GO! From Good to Outstanding Learning

Starting: February 19, 2018 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
This course will run throughout the Spring Term and 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 in St Albans and Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden. This programme consists of both twilight and full day sessions as follows:

Twilight sessions run from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Full day sessions run from 9:00am to 3:00pm

  • Monday 19th February 2018: twilight at Sandringham School
  • Tuesday 27th February 2018: Day 1 at Sandringham School
  • Between 28th February and 19th March 2018: Day 2: school visit day with a host SLE
  • Tuesday 20th March 2018: Day 3 at Sir John Lawes School
  • Tuesday 27th March 2018: twilight at Sandringham

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.

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

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

Meet the facilitators:

Joe Carey is an experienced teacher of Design Technology and Head of Year at Sir John Lawes School. He is an accredited National College outstanding facilitator, and leads sessions for the new staff induction process each year.

Joe is an Alban Leader of Education and has a particular interest in ‘making marking meaningful’.



Karen Paul is currently Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for professional learning. She is an accredited National College outstanding facilitator and leads CPD for the Alban Teaching School Alliance. As an SLE she has a particular interest in professional learning and supporting middle leadership across all subjects.



Anna Mapley is a Science teacher at Sandringham School. She has 13 years teaching experience during which she has been a curriculum (Head of Science) and pastoral (Head of Year 7) leader.

She currently has responsibility for A level Biology. She has completed an NLP facilitation course, and has delivered CPD sessions at Sandringham.


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.”