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    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.

    Southwark Headteacher, commenting on their participation in our 2016 peer review pilot

    Overview

    London South Teaching School Alliance is proud to be one of only a handful of groups designated as a hub for the Education Development Trust’s Schools Partnership Programme. SPP is a cluster-based school improvement model based on rigorous and impact-focused peer review. It supports school leaders to drive their own improvement, through a continuous cycle of self-review, peer review and school-to-school support and improvement. The school being reviewed determines the focus of their review so it is consistent with their own self-evaluation and priorities. Shortly after the review an “improvement facilitator” supports the school to develop a plan to respond to review feedback and signpost support.

    In 2018/2019, 31 schools and nurseries across and beyond London are participating in our peer review programme. Feedback from those involved has been overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of peer review, both for headteachers’ and leaders’ own professional development and for their schools. It has enabled those participating to build deeper professional trust, and to secure improvements in their own and each other’s schools.

    Participation in peer review includes:

    • All training and resources necessary to be an effective reviewer and/or improvement facilitator for you and 1-2 colleagues
    • Work in clusters to review each other’s schools
    • An improvement workshop for your school based on feedback from your review
    • Chances to share learning with other schools and to receive further training and support based on the findings of the reviews

    Session details

    This programme is led by Liz Robinson, Co-Director, Big Education Trust.

    Session Date Time Venue
    Peer Review Training Monday 1st October 8:00-11:00 Ivydale Primary School, 1 Bellwood Road, London SE15 3DE
    Improvement Facilitator Training Monday – 15th October 8:00-11:00 Ivydale Primary School, 1 Bellwood Road, London SE15 3DE
    End of year review and reflections for all Monday – 8th July 8:00-11:00 Camelot Primary School, Bird in Bush Rd, Peckham, London, SE15 1QP

    Sign up and cost

    Our SPP hub status also means that we are able to support other groups to establish their own peer review clusters. Our 2018-19 programme is now full. To register your interest in future cohorts, please contact us at info@londonsouthtsa.org.uk.