• Focus Education consultants work with schools, academies, MATs, LAs and other educational groups . All our consultancies are bespoke and tailored to meet the customer's needs. This might be a one-off consultancy or a series of visits over time. A large proportion of our clients now choose Focus Education as their preferred school improvement provider.

    Schools often choose one of our courses and ask us to tailor it to their needs.

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Our main strands of consultancy for primary schools link to:


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…

Headteacher Appraisal

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…

Raising Standards

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…

Website Compliance

Let us review your website to see if it meets statutory criteria.  Read more…

Writing Curriculum

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

Who do we work with?

Consultants regularly work with:

  • Staff teams
  • Leadership teams
  • Groups of staff
  • Individuals
  • Phase leaders
  • Groups of schools
  • Groups of leaders
  • Specific groups, e.g. ECTs, TAs, etc.
  • Governors

Many headteachers 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

Could this work for you?

Focus Education has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality training and consultancy. The schools we work with return to us time after time, knowing they will receive a bespoke service delivered by high-quality people who care. Focus Education 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 Education team will make a difference. All our team members have a wealth of experience in a wide range of contexts; all were 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 that.


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.

Email our consultancy team or fill out the enquiry form below.