Growing the Top

Growing the Top: Stand-Out Schools

Launched in 2018, Growing the Top is a challenging programme for schools in our Network of Excellence which have outstanding performance and are driven to keep improving and learning from each other.

Underpinned by our core philosophy, that it is important to stimulate the top to rise higher so that the whole system moves upwards (the upwards convergence model), this programme provides opportunities for schools to establish partnerships and share their journeys towards excellence. This is achieved through research, discussions and school visit days to identify and share systemic best practice.

There are also opportunities to hear from other sectors, including charities and business, to challenge prevailing thinking in the education sector.

Well-structured day, with a focus upon systemic efficiency and effectiveness, particularly around leadership.” Participant reflections from launch event

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