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Case study: Highbury Grove

Case study: Highbury Grove


City of London Academy Highbury Grove is a mixed secondary school with academy status located in the London Borough of Islington. Their students are at the heart of everything they do. Their teachers get appointed for their passion, enthusiasm, and expertise in communicating with young people.

Before using ProgressTeaching, City of London Academy Highbury Grove tracked self-evaluations manually via spreadsheets. The information that observers needed to conduct a lesson observation wasn’t readily available.


  • Move from a high-stakes, low-frequency observation model to a low-stakes and high-frequency model
  • Gain a typical view of teaching across the school
  • Reduce stress on teachers
  • Deliver reports to stakeholders easily
  • Identify teaching and learning requirements
  • Remove paper-based processes associated with observations

It’s great! I absolutely love it! It’s given me the tools and time I need to better inform decisions. Our teachers can now take greater ownership of their own development needs. It has allowed us to place our strongest teachers where they need to be and identify training needs throughout the school!

Oli Hamdi, Vice Principal


Thanks to ProgressTeaching, City of London Academy Highbury Grove is now using a low-stakes high-frequency observation model. They have a deeper understanding of training needs across different departments and have increased the number of lesson observations conducted from 70 a term to 380.

Professional development across the school has become even better as teachers can take ownership of their development needs by seeing exactly where they need to improve on the ProgressTeaching platform.

Their leaders can accrurately report to stakeholders using the automatically generated reports in the ProgressTeaching platform. They now have a clear view of the typicality of teaching at their school which has hugely reduced the stress burden on teachers associated with high-stakes observations.

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