Quality Improvement Planning

Having a robust and effective quality improvement plan is pivotal to achieving grade 1 performance at inspection

The Inspection frameworks require schools, colleges and Learning Providers to make “demonstrable improvements” as a result of self-assessment and to demonstrate an effective culture of continuous improvement.

Robust self assessment coupled with an effective quality improvement is a highly effective route for maximising performance at all levels of the business from departmental to divisional to the overall organisational. When the tools are used with commitment they make a significant contribution to overall performance, growth and success.

Unfortunately, far too many organisations still struggle to maximise the benefits on offer, frequently regarding self-assessment and quality improvement planning, at best, as unnecessary burdens imposed on them by the contracting and regulatory bodies.

In reality, high Quality Improvement Planning can be an extremely effective process for improving overall performance; especially when the procedure is recognised as a development process, with the written plan forming only the first stage. A structured approach to quality improvement planning has secondary benefits too, in addition to the growth and development benefits on offer having these reports and plans in place helps supports an external view that leadership and management is robust and could actually reduce the frequency and intensity of Ofsted Inspection

This one-day workshop looks at the quality improvement plan. It considers what needs to be in the plan and what needs to done once the plan is written. It then uses this information to highlight how the plan should be implemented if it is to be effective. In so doing, the workshop also examines the barriers that frequently hinder and obstruct successful quality improvement and provides practical and manageable solutions.

For whom

This workshop will be of interest to all managers and department heads from organisations working in education. It will be of particular interest to those looking to deliver and evidence more highly effective continuous improvement.

Attendance at this workshop should be considered as mandatory for all managers working in organisations that achieved grade 3 or 4 during their last inspection or where the effectiveness of their self-assessment and/or quality improvement processes have been criticised or questioned.

The workshop also has relevance to non educational organisations looking at effective ways toco-ordinate ongoing quality improvement

Aims and Objectives

This one-day workshop aims to help participants develop an effective Quality Improvement Plan which will support and enhance quality improvement, organisational development and better meet Ofsted requirements for leadership, management and demonstrable improvement.


The workshop is split into 5 sessions:

1. Understanding the QIP Process

This session explores the overall quality improvement process; what it aims to achieve and how, if the developmental benefits on offer are to be maximised, the overarching improvement plan can be broken down further and linked to performance management techniques.

  • The Overall Goals and Objectives of Quality Improvement
    • Planning
    • Ofsted
    • Organisational
    • Departmental
  • Performance Management
  • Structuring the Plan
  • Recognising the actions
    • Identifying SMART Objectives
    • Producing ‘milestones’ checks

2. Writing QIP Objectives

Session two explores objective-setting in more detail and considers what SMART result and milestones look like within an effective quality improvement plan.

3. Performance Management

This session considers how the objectives and milestones are cascaded and monitored in order to deliver the planned improvement
• Cascading and delegating
• Agreeing the objectives and key performance indicators
• Monitoring and reviewing success

4. Updating and reviewing the plan

When used correctly the quality improvement plan should become a ‘living document’ – this session considers what this means in practice; how and when the plan should be reviewed updated and extended.

5. Relating theory to practice

The final session explores what participants need to do now to ensure the points covered are applied to their own teams and improvement processes
• Barriers and obstacles
• Gaining team support and overall buy-in