The Olevi Philosophy and Impact

“When every child in every school experiences outstanding teaching our work will be done”

OLEVI is committed to taking the professional development of education providers to a higher level. Our highly powerful and effective Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) have made measurable improvements in the quality of teaching – with consequent improvements in learning outcomes for pupils – and helped raise schools to levels of outstanding achievement.


Our programmes are particularly effective because they are designed not only to support, challenge and grow teachers, support staff and leaders in their own professional development, but, by using our unique DR ICE collaborative learning model, to provide a framework to ensure improvement becomes ongoing and is organically sustainable. This in turn creates a cultural change which benefits the whole school, staff and pupils alike.


Our growing suite of programmes are having a significant impact on the educational landscape and, like ripples on a pond, are having far reaching effects. School leaders and governing bodies increasingly view the OLEVI programmes as an opportunity to invest in their staff, share best practice and empower staff, at all levels, to take control of growing excellence in their own school and that of others.


At The Henry Box School, we fully embrace and role model DR ICE principals and the Olevi philosophy throughout our school and teacher led CPD programme.

Below is some:


ITP (Improving Teacher Programme)



To enable teachers to:

  • Provide their students with the best possible learning experience

  • Improve standards in their classrooms and schools

  • Increase their job satisfaction and quality of experience

Work more effectively as active members of their school team

The programme can be a key part of schools developing collaborative school-to-school support, which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in schools. The programme helps teachers deliver consistent high-quality lessons that have a positive measurable impact on student performance.



  • Provides improving teachers with in-depth coaching, tailored to a self-assessment of their teaching. It provides opportunities to deepen their understanding of high-quality classroom practice and teaching and learning. Participants improve their teaching through facilitated practice, observation of colleagues and working with ‘live’ students

  • Supports a wider range of teaching activities, including: planning lessons, starter activities, plenary sessions, questioning techniques, engaging in learning, challenging learning, assessment and differentiation strategies

  • Supports the aims and implementation of school improvement plans and other national agendas

  • Forms part of the professional development provision or entitlement for staff development within the school’s improvement plan

Builds confidence of staff to become used to class observations and adopt a positive “can do” attitude.



This programme is open to all teachers who want to improve their teaching practice and want to learn how to teach and facilitate consistently good lessons matching theory with application.



Audits of the programme both internally and externally have shown that participants become much more reflective about their teaching and of how to make their lessons consistently good.


“The Olevi ITP has acted like a magnifying glass. It has brought into sharp focus different aspects of my teaching practice and provided a practical tool to fine tune each of these in order to improve learning within my classroom and that of others. It has introduced a new way of thinking – to focus on the detail within a lesson, rather than simply its purpose, and to do so gradually and with structure (using DR ICE). Through embracing this philosophy, I have continued to deepen and challenge student’s thinking, for instance, enabling them to answer enquiry questions with greater precision and complexity. It has also made the implicit, explicit, highlighting strengths within my own teaching and encouraging me to share good practice with my colleagues.”

                                Hannah Kenyon, GeographyTeacher, The Henry Box School


“The ITP made me think in greater depth about teaching practices that I already knew, but had forgotten. It has given me the confidence to try new strategies to help students learn.”

                                                                       Clare Bownds, Wood Green School




OTP (Outstanding Teacher Programme)

“Outstanding is just the beginning”



To provide teachers with:


  • The ability to demonstrate higher level understanding of teaching and improve learning for their pupils

  • The ability to coach colleagues and pupils in their own school and in other schools to raise performance levels

  • The ability to create a proactive school culture where the quality of teaching and learning is openly observed, discussed, challenged and enhanced

Increased professional satisfaction and create opportunities for further leadership and career progression

The programme can be a key part of schools developing collaborative school-to-school support, which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in schools. Among many benefits, this programme helps teachers to become consistently outstanding in all their professional activities and have a significant impact on how people achieve.



  • Provides in-depth coaching to deepen teachers’ understanding of outstanding classroom practice. Participants improve through facilitated practice activities as structured opportunities to reflect on teaching approaches and their quality and impact

  • Introduces and consolidates new knowledge and skills, and focus on what makes teaching and learning outstanding

  • Requires learning 3s to prepare and present at an outstanding level to the whole delegate group for evaluation against DR ICE®

  • Forms part the school’s professional development provision as this supports the implementation of agreed best practice and national agendas

  • Provides strong input on the progression against the professional standards of excellence. This programme is crucial for teachers involved in developing Leadership in Teaching and Learning.



This programme is open to teachers with the potential and capacity to deliver consistently outstanding lessons, and who want to develop a mindset of excellence.


Applicants need to demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment to Teaching and Learning and show that they are inspiring individuals with strong interpersonal skills and who are role models for students

  • Some recognition that indicates that they have the ability to become outstanding teachers

  • 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

  • A willingness to develop their ability to influence and empower peers to excel.



Audits of the programme both internally and externally have shown that participants become much more reflective about their teaching and of how to make their lessons consistently outstanding. This includes placing greater emphasis on:

  • The purpose of the value of their lessons

  • Raising levels of engagement in learning

  • The use of different teaching styles to challenge learning

  • Greater readiness to innovate and take risks

  • More reflective planning


“The OTP programme changed the way I thought about the structure of my lessons and therefore changed the way I planned in the short and long terms for the better.it made me more aware of not only WHAT I was planning but more important WHY.  It was immediately evident to see that because I reflected and thought differently about the way I planned, it ultimately meant that all my students leant at a much deeper, profound level than before”.

                                     Dan Powell, Geography Teacher, The Henry Box School


Attending the OTP has made me visit my core teaching principles and given me confidence to deliver exceptional and challenging lessons.”

                                    Lisa Bricknell, Psychology Teacher, Wood Green School



The programme is usually facilitated over several terms and consists of 2 full days, 4 half day sessions, plus 3 sessions of in-school practice where peer planning and observation can take place. Ideally, secondary schools need to release three teachers for the programme as coaching takes place in learning 3s; PRUs, primary and special schools prefer to release one teacher as members of the primary learning 3s can come from local cluster schools.

Some schools may have previous participant who could support new delegates if only one teacher is able to attend.


OTAP (Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme)



OTAP enables teaching assistants to:

  • Place a greater emphasis on the purpose and value of the lessons they support

  • Raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning

  • Use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners

  • Innovate and take risks

  • Have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support

  • Demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and learning

  • Be able to coach colleagues to raise performance


The programme focuses on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as challenge, engagement, assessment, differentiation, questioning and planning. There are facilitated practical sessions and lesson observations at the host school, with linked practical tasks back in the participant’s own school to apply what they learn.



  • Understanding what an outstanding teaching assistant looks like?

  • Key definitions and audits of strengths & weaknesses

  • Coaching for deep learning

  • New learning on differentiation

  • Creating and leading an in-school project

  • Developing a success criteria

  • What is effective questioning?

  • Action planning and evaluation


The programme enables delegates to share ideas and strategies to help move their school’s forward. Delegates gain confidence in feeling able to voice their views and ideas, and feel empowered to take the lead in their development as “learning assistants”, with a focus on facilitating the pupils learning experience.



This programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be outstanding in their roles.


How to book

The costs of the programmes are:

OTP £595 per delegate or £10 discount per additional delegate (£1,170 for two)

ITP £575 per delegate

OTAP £435 per delegate

If you have any questions regarding any of the programmes, please contact Alex Wickson, Strategic Lead for OLEVI  on 01993 703955 or @bizatthebox @theB_L_T

If you wish to book a place, please contact Eileen Bourton, Olevi Administrator ebourton@henrybox.oxon.sch.uk 01993 703955




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