"We found the process very valuable as it is an essential part of our self evaluation programme with CPD and PM being now very much on the Ofsted agenda" - Head, Churnet View Middle School

"Our staff from the focus group have stated that it would be beneficial to run that session with all staff and valued the work undertaken" - Paul Cowen, Biddick School Sports College

We really appreciate the depth of the report and what we are able to draw from it. No-one has ever engaged with us in this depth before” - Melanie Warnes, Head of Castle School

The report is great – we are really delighted with it. We are going to move on the recommendations as fast as we can. We are particularly keen to take on board your points about the learning trajectories of staff as individuals and as a group so it will be very interesting to connect up with another Skein school that has an established approach to this. It’s nice to know that we also have things to offer them” - Gill Maitland, Duchess School

The report was very thorough... We particularly valued recommendations about how, building on our ongoing school improvement work and making small changes to existing mechanisms and structures, we could significantly strengthen our CPD and have better evidence about its impact on our staff and pupils” - Headteacher, Rokeby Primary School 

The report is fabulous. It was weird because as I was reading it the first time it made sense - it was a road to Damascus moment. Then Oftsed came in to do a pre inspection and the agenda moved on to focus on that. Then when I came back to the report I thought – Oh, the two really make sense together” - Anita Bath, St Thomas More School

FE Sector

"Speaking on behalf of our senior team, our light bulb moment came when Philippa succinctly revealed to us the Holy Grail that we should be pursuing. This turned out to be that our staff were focused on getting more knowledgeable and skilled within their subject or field rather than on improving their skills as a teacher. It has been a very powerful message for us and one we have taken on board very seriously and we have made changes to support a change in focus. Philippa's insight really helped us in the appointment of Matt Bromley as our Director of Learning and Teaching Improvement and he has continued to shine a light on improving those key skills across the College" - Bernadette Doyle, Derby College

"The report is helpful: it validates and evidences impressionistic judgements we’ve previously made for ourselves; it provides an authoritative contribution to on-going but unresolved discussions about strategy for achieving greater impact through CPD; and it suggests new possibilities and ideas which have not previously been part of our thinking” - Steve Griffin, Director of Learning and Teaching at Cornwall College