Reviews and testimonials

 

Consultancy visits and training


Rob is an exceptionally talented and highly accomplished consultant and that is why we use him with B11 Education. Rob is very thorough in all aspects of his work and produces high quality work consistently. He is a highly valued senior consultant with B11 Education Ltd.  Anthony Briggs, Director, B11 Education


Firstly, can I just thank you for the tremendous support that you have provided to us. ‘External eyes’ provide such a valuable perspective on the work that we all do within our own individual schools and the timing of your visit was absolutely perfect .

Having someone to share my ‘concerns’ with has helped to sharpen focus and provide some clarity for us to move forward in the most effective way.

Feedback from staff has been really positive (with some actually getting very excited!!)

Your supporting documentation and follow up report have also been really useful for us. I will be in touch in the new year with some possible dates for the late spring to perhaps arrange some follow up work.

Thank you once again for your valuable support.      Lisa Ayling, Headteacher, Prenton High School for Girls


My expectations around professionalism and approach are very high. Rob met my high expectations and if anything went beyond what I expected on this occasion. I had employed the company to review the compliance of my school website. This was turned around in I think 3 days and the detail and quality of the report is first class. This certainly will support our school moving forward.  Sean McClafferty, Headteacher, St. Mary’s Catholic High, Mansfield


Rob's understanding of the new Ofsted framework and the inspection schedule is significantly better than any previous consultant. Rob has also been able to offer excellent exemplar material e.g. Academy Development Plan and SEF summary documents. Rob's ability to analyse evidence and suggest ways forward is on a much higher level compared with previous consultants. Rob's consultancy has added significant capacity in our drive to progress to good. He has a deep understanding of school improvement and the Ofsted framework. The level of challenge and support is high. His reports are analytical and have proved extremely useful in terms of identifying areas for improvement. Rob's presentation on the new Ofsted framework was invaluable, insightful and was well received. His consultancy is good value for money. Mark Rushby, Principal, John Whitgift Academy, Grimsby


Rob's training was extremely focused, supportive and appropriate. Governors felt that the training enabled them to reflect on their role and made them think about the type of questions they should be asking and gave them the confidence to do so. His training enabled governors to question and understand as well as giving them practical solutions to improve their effectiveness. Jo Bell, Headteacher,Lawnswood School, Leeds


Very focused discussions, supported by a preliminary discussion with me (the headteacher) first and included a debrief at the end. Rob asked questions which challenged and supported and as always gave practical suggestions. He was very clear in his feedback and about the next steps for the school. As always, it was a very useful visit which will support the school in improving their development of teaching and learning. As a school we have found Rob's work extremely valuable and are keen to continue with the support. Jo Bell, Headteacher, Lawnswood School, Leeds


A great couple of days coaching so that the school can look at how to move forward. Report received quickly so that we can respond immediately. We got the 'bit' between our teeth following Rob's visit. Louise Finlay, Headteacher, Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary, Wirral.


There was no comparison. This was outstanding. The quality of the of the support and advice was outstanding. The consultant, Rob Jones, was astute, approachable and helpful and brought his wide and current experience to the areas upon which we had asked him to focus.  Sue Monkman, Headteacher, Wilberfoss CE Primary School


Andrea was excellent. Clearly knows what is needed to make any school move the SEND provision on.  The work beforehand was very thorough and this ensured we got the best out of the two days. The report was very detailed and has given us a clear direction for improvement. The review was very good. The communication between Andrea and the school  was excellent.  The honest dialogue throughout regarding areas for development have given us a very clear direction for school improvement.  Shona Crichton, Deputy Headteacher, Allerton Grange High School



It was efficient and focussed. Although Rob came with an agenda that was agreed, discussions were dynamic and issues were able to be explored as needed. Discussions were open and honest which gave the school much food for thought. The report was returned the following day and reflected what was discussed. Clear areas for development were outlined and suggestions on how to move forward were explained. A very professional, supportive approach to the day.  Highly recommended.    Conrad Fox, Headteacher, Hunmanby Primary School


Rob was extremely knowledgeable and geared his whole day to our needs. He was quick to spot the current demands of the school and could use his expertise to signal additional areas we need to work on.

