Blinks: High quality reviews and training
Blinks: High quality reviews and training
Blinks: High quality reviews and training
High quality reviews and training
High quality reviews and training

What are Blinks?
  • Blinks offer high quality reviews of educational settings: nurseries, schools, colleges, university departments. A fresh pair of eyes aims to get to the heart of a setting, capturing students' lived experience.

  • Blinks involve one or two-day visits focused on improving the quality of offer to students. Frequently there is an emphasis on consolidating good and excellent practice.

  • Blinks are rooted in best national and international practice, and are tailored to each individual context. 'Less is more' and 'working alongside' are guiding principles.

  • Blinks are led by experienced leaders and practitioners in their fields, all of whom have operated in the UK or internationally.

  • Blinks provide leaders with: an independent, written report evaluating educational quality; professional development in self-evaluation; supportive agenda for future directions.
Blinks: High quality institution reviews for the education sector

Background

Blinks (short inspections) were first developed by Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) in England's schools.

The Blinks team has extended the range over the past fifteen years to include nurseries and kindergartens, schools and academy trusts serving all ages, further education colleges and university courses.

In overseas contexts, Blinks have been commissioned in government, private and international schools and university departments.

Common areas of focus for Blinks include:
  • Institution self-evaluation: 'good' to 'great'

  • teaching and learning experience

  • curriculum and ethos

  • oracy and literacy

  • middle and senior leadership

  • high performance learning.

Blinks: High quality institution reviews for the education sector

What do leaders say about Blinks?

'I like the letters to staff. They are fair, helpful and incisive - and give us a springboard to make the next step.' (Headteacher)

'Thank you for the two days. It was fantastic CPD experience for my colleagues and me, and will help us improve.' (Headteacher)

'We commissioned one-day Blinks for thirty of our primary schools to help headteachers with sharp self-evaluation. Student outcomes and inspection results improved significantly for almost all participating schools.' (Local Authority Director)

'Blinks were conducted over a three month period across fifteen of our primary, special and secondary academies, with a focus on the consistency of our ethos and enriching the curriculum for students. The process and the final reports were invaluable for leaders and teachers.' (Academy Trust Regional Director)

'Our family of seven schools serving students from around the world moved into the very good and outstanding inspection categories as a result of the week of Blinks. Fun and professionally engaging.' (CEO, International Schools)

'The Foundation Year provision at the university has been radically overhauled since we commissioned the Blink. Students and faculty found the 'working with' style of those leading the Blink enabling and positive.' (Head of College)


Blinks: High quality institution reviews for the education sector

Roy Blatchford CBE leads and quality assures the Blinks programme in the UK and internationally, having reviewed/inspected over 1000 settings. He has served as a school principal and as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors. For the past two years he has been implementing education system reform in the Middle East.

Roy was Founding Director, National Education Trust (2006-16).

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