"To offer personalised consultancy, training and development across the education sector. Our ethos is that collaboration gets the best results, between our partners, our services and our customers."
"Providing innovation, excellence and expertise to schools and academies across London and the South East."
We aim to champion excellence and raise achievement by developing your pupils, staff and leaders to be the best they possibly can be.
A trusted service of bespoke guidance, monitoring, support and training, with strong proven outcomes for schools.
Teachers and senior leaders, head teachers and Ofsted inspectors…our team possesses vast experience in dealing with the challenges you face now.
Is ‘Good’ good enough? Tailored, bespoke packages of support designed to elevate your school or academy to the next level.
Continuity of relationships enables Octavo to partner with your school or academy, concentrating on sustained improvement.
Octavo’s comprehensive CPD programme is designed to develop teaching staff at every career stage, from NQT induction to Headship.
Helping you meet your statutory requirements and then some!
Able to broker appropriate school to school support and facilitate local collaboration with schools who are leading the way in excellence.
This team of Ofsted trained professionals will support your organisation with bespoke services to improve standards, raise attainment, respond to changes in Government policy and prepare for inspection.
Supported by expert data analysis, extensive knowledge and experience of working with Croydon’s schools and colleges, this team is skilled in working with leadership teams, departmental teams and class teachers/ tutors.
In addition to the existing team, quality assured, specialist professionals from further afield can be commissioned, on your request, to support the development of particular elements of your organisation.
11-19 Support Services offers a range of services available to purchase. The cost of the service includes 2 days of in-school delivery as well as time for planning and preparation.
Joint observations Teaching and learning reviews Subject specific quality development and coaching Transition improvement: Key Stage 2 to 3 Key Stage 3 to 4 Key Stage 4 to 5 Faculty reviews
School Improvement also provides the following services for Secondary Schools:
Preparation for Ofsted & Mock Ofsted inspections – see the Ofsted Support and Preparation provider page for more details Support for the leadership team & Support and mentoring of middle leaders – see the Leadership and Management provider page for more details
School Improvement: 14-19 Support Services:
The cost of the service includes a half day of in-school delivery as well as time for planning and preparation.
Setting up and running a new sixth form Sixth form reviews Implementation of the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) – age 17 Preparation for RPA – age 18 by 2015 Post 16 support network Understanding post 16 funding policy and methodology Post 16 data interpretation and management Support to ensure delivery of effective information, advice and guidance (IAG) to students Careers Network
Prices vary depending on the number of forms of entry per year group. Please ensure that you purchase the correct service for the size of school.
Per school pricing is available to view when logged in
Our experienced team offers flexible and developmental good practice to promote learning, progress and enjoyment for all learners.
Our bespoke support may encompass:
Formative and summative assessment Standardisation and moderation of teacher assessment Quality assurance of assessment practice Evaluating, developing and embedding effective assessment for learning (AfL) A developmental approach to assessing the progress of pupils across key stage one and key stage two (in relation to the new National Curriculum) Leadership development
A skilled team with national and local expertise Ensuring consistency of judgement within and across schools Development of assessment skills for leaders and teachers Improved use of assessment and data to support the progress of individuals and groups Improved Ofsted outcomes Facilitation of working parties on all aspects of current good practice Planning for progression
Octavo’s Education Welfare Service (EWS) has a track record of success. The personalised and ‘hands on’ approach that we offer is unique and unrivalled. We work closely with agencies, LA and are experts in the Staged Intervention Approach to Attendance.
Our desire is to improve outcomes for children and young people across all educational establishments.
Our team of experts promote attendance, punctuality and welfare by offering effective attendance focused interventions. They use strategies that support the whole establishment. Targeted support thorough child/family casework, partnership working with relevant local agencies and a swift response to changing needs all enable successful outcomes.
Our experienced team of primary English specialists can provide bespoke support packages to meet your needs, including working with subject leaders to develop their leadership and management skills.
Raise attainment and improve progress in English Improved subject knowledge A skilled team with local expertise Increased leadership capacity of subject leaders Motivation and retention of subject leaders
Our experienced team of primary and mathematics specialists can provide bespoke support to meet your needs, including working with subject leaders to develop their leadership and management skills.
The mathematics team have been accredited by the NCETM for their CPD, and can also offer accredited Numicon training.
Raise attainment and improve progress in English and mathematics Improved subject knowledge NCETM and Numicon accredited trainers A skilled team with local expertise Increased leadership capacity of subject leaders Motivation and retention of subject leaders
Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
In the 2015-16 financial year the level of premium is £1,320 per primary-aged pupil and £935 for secondary-aged pupils. Schools will continue to receive £1,900 for each child looked after. This increased funding is to reflect the unique challenges children looked after face at school, where they often struggle to keep up with their peers at both primary and secondary level.
With the pupil premium budget increasing to £1.875 billion this year, each school has significantly more resources to ensure the best educational attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. However, with increased resources comes increased expectations and scrutiny from Ofsted and the DfE. Schools must therefore be able to effectively demonstrate that its pupil premium budget is being invested in the pupils who need it most.
Tailored support on the effective use of pupil premium Well informed understanding of Ofsted and DfE accountability measures with regards to pupil premium funding Establish best practice in closing the attainments gaps of your most disadvantaged pupils
Safeguarding is a key issue for us all, both to ensure our children and young people are safe and that our schools, colleges and settings comply with at least minimum statutory guidance.
We are able to offer a complete safeguarding service tailored to your needs, including statutory training for Designated Safeguarding Leads, safeguarding sessions for whole staff and governing bodies and audited reviews of safeguarding procedures for your setting. We will work alongside you to improve your provision in this vital area, ensure the best outcomes during Ofsted inspections and keep children and young people safe.
Skilled professionals with significant experience of child protection and safeguarding issues and procedures A full safeguarding service, fully integrated with all local partners and drawing on best practice locally and nationally
We offer a range of products and services to meet the diverse needs of the school communities we serve during a time of significant education change.
Our expert training enables school leaders to achieve the best outcomes for pupils and their schools.
Octavo’s School Improvement services are tailored to suit individual school requirements, teaching schedules and locations. These include individual daily support, INSET days, professional development training events, school improvement reviews and “Good to Outstanding” support.
Why buy our SLAs in advance?
Our services are becoming increasingly popular across South London and our advisers and consultants are in high demand. By buying into our SLAs in advance you can secure our availability to provide you with the services you require at a time which aligns to your School Improvement Plan.
We are delighted to present our 2016-17 School Improvement Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Our popularity inside and outside of the London Borough of Croydon means that we are now able to offer a wider range of products and services to meet the diverse needs of the school communities we serve. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us to discuss your bespoke needs with us.
Our School Improvement consultancy services cover a range of areas that can be tailored for the needs of your school including Headteacher Performance Reviews/Management, Teaching and Learning Reviews, Coaching, Learning Walks and Staff Meetings.
Octavo’s School Improvement team is dedicated to the continuous professional development of the whole school workforce. We offer comprehensive information, support and advice relating to local and national workforce issues, and aim to work in close partnership with schools to ensure the development of an effective and responsive workforce through:
The provision of a central training and development programme for all members of the school workforce Supporting leadership teams to develop their workforce and professional development strategy Providing information, support and guidance on career development opportunities for the school workforce, including the wider workforce and school leaders Leading on a range of research and development projects
We are committed to the right of all children and young people to have an excellent education.
Our continuing professional development (CPD) programme has been designed to support you to achieve excellence and improve outcomes and life chances for your learners.
Octavo’s central training and development programme for school staff is published via the Training page.
The programme includes a wide range of courses and conferences for school leaders, teachers and the wider school workforce in the following areas:
Leadership and management Teaching and learning in English, and mathematics Inclusion Assessment Behaviour and attendance Ethnic minority and traveller achievement Personal development Health and wellbeing Newly qualified teachers Other areas, depending on local and national priorities
We provide support for CPD leaders, headteachers and course delegates in using our system. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries.
Familiarises the school workforce with curriculum developments and local initiatives Ensures that teachers who have the potential to lead and manage are developed, skilled and appropriately trained
Our school mediation service offers quality support to assist schools in resolving conflicts and disputes between themselves and parents/carers of children when the communication channels breaks down. From a parent’s or carer’s point of view many breakdowns in communication may appear irrational or trivial, but when that dispute involves their child, or children, emotions run high and it can become the most important thing in their lives.
Improved relationships with parents and carers Issues resolved effectively and promptly Improved pupil attendance Better behaviour and discipline Development and implementation of mediation strategies between schools/parents/carers to pre empt difficulties before they reach a level that may require a formal process Reduction in school exclusions
The implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014,the revised Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and revisions to the Ofsted inspection framework bring a sharper focus on the responsibilities of schools to ensure high expectations and positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND. Schools need to ensure that they have effective systems to correctly identify SEN and have in place a graduated response to meet these needs.
There is an increased expectation that all teachers have a basic understanding of a variety of mental health conditions which can act as barriers to learning and that schools have a range of interventions which are effective in meeting those needs
The new personal development, behaviour and welfare judgment in the revised Ofsted framework, reflects the high priority and government commitment to good behaviour, discipline, and pupil wellbeing in schools. Schools will need to demonstrate how they are monitoring and using data to measure their effectiveness in promoting good behaviour and be able to demonstrate how they are meeting the needs of pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
Our experienced team offers specialist consultancy and training opportunities to support you to ensure the best outcomes for the pupils in your setting with SEND, and to ensure that behaviour and pupil wellbeing is good or outstanding in your school.
Support for accurate evaluation of SEND provision in your setting Enhanced knowledge, skills and expertise of all staff to understand and meet the needs of pupils with a range of SEND. Increased awareness of the roles and responsibilities of SENCOs and Inclusion Leaders to take a strategic lead on SEND provision. Tailored support from experienced and knowledgeable practitioners to meet the needs of your pupils and the broader school community Quality assured interventions to improve behaviour for learning in the classroom
Our experienced team of consultants can support both primary and secondary schools to develop, implement and sustain programmes to improve the performance of vulnerable group which include:
English as an Additional Language (EAL), including Refugees and Asylum Seekers Black and Minority Ethnic pupils More Able pupils Traveller pupils Pupils Eligible for Pupil Premium, particularly White British
With the current Ofsted framework focusing heavily on the most vulnerable groups of pupils, schools and other educational providers have the responsibility to ensure the outcomes for these pupils improve and attainment gaps rapidly close.
Improved engagement and participation of pupils in mainstream lessons Improved management systems and processes, leading to consistency in practice Positive impact on narrowing the performance gaps of targeted groups Improved literacy skills for targeted pupils Improved engagement with parents/carers