GO! From Good to Outstanding Learning 2018-19

Starting: | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Dates tbc

This course comprises three full day sessions and two twilights, with a coach to support each participant through the programme.  A celebration event allows for reflections and the recognition of progress and achievement at the end of the programme.

This course is hosted at Sandringham School and St Albans Girls’ School in St Albans and Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden.

Twilight sessions run from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.

Full day sessions run from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

  • tbc – launch twilight at St Albans Girls’ School.
  • tbc  – Day 1 at St Albans Girls’ School.
  • tbc – Day 2 hosted by SLE to be arranged.
  • tbc – Day 3 at Sir John Lawes School.
  • tbc – presentation twilight at Sandringham School.

Who is this course for?

This programme is designed for teachers achieving good in their lesson observations and aims to ensure they are able to deliver outstanding lessons.  The scheduling of the programme is planned to dovetail with the appraisal process in order to further support teachers in their professional development.

Areas of focus

The final programme will be made available at the start of the course, however the course will include:

  • Facilitated sessions.
  • Learning walks.
  • Observations.
  • Reflection and review.
  • Planning next steps.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will:

  • Understand the features of an outstanding lesson.
  • Receive practical, “tried and tested,” resources.
  • Have personal feedback on their own lessons from their coach.
  • Be supported by their in-house coach to develop outstanding teaching skills.

Meet the facilitators:

Tessa Miles is Director  of Professional Learning at the Alban Teaching School Alliance.    During her career, Tessa has held a number of roles: Head of History, Head of House, Head of Faculty and Professional Learning Mentor. She was awarded AST status in 2008 and has since used her skills and knowledge to support NQTs in Hertfordshire as well as colleagues in her own school to develop their teaching and learning strategies.





Karen Paul is currently Associate Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for staff development. She is an accredited National College outstanding facilitator and is the Strategic Lead for the Alban Teaching School Alliance.

As an SLE she has a particular interest in professional learning and supporting middle leadership across all subjects.





Maria Santos Richmond is Assistant Head Teacher at Sir John Lawes School and SLE co-ordinator for the Alban Teaching School Alliance.  Maria’s fundamental belief is that if schools invest wisely in their staff they are investing in the future of all their students.  Providing opportunities to develop as professionals through networking and collaborative learning are powerful tools Maria values highly.  She is a member of the HertsCam tutor team and a National College accredited Outstanding Facilitator.





What did others think?

“Fantastic!.”  The course wasn’t “You must…..” but very hands on and through this we were able to share ideas across schools.”

“The observations of outstanding practitioners in action gave me the chance to see the practical application of techniques”

“The GO! programme really inspired me and gave lots of really good new ideas that I now include in most lessons.”