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July 2018

Time to revisit G2G’s core values 3

This year, we are re-visiting Jim Collins’ Good to Great principles that inspired this company. Although the book was written mainly about businesses, much of the principles are applicable to schools.

The third principle – confront the brutal facts- with quote from the website:

Productive change begins when you confront the brutal facts. Every good-to-great company embraced what we came to call “The Stockdale Paradox”: you must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time, have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Do you have a realistic view of how well your school is performing? How do you know? Do you have an ‘unwavering faith’ in you and your staff’s ability to secure and sustain improvement?

It is doubtless impossible to approach any human problems with a mind free from bias.

Simone de Beauvoir,
writer, philosopher and activist


Conference on the future of Ofsted.

Held on 28 March was a success, with a good turnout and input from HMI Sean Harford at the end.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1A 0AL

Radical Ideas to Transform Ofsted

Some interesting articles:

  1. The importance of school headteachers/ principals:


2. How to have difficult conversations


3. Ofsted report on lesson observations



G2G Education works with a number of academy trusts and has undertaken a multi-academy trust review recently of the Leigh AT, to provide the Trust leaders with an objective external view. This MAT was included as one of the seven high performing MATs in a reecnt Ofsted report.

Please contact us if you would like us to review your MAT.


Need help with new data summaries – IDSR and ASP- or with self-evaluation? G2G Education can help you. We can observe alongside senior staff, subject leaders and provide guidance as well as validating judgements about the quality of teaching and giving you an honest external view of your school. We can provide training for teachers and leaders. We have particular expertise in teaching and learning, leadership and management (including governance). We have associates with expertise in a range of subjects and phases.


Thinking of starting a free school or converting to academy status? G2G Education has a wealth of experience of helping new schools start up and of supporting charter schools in the UK and USA. Please get in touch with us if you would like sound educational advice on all aspects of establishing a new school or changing its status.


Dr Helena McVeigh will be turning her thesis, with adaptations, into a book.

Watch this space!