Investing in the Team.

The Investors in People Standard

The Standard explores practices and outcomes within an organisation under three performance headings: leading, supporting and improving. Under each heading, we have identified three key indicators.

  • new standard leading


    Creating purpose in a fast changing environment whilst motivating through change have become essential skills for many roles. Outperforming organisations foster leadership skills at every level of the organisation to deliver outstanding results.

    1. Leading and inspiring people

      Leaders make the organisation's objectives clear. They inspire and motivate people to deliver against these objectives and are trusted by people in the organisation.

  • Living the organisation's values

    People and leaders act in line with the organisation’s values at all times. They have the courage and support to challenge inconsistent behaviours.

  • Empowering and involving people

    There is a culture of trust and ownership in the organisation where people feel empowered to make decisions and act on them.

  • new standard support


    For many, constant change is now normal. Successful organisations are moving towards flatter structures to enable faster decision-making, customer focus and agility. Reduced overheads, better service for customers and more successful organisations are the benefits of this approach.

    1. Managing performance

      Objectives within the organisation are fully aligned, performance is measured and feedback is used.

  • Recognising and rewarding high performance

    Recognition and reward is clear and appropriate, creating a culture of appreciation where people are motivated to perform at their best.

  • Structuring work

    The organisation is structured to deliver the organisation's ambition. Roles are designed to deliver organisational objectives and create interesting work for people, whilst encouraging collaborative ways of working.

  • new standard improving


    The best organisations are always looking for opportunities to improve by seeking every marginal gain. They know that every small change adds together to enable them to constantly outperform.

    1. Building capability

      People’s capabilities are actively managed and developed. This allows people to realise their full potential and ensures that the organisation has the right people at the right time for the right roles.

  • Delivering continuous improvement

    There is a focus on continuous improvement. People use internal and external sources to come up with new ideas and approaches, supported by a culture that encourages innovation.

  • Creating sustainable success

    The organisation has a focus on the future and is responsive to change. Leaders have a clear understanding of the external environment and the impact this has on the organisation.

  • Our last assessment was in 2016 which will see us accredited until 2019. We are very proud of this achievement as it recognises how well the team work together and share the same vision of excellence for the children. 

    We also hold the Investors in People Health and Well-being award. The Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award is a unique way to assess the relati

    ve 'healthiness' of an organisation.

    Based on three complimentary elements - of supporting physical, phychological and social wellbeing - the award offers an assessment of an organisation's approach to the health of its employees.

    Click here to find out more about the award.