Our Focus consultants work in schools throughout the UK and internationally through consultancy, inset and in-house training. Focus has a number of consultants, who are close to schools, children and learning - this keeps them sharp and focused on what it is that makes a difference. View our consultants here.
Focus consultants work with individual schools and established groups. All consultancies are bespoke and tailored to meet the needs outlined by the client. 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.
Our main strands of consultancy for primary schools link to:
- Raising Standards
- Early years
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.
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.
Ofsted related activities
Issues such as writing self-evaluation statements will still be a priority in schools, as will be making amendments to your monitoring systems. Again, this is where Focus Education can be very helpful to you. Many of our consultants are qualified Ofsted inspectors and will support you as you take account of current issues.
Bring teaching to life
Let Focus Education help and guide you as you continue to bring teaching to life.
In addition, we can provide support in other areas, such as:
• Website Compliance
• Working with your governors
• Getting ready for EY inspection
• Bringing the teaching of English to life
• Mastery and Depth within teaching and learning
- 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 quality and accuracy of self evaluation
- Evaluate a specific aspect of the school
- Undertake 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.
Prices start from £850 per day (excluding travel & accommodation)
We can talk to you about ways we can keep costs low.
These are just ideas of the kind of packages we can offer you or ways we are currently working with schools.
If you require something specific, give us a call and we can provide you with a quote to show you the discount you will be saving.
We can discuss ways in which we can save you money.
School or group?
If you are an established (or establishing) group, confederation or family - talk to us about providing support and becoming a true 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.
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.