Outstanding Teacher Programme 2019-20

Starting: April 22, 2020 | 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Designed by Olevi and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers, the Outstanding Teacher Programme gives good and outstanding teachers a set of high level skills and strategies that enable them to become consistently and sustainably outstanding.   Utilised in the London and City Challenge Projects and endorsed by the National College, the OTP has gained a national reputation for raising standards in teaching and learning.

This is a 10 week programme hosted in schools across the Alban Teaching School Alliance in St Albans and Harpenden on the following dates:

Week 1 Teaching and Learning 1 Wed, 22nd April 2020, 12.30-3.30 at St Albans Girls’ School
Week 2 Teaching and Learning 2 Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 9.00-3.00 at Sir John Lawes School
Week 3 In-school practice
Week 4 The Power of Coaching 1 Thursday, 21st May 2020, 9.00-3.00 at St Albans Girls’ School
Week 5 In-school practice
Week 6 The Power of Coaching 2 Friday, 12th June 2020, 12.30-15:30 at St Albans Girls’ School
Week 7 Teaching and Learning 3 Monday, 22nd June 2020, 9.00-12.00 at Sir John Lawes School
Week 8 In-school practice
Week 9 Teaching and Learning 4 Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 9.00-12.00 at St Albans Girls’ School
Week 10 Teaching and Learning 5 Tuesday 14th July 2020, 12.30-15:00 at Sandringham School

Who is this course for?

This programme is open to teachers with the potential and capacity to deliver consistently outstanding lessons and who want to develop a mindset of excellence and will give them the opportunity to develop leadership through coaching.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

To provide teachers with:

  • the ability to demonstrate higher level understanding of teaching and improve learning for their pupils.
  • the ability to coach colleagues and pupils in their own school and in other schools to raise performance levels.
  • the ability to create a proactive school culture where the quality of teaching and learning is openly observed, discussed, challenged and enhanced.
  • increased professional satisfaction and create opportunities for further leadership and career progression.


  • to give the teaching profession the tools and strategies; challenge and inspiration to engage in excellence – raising the quality of teaching practice to ensure every student in every school enjoys outstanding teaching and learning outcomes.

Meet the facilitators:

Karen Paul is currently Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for staff development. 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.



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.



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’.



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.




“Following the introduction of the OTP the school received an ‘Outstanding’ grade for Teaching and Learning.  We believe this was a direct result of the OTP – all the teachers graded ‘Outstanding’ had attended the programme.”

Kieran Osborne, Principal, Hayes School