Kyra Supporting School Improvement Case Studies
Kyra have published a series of case studies which detail the journey through school improvement from the perspective of the leaders involved. Each case study talks about how improvement was achieved and also summarises key learning points for school improvement.
Kyra Supporting School Improvement
Case Study #1
Kyra Supporting School Improvement at Benjamin Adlard
When Benjamin Adlard Primary School in Gainsborough received a ‘good’ inspection grading from Ofsted in June 2016, it represented the culmination of 18 months of hard work by staff and children and wideranging support of colleagues from across the Kyra Teaching School alliance. Here we document Kyra’s role in contributing to a fabulous story of school improvement and better learning for children.
“With 30 Specialist Leaders of Education and 11 LLEs associated to Kyra, the team were able to bring in a range of talent to work with the school and its staff.”
Case Study #2
Learner in Chief: ‘walking the talk’ of school improvement at Priory Witham
Pam Curtis, Headteacher of the primary campus at Priory Witham Academy, has a motto which will resonate with many school leaders reading this: “It takes three years to improve a school and six weeks to allow it to fail”. For those who lead schools, they know that many years of hard work and success can very quickly be put at peril, and that school improvement takes time, perseverance and a strong dose of resilience!
“We gradually moved from a culture where monitoring and observation was ‘done to’, to one where the wider staff community has ownership of improvement.”
Case Study #3
Great expectations: the journey towards success at Toynton All Saints
Visit Toynton All Saints Primary School today and you will see a school that is bursting with positive staff, engaged children, and inspiring learning environments. The school, which sits at the heart of this East Lincolnshire village, is valued and celebrated by the local community – not least by its children and parents – as a place of opportunity and aspiration. Yet it is sometimes too easy to assume that such cultures fall readily into place. At Toynton – as in all good schools – one only need dig a little deeper to hear the stories of resilience, hope, team effort and determination that underpin the school’s journey to success.
“we needed to know where the strengths and weaknesses lay before we could seek to improve them. I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to play their part.”
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