The Peer Challenge programme was designed with and for local Hounslow Headteachers and is a partnership between schools that promotes collective responsibility and shared accountability for the educational outcomes of children and young people in Hounslow. The quality assured programme, now in its 8th year, has 45 schools actively involved in school improvement across the partnership. This sustained engagement of schools and leadership teams across Hounslow schools is a direct result of the positive outcomes and benefits that participating schools have experienced.
Aims of the programme
Foster and embed ambition, high aspiration and achievement for all the children and young people educated in Hounslow
Establish a distinctive and sustainable ‘Hounslow’ approach to support for school improvement, created, developed and owned by Hounslow schools, and founded on the principles of ‘system leadership’, in which school leaders contribute to school improvement beyond their own school
Adopt an approach to school improvement that supports and challenges