has helped shape our thinking and enabled us to attain an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement.
Beaver Road Primary School
Focus have made a huge contribution to our School over many years. They have helped us to the top and helped us keep the momentum to stay there.
Dunn Street Primary School
Your company is a wonderful support to schools and I look forward to attending many more courses in the future.
Colley Lane Primary School
Another great day of support and challenge for our school. Much of what you said and did will have immediate impact.
Mead Primary School
Very professional. Extensive knowledge of the curriculum and schools. Also empathic to the context of the school.
Elm Wood Primary
As usual a thoroughly professional package with insight and personalisation that exactly matched the needs of the personnel.
Excellent! Adapted presentations to special schools and especially our school. Spoke confidently and with credibility.
Dovedale Infant School
Thorough understanding of content and implications for schools, imparted in a very natural, focused manner.
Knowledgeable and effective in conveying important messages to headteachers.