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.
2018-19 participating Headteacher
London South Teaching School Alliance 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 so it is consistent with their own self-evaluation and priorities. 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 who was not involved in the review leads a workshop for stakeholders which is carefully designed to support the school to develop an action plan to respond to review feedback. The alliance then signposts 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:
- All training and resources necessary to be an effective reviewer and/or Improvement Facilitator for you and two colleagues
- Work in clusters to review each other’s schools, led by an experienced headteacher Cluster Leader
- One annual review and a follow-up 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
Who is the programme for?
Participating schools need to send as a minimum, the headteacher and two to three other senior leaders.
This programme is led by Sarah Seleznyov, Director, London South Teaching School Alliance.
Date: Friday 4 December 2020
Theme: Mid point review meeting
Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: Timings to be set by cluster leader
Theme: End of year review and planning for next year
Date: Friday 18 June 2021
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.
To register your interest in joining our 2020-21 cohort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member schools join for free.
Non-member schools: £600
Returning non-member schools: £350