“It was an excellent opportunity to work on an objective view of an area of our organisation which we had identified for development. The process of working with other local colleagues really helped us to clarify our thinking and has significantly influenced our strategic planning.”
London South Teaching School Hub is one of only a handful of groups designated as a hub for the Education Development Trust’s Schools Partnership Programme, a cluster-based school improvement model of mutual school-to-school accountability.
Unlike other peer review models, which use a ‘mocksted’ approach, our Peer Review programme is an invitational model in which school leaders identify an area of practice they are keen to develop or review. They then invite colleagues from schools in their Peer Review cluster to explore a specific set of evidence which they have identified as pertinent to their review focus. This evidence may include lesson observations, work scrutinies, interviews with stakeholders etc.
Shortly after the review, a trained Improvement Facilitator leads a workshop for stakeholders which is carefully designed to support the school to develop an action plan to respond to review feedback. We then signpost the school to further support or resources that may help them achieve their goals.
In 2019-20, 37 schools and nurseries across and beyond London participated in our Peer Review programme. Feedback from those involved was overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of peer review, both for leaders’ own professional development and for their schools. The programme enabled those participating to build deeper professional trust, and to secure improvements in their own and each other’s schools.
What is involved?
Participation in Peer Review includes:
Peer Review training programme
Who should attend?
Participating schools need to train as a minimum, the headteacher as a Lead Reviewer and two to three other senior leaders to be Reviewers and/or Improvement Facilitators.
Training programme structure:
Member schools join for free.
Non-member schools: £600
Returning non-member schools: £350
To register your interest in joining our 2021-22 cohort, please contact us below: