WIGT – What is Good Teaching?

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About the Author

Heather Clements (MSc) trained as a primary teacher in the late 1970s having had an earlier career in fashion retailing. Coming into teaching as a mature student Heather set a 10 year goal for her first headship which she achieved in 1990 to become headteacher of an all through primary school with nursery in Buckinghamshire. After 11 years as a successful headteacher, during which time Heather was seconded to the local authority and mentored several new headteachers, Heather became a primary adviser taking on responsibility for the new primary curriculum.

In this role Heather developed many of the ideas and principles which still underpin her work today. She has a passion for empowering schools to understand and improve themselves and within this for supporting teachers and school leaders in their drive towards achieving outstanding teaching and learning.

Heather went on to become Head of School Improvement in Harrow and latterly Director of Schools before becoming an independent consultant in 2011.

The WIGT toolkit has been developed and refined over almost 10 years to the version we have today. It was the subject of Heather’s masters degree research and has been used extensively and tried and tested in three local authorities and has underpinned Heather’s national training for schools and school leaders.