Work at South Wirral High School to overhaul the quality and consistency of curriculum implementation and delivery in the classroom resulted in the creation of the South Wirral Way. Across two articles, Dr Helen Darlington explains what they did, how, why, and the impact


‘Too much variation” and “lack of consistency” in the quality of teaching and learning are phrases that jumped out of the Ofsted report on my school back in the spring of 2019.

No doubt the underlying issues contributed significantly to the “requires improvement” verdict of the inspectors. How we, as a whole school, tackled this challenge is the focus of these two articles. Here, we will explore the approach we developed in terms of the challenge we faced and the underpinning rationale of our proposed solution – The South Wirral Way of Excellence in Teaching .

And the second article (which has now been published here) will address the process we adopted for implementation and its impact – not least the follow-up Ofsted inspection in November 2022.

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