Focus consultants work in schools throughout the UK and internationally. Focus has a number of full and part-time consultants, who are close to schools, children and learning - this keeps them sharp and focused on what it is that makes a difference.
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:
- Teaching and learning
- Leadership and management
- Leadership development
- Curriculum development
- Early years
- Assessment and achievement
- Inspection and self-evaluation
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Supporting new headteachers
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.
Many schools with struggling budgets join our Rewards Club and earn points on everything they purchase. These points provide them with vouchers to spend on further services such as publications, courses and more consultancy.
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.
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 Matthews Primary School
Thank you for another fantastic day! Staff feedback was extremely positive and we look forward to working with you again during the spring term.
Shadsworth Junior School
It is always a delight to have Clive in school. It’s a treat we all look forward to!
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
We are appreciative for the marvelous impact had by working with Ros Ferrara. Thanks for all Focus have done, and pass on our massive appreciation and gratitude to Ros for her work with us.
Beaver Road Primary School
We have benefitted enormously from Focus. Focus provides excellent support for long term, strategic planning & school improvement.
Wilsden Primary School
All of the consultants are easy to get along with & approach the days with a sense of humor. They take time to listen carefully to our needs & are friendly and approachable.
Excellent, allowed us to plan for the future.
Escomb Primary School
Always a pleasure to have in school. Very easy to talk to honestly. Great company for the day! 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 very much meet the needs of a very broad range of staff in terms of skills. Lots of dialogue previous to training which was very useful.
New Ford Primary School
We look forward to working alongside Ros in the future where we can personalise the support even further.
Maple Court Academy
Our Standards in English continue to rise. Staff subject knowledge continues to increase. All staff feel confident and comfortable, adapting her style to suit the people she is working with.
Hawksworth Primary School
Staff are supported at all levels.
St Stephen's Primary School
Very professional and well organised. Worked well with our team.
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.
St Anselm's Catholic Primary School
Great trainer. Inspiring. Wealth of experience to share.It was great!
Pocklington Junior School
Extensive subject knowledge and enthusiasm. Excellent recommendation of inspirational books. Very useful course materials for reference later.
Bankfields Primary School
Very professional and well informed on the subject delivered. Excellent! Appropriate use of humour to aid delivery and keep audience engaged. Met the needs of the staff.
Woodchurch CofE Primary School
Extremely knowledgeable and able to relate to changes in the new curriculum. The whole day worked well.
St Stephens Primary School
Very professional. Very warm, caring and has a way of getting across to ALL members of staff.
Whitegate End Primary and Nursery School
Very easy to get on with, listened carefully to all staff. Quickly developed a supportive relationship with leader and staff.
Waterloo Primary School
Very professional, knowledgeable, aware of the realities of school life. Easy to get along with.
Gaddesby Primary School
Very professional. All delegates came away with lots of ideas and resources.
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.
Wood Fold Primary School
Very knowledgeable. Provided clear strengths and areas for development. Had a clear idea of how to structure the day to get the most out of it. Put staff at ease.
Very Informative, the consultant was excellent and very professional
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 Matthews Primary School and Nursery
Identified areas which are good in a positive way and areas which need some work constructively. Very easy to work with and non-judgmental.
Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School
Very personable. Easy to talk to & approachable during the day. Understanding & sympathetic to our situation.
Meadow View Primary School
Very professional and knowledgeable. Ability to give clarity for an area of teaching that requires a shift of thinking is excellent.
Barrs Court Primary School
Well worth it! Related training to current trends and thinking including the latest Ofsted framework. Good mix of key messages sprinkled with humour which kept trainees engaged.
Redhill Primary School
Well prepared and relevant content. Approachable and gave staff the confidence to contribute.
Allerton Bywater Primary School
Very Professional, Good to talk to and discuss current issues.
St Clement's CofE Primary School
Excellent. Made the session enjoyable and related well to all staff. Broad knowledge-base and understanding of practical issues.
Eaton Park Academy
Very friendly and approachable. Adapted to the needs of staff. Very professional.
St George's Primary School
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.
Very professional, well organised and prepared, Clear and easy to understand, experienced and knowledgeable. Approachable and humorous, practical and positive
Barnfields Primary School
Well organised and delivered the material in a structured, relevant and interesting way.
Excellent. Understood the context of the school and our needs.
Dunn Street Primary School
All exceptions were met. Communication prior to and after the day were first rate. We enjoyed the day. We were challenged but aware of the next steps to take. Thank You.
Acre Rigg Academy
Very knowledgeable and provided an engaging presentation for staff. An enjoyable and informative day was provided for all.
St Michael with St John CE Primary School
Very friendly and approachable. Excellent.
Very helpful and useful. I was happy with it all. Really Good. He always is.
Caedmon Primary School
Enhanced the quality of teaching and learning. Brilliant. The visit enhanced the quality of teaching and learning.
St Luke's CofE Primary School
Fantastic training delivered. Very knowledgeable and delivered a bespoke package. Outstanding would highly recommend to other schools.
Oatlands Junior School
Excellent! Well prepared and had a clear understanding of what our expectations for the day were.