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Twenty outstanding primary schools - Excelling against the odds

02 Oct 2009 Ofsted

Ref: 090170

An analysis of consistently outstanding schools raises three questions.

  • How did they become outstanding?

  • How do they remain outstanding?

  • Where do they go from here?

For schools that are not yet outstanding, there is a fourth question which supplements the three above.

  • How can we do it too?

This publication is arranged to explore and provide some answers to the first three questions, using specific examples drawn from the 20 schools to illustrate wider generalisations. The main sections explore the three themes of:

  • achieving excellence

  • sustaining excellence

  • sharing excellence.

The report is available as a single PDF and seven section PDFs.

Users of these materials should note that the effectiveness of the schools identified may change over time, and should refer to the latest inspection reports on the Ofsted website for the most recent assessment of performance.

Available downloads

File name File type File size
pdf Twenty outstanding primary schools.pdf pdf 2.28 MB
pdf 20ops_1_covercontentsfwdsummary.pdf pdf 269.79 KB
pdf 20ops_2_characteristics.pdf pdf 283.33 KB
pdf 20ops_3_achievingexcellence.pdf pdf 253.21 KB
pdf 20ops_4_sustainingexcellence.pdf pdf 270.51 KB
pdf 20ops_5_sharingexcellence.pdf pdf 149.05 KB
pdf 20ops_6_picturesofsuccess.pdf pdf 1.33 MB
pdf 20ops_7_furtherreading.pdf pdf 121.25 KB

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