Outstanding Teacher Programme

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 in all areas of their practice.  It helps them to:

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

This programme helps teachers to become consistently outstanding in all their professional activities and have a significant impact on how people achieve.

This programme:

  • requires learning three’s to prepare and present at an outstanding level to the whole delegate group for evaluation against DR ICE;
  • forms part of the school's professional development provision as this supports the implementation of agreed best practice and national agendas.

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This programme is open to teachers with the potential and capacity to consistently deliver outstanding lessons. Applicants would need to demonstrate:

  • strong commitment to teaching and learning and show that they are inspiring individuals with strong interpersonal skills and who are role models for pupils;
  • a commitment to professional development and the ability to truly reflect on their practice, including using student feedback to evaluate the impact of their teaching.


The programme consists of two full days and eight half days facilitated sessions over a ten week period. Secondary schools need to release three teachers for the programme as coaching takes place in learning three’s; PRUs, primary and special schools prefer to release one teacher as members of the primary learning three’s can come from local cluster schools.