Royal Wootton Bassett Academy has had a long and productive relationship with OLEVI, first becoming a facilitation school in 2011. Initially facilitating the Improving Teacher Programme and Outstanding Teacher Programme, these programmes have had a dramatic impact on the standards of teaching and learning at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, with pupils benefiting from consistently high levels of learning as a direct result of more consistently high quality teaching.
Driven by the combination of Teaching and Learning, Coaching, and Leadership, we have seen this impact grow within our own school over the last five years. The success of our work resulted in using these programmes as part of the Challenge Partners ‘engine of improvement’. This has enabled us to work with a number of schools and help to increase standards of teaching and learning across the region.
It was therefore seen as a logical next step to progress to become a Designated OLEVI Centre; to ensure that we both build excellence within all of the schools that we work with and leave a lasting legacy within these schools for their consistent development. The fundamental reasons behind the school’s decision to become a DOC were to help establish a network of facilitation schools in our local area and to provide a more regionalised approach to developing facilitators for both ITP and OTP in the South West. It has also allowed us to greatly increase our provision, to include both the Outstanding Facilitator Programme (OFP) and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) in our portfolio. We are very excited to be able to extend this even further by adding coaching and leadership programmes into our core offer. The Power of Coaching (POC) is offered as a stand-alone programme whilst the Outstanding Leadership in Education Programme (OLE) and Senior Outstanding Leadership in Education Programme (SOLE) have been offered since September 2017 to further enhance the provision available for all schools to access.
We have included professional development programmes in Leadership and Coaching to further complement our strong teaching and learning provision. We are constantly seeking to improve ourselves through continual learning from and with others within our capacity as OLEVI Quality Assurance consultants. Ultimately we are seeking to implement all of these strategies so that we can achieve our overall moral purpose; to ensure that children experience the best education possible.