The Outstanding Teacher Programme

This programme is open to all teachers on the journey to “outstanding”, regardless of starting points.

Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP)

This highly acclaimed and thoroughly proven cross-phase programme has been designed with two aims in mind:

  • to achieve clarity around and understanding of Outstanding and to move all teachers to being consistently Outstanding;
  • to provide skills and thinking so that participants can develop their coaching skills to get Outstanding for their colleagues as well.

The programme has been developed around an experiential learning model for the purpose of firmly embedding participants’ learning. The first part of the day is given over to challenging and deepening participants’ models of key practices such as questioning and differentiation. This is followed by the opportunity of going into classrooms, observing practice, deconstructing what’s been seen using the OTP tools and understanding the structure of successful classroom teaching and learning.

And there is always the chance to benchmark personal practice against what’s been observed and to ask the question – What’s the difference that’s making the difference?

The programme is delivered over seven, once-a-week meetings and focuses on: challenge and engagement, questioning, assessment, differentiation and coaching (two days.) The final day is given over to participant presentations which exemplify the use of OTP tools. There are two in-school practice days when facilitators observe participants in their schools and offer non-judgemental, learning focused feedback to help on the journey towards becoming solidly and consistently Outstanding.

The experiental nature of the programme encourages participants to try things out, ask the question What if I were to…? and all with the benefit of peer and facilitator feedback and coaching. The seven days are about finding out what works in participants’ existing practice, figuring out how they can do more of it and thinking differently to get even better outcomes.

Delegate Fees

£650 per participant

20% reduction for second person

25% reduction for third person.


When does it run?

Programmes run from the beginnings of Terms 1, 3 and 5 for dates please click here

For further details contact:

Sarah Jerman – Associate Headteacher, Swindon Teaching Schools

Ron Piper

Ron Piper is an Assistant Headteacher at The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College where he has a remit for coaching and staff development. He is an ICF recognised NLP coach, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer. In recent years Ron has modelled the practice of outstanding teachers and shared his findings in workshop settings with a number of schools up and down the country and more recently at the National NLP Conference in London. As well as modelling the practice of outstanding teachers and drawing sharp attention to the differences that makes the difference, Ron also coaches teachers to higher levels of performance and trains other teachers and school managers to develop their own coaching skills. He also has a very successful track record in using coaching approaches with hard-to-reach students. Ron is an accredited NCTL facilitator and is currently delivering NPQML and NPQSL modules relating to coaching and Closing the Gap.

Sarah Jerman

Sarah Jerman has been leading the two Teaching Schools in Swindon for 3 years and works with approximately 100 Primary, Secondary and Special schools in the Swindon locality. This work focusses heavily on recruiting and training new teachers, facilitating training programmes for all members of the teaching community and working with schools wanting support.

Prior to her current role, Sarah was the Vice Principal at Drove Primary School and EYFS leader. Sarah has taught in all years groups from under 2s to year 13, but her passion lies in Early Years education. She is an EYFS Moderator for the Local Authority and facilitates the LA Statutory profile training.

Sarah is a trained facilitator on the Outstanding Teacher Programme and specialised in Coaching and Mentoring during her MEd degree. Along with Ron Piper, Sarah is trained to facilitate training for teachers of EAL students, with Swindon Teaching School recently becoming and EAL Regional Training Centre.