Going for Great

Supporting 'outstanding' schools to become world class

In 2015-16 we are developing G4G primary with re-launch of G4G Secondary in 2016. Register your interest in the 2016 programme by completing the form below.

Programme details

The Going for Great (G4G) programme has been created for secondary schools that are Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ to support them on their journey to becoming world class. The programme allows schools to share and build on outstanding practice and what is currently working well in schools, enabling them to demonstrate sustained school to school leadership. 

The G4G programme aims to:

  • Encapsulate key features and qualities of schools which are consistently outstanding, in order to better understand how outstanding schools become great schools.
  • Share exceptional practice demonstrated in outstanding schools and by the leaders of outstanding schools to support all schools on the G4G programme in moving towards becoming great schools.
  • Support schools rated outstanding by Ofsted in maintaining this designation in subsequent inspections.
  • Support outstanding schools in maximising their impact on the local, national and/or international community, through effective systemic leadership.
  • Ensure that outstanding schools are helping to make education in London world class, contributing to the vision of London as the leading urban education service in the world through having system wide impact.
  • Support succession planning both in outstanding schools and those that they are working with.

The G4G programme involves:

  • Two leaders from each of the G4G schools meeting half termly for a seminar in a central London venue at which eminent speakers give presentations on the features of Great Schools. The seminars provide a forum for exploring the nature of greatness in schools, sharing and discussing research and recommending reading.
  • School to school visits to share great practice between outstanding schools.
  • Each G4G school writing a case study on an area of great practice in their institution, which is featured in an annual G4G publication circulated to schools and influencers in London.

Going for Great schools, alongside other outstanding schools, were in the first wave of Teaching schools and have been able to use their experience to lead the system more effectively.

Programme cost

£1,300 + VAT per school.

Half-termly seminars, at which two members of staff may attend.

Seminars are from 9am-1pm, with lunch and networking.


Only pre-approved schools may book this programme.

If you would like to apply, please complete the expression of interest form, and email it to info@londonleadershipstrategy.com .

Download Expression of Interest Form


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