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"Providing innovation, excellence and expertise to schools and academies across London and the South East."
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
"We've had some great support for Governors and also in our development of literacy - Secondary headteacher "
"It was really helpful to share our journey with a professional who understood both the school and local context - Primary Headteacher "
"I found the whole experience incredibly useful and fed back to teachers on your points in yesterday's staff meeting.
It has made me more confident in driving reading across the school and feel that we have all gained so much from it in moving reading forward in our school."
"Our Link Advisor knows the school well; they understand our priorities. We welcome discussions which will support our development and our LA provides this. Their knowledge, as an experienced Ofsted Inspector, enriches our discussions. - Primary Headteacher "
"We have received excellent advice and support from our HR advisor. This had included guidance on a support staff restructure, leading meetings and drafting letters which have all been done to a high standard and in a timely manner. Thank you for all that you do."
"Our Educational Psychologist visited our school, to model supervision techniques in the Spring Term. We all found the session to be very helpful and informative. We were able to discuss challenging cases and scenarios in a confidential and supportive setting and left feeling happier and more positive. We would strongly recommend the Octavo Designated Safeguarding Lead supervision support ad we plan to hold similar sessions in the future.
"Working with advisers to ensure clarity of understanding regarding an impending Ofsted was a real pleasure! Their knowledge and effective questioning inspired focused action, rigour and confidence in our ability to achieve our goals. The discussions supported all of our team, including Senior and Middle Leaders, NQTs and Governors. I would highly recommend this bespoke support."
"Sonia was very professional and thorough in her external review of our governance processes. The process felt collaborative and we uncovered lots of ideas for improvement just through our conversations. The final report was very comprehensive and gave us a clear set of actions to work towards. We’d wholeheartedly recommend Octavo to other governing bodies."
"Our clerk has understood where we (both the school and the governing board itself) are at in our journey towards excellence in school governance and provided relevant and appropriate advice which is helping us improve the quality of what we do."
"Our clerk is an excellent clerk to the Governing Board. We are very pleased with our clerk’s professionalism."
"Our clerk is very professional in her duties and advice giving. She is an asset for the Local Board."
"It has been wonderful to attend training delivered by those who understand how people learn. I have recently been in many corporate trainings with no interaction. The break out rooms and discussions are invaluable."
"As a Trust we have continued to access the support from advisers to further school development. This has included working closely with our school improvement partner who has provided us with valuable and relevant training, CPD opportunities for staff and governors, as well as supporting us with preparation for OFSTED.
Our staff have also worked closely with advisers on the curriculum, SEND, assessment and moderation. Advisers have provided effective support for all of our schools according to need. "
"The support we receive from HR services is exemplary, allowing us to feel confident that we are working within the legislative framework as we face complex critical incidents. In the current context, it has been more important than ever that schools deal effectively with issues relating to staff health and wellbeing; once again, the advice and guidance received has been nuanced, clear and timely."
"I want to say thank you for all the work you have done for us over the years. Taking on the SIMS queries has meant we can focus on other aspects of IT and as your work is always top quality we could trust your in talent and knowledge without hesitation."
"Exceptional, delivering an outstanding service in a very sensitive, skilful, thorough and efficient manner. Our Educational Psychologist has gone above and beyond and provided both the school, parents and other agencies with intelligent and prompt advice that has already made a positive difference to the lives of the children."
"The service School Improvement provided meant that my transition from one local authority to a new LA was seamless. I was well informed and supported; was able to arrange bespoke sessions and reviews to fit my staff's needs and took advantage of the wide range of CPD opportunities available for staff at every level. I know that I can call on them at any time for advice or support."