His advice, expertise, guidance and humour on the day meant that we have received up-to-date CPD on the new 2014 Ofsted framework, the new descriptors and we also used his visit to train our governing body on the use of RAISEonline. All in all, he has given us a deep dive CPD opportunity to reflect on our progress a year on. We've already booked him to come back again to see us in September, to check us two further terms on!  Heather Scott, Headteacher, Bruntcliffe School, Morley


Thanks very much for your time today and also the realistic, yet developmental way you approached the review.  Zoe Mawson, Headteacher, Heaton Children’s Services


Just want to thank you for your prep and input for our SLT day last Friday. You helped us better understand Raiseonline and effectively drill to find the information that is paramount. It also helped us to ask further questions to help on our next stage of development.

John, Inga, Claire, Carol and myself really enjoyed the day and felt it had been really beneficial.  Kieron Flood, Headteacher, The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust


Many thanks for your time and work today. We now have a clear line in the sand from which to move forward.

The feedback and the discussions following lesson observations has been useful. I will update the SIP tonight with some of the ‘quick wins’ we discussed. Already two teachers have been into my office with things they will do differently next week following the feedback. It is great to see the staff taking on board what we have said. I look forward to working with you further in future.  Phil Burdass, Deputy Headteacher, Havelock Academy


Rob was engaging and informative. The group of 21 NQTs responded well to the training and engaged in discussions with Rob. The evaluations for the course were all very positive.  Mike Jones, Consultant


It was an extremely beneficial an invigorating session that has resulted in our governors really beginning to develop their own involvement and to engage in the process of self evaluating governance. Since the session governors have worked with us to create an action plan for reviewing and developing governance. The support and challenge from an external "voice" has really helped us to begin to take our next steps forward. Thank you!  Governor training, Prenton High School for Girls, Wirral


The SEF is exactly what I was looking for and has saved me hours of precious time, mostly at the weekend!

It's also good to get advice from someone who doesn't know the school to give the information and narrative in the SEF the once over.  Sharon Roberts, Stanley Park Infants.


Very thorough, thought provoking and challenging. As a new headteacher this confirmed what I suspected. Rob gave sound advice the whole day. The report was excellent and will help us all, including governors to move forward.  Claire White, Headteacher, Hornsea Nursery


The team went through things very thoroughly, but in a very ‘human’ way. Extremely professional and the report is superb for taking our development to the next level. The tricky timings were expertly handled by Andrea. [Secondary school full review]


The whole day was extremely useful and the pace allowed all staff just enough involvement for Rob to gather the information for our new SEF [Inspection health check day]


I was impressed by your experience and knowledge.  We all felt you were able to explain judgements clearly and provide good suggestions to improve [lesson obs day]


Rob undertook 12 joint observations back to back over the two days, 12 feedbacks to observers, several to SLT and a 20 page document on main findings.  Throughout the process, Rob was excellent [lesson obs day]


Excellent.  In depth scrutiny of our SEF and suggested improvements


The whole day was useful. A very informative approach, like the differentiation between good and outstanding Ofsted standards. Insightful on what actually makes an outstanding teacher.  Brilliant!. [Going for outstanding training]


Raise online simplified


First & foremost - great! This was a fantastic document & I love it! You will be hearing from me every year! Adam Vasco Headteacher, St Vincent de Paul Primary, Liverpool


Extremely prompt service.  Next day turn around - thank you.  The quality of the charts/graphs are very good and will be useful to share with my governors. You came highly recommended and I would certainly pass on my approval to other colleagues. Angela Dawes, Headteacher, All Saints C of E  Rochdale


same as last year - good , fast service giving me all the key information I need.  Kate Connelly, Headteacher, Our Lady of the Assumption Primary


I was very pleased at the turnaround of this useful document


Brilliant to help Governors and staff understand the data.  It has saved me a big job.  Thank you.


The report looks brilliant.  You’ve done a fantastic job and saved me hours of work


Very quick to respond.  As it is simplified it is taken on board by many more stakeholders who I would imagine find the full summary report quite daunting.  I used this service last year and will use it as long as it continues to be offered.  I think it is very good value for money and  find it really useful for informing governors on standards.  Excellent service


Excellent.  I couldn’t believe the speed that the information was returned to me


The most important points had been extracted from the report saving me the time of trawling through to extract what I wanted.  The explanations were very clear as to what each meant and the diagrams.. were so clear.