The nationally recognised Outstanding Teacher Programme© (OTP) by OLEVI (The International Centre for Leadership and Learning) is a highly effective CPD programme, delivered to eligible teaching staff by OLEVI trained and accredited facilitators.

Castle Phoenix Teaching School are involved in the facilitation of the OTP through the Coventry Teaching Schools Council offer, organised by Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance – Visit their website for programme dates.


The OTP, developed by OLEVI, is a highly successful programme of professional development designed for teachers who are currently ‘good’ or borderline ‘outstanding’ and have the capacity to develop their pedagogy to become consistently ‘outstanding’ teachers.


The programme consists of seven ‘taught’ sessions, where delegates are given the opportunity to trial and embed the key concepts of outstanding teaching within their own teaching practice.

Quotes from school leaders:

“Some of my teachers recently finished the OTP and loved it – please pass my thanks on for that!”  A Warwickshire Headteacher

“A thank you for the OTP programme – I now have the start of lead practitioners which makes things so much easier when spreading the support and learning buzz around school” A Warwickshire Deputy Headteacher

Quotes from Previous Participants:

“Before taking the OTP course I was a consistently good teacher. The OTP course helped me to develop a framework for delivering consistently outstanding lessons, not only during lesson observations, but in my general everyday practice. The course allows you to develop practical and easily implementable techniques to improve key skills such as questioning, engagement and deep thinking. Just as importantly you are given time and opportunities to practise and embed these skills in your practice. Since completing this course my teaching was noted as being of exceptionally high quality during an OFSTED inspection and I have been accredited as a lead learning practitioner.”

“The DR ICE focus in particular on the course has been invaluable. I still use it for lesson observations as well as for leading planning scrutiny and home learning scrutiny within the faculty, as well as to lead the structure for student voice in terms of feedback. It gives people another way of thinking about their planning which cuts across the lesson activities to help them see whether all the elements that can be present, are, or not.”

“I attended the Autumn 1 course…..and I was really concerned about my recent ‘health check’ observations. I’m pleased to say that in last week’s Ofsted, I was judged as ‘outstanding’ so thank you so much for all your help!”

“I have learnt the DR ICE strategies and how to implement them in my teaching. The deepening thinking strategy in particular has helped my teaching. It has also developed my confidence. I do not enjoy speaking in front of others, but this pushed me into the “stretch zone” and really helped me.”

“Provided me with tools/confidence to apply what I have learnt and used in our sessions. Challenged me to really think about my level of challenge of all groups of pupils and not accept less.”

“Challenged my understanding of what outstanding looks like and how it can be implemented in a lesson. Helped me to adapt my teaching style as well as my approach to planning lessons.”

“I have gained many different strategies which will enable me to become an outstanding teacher. This has impacted my own teaching and the children’s progress.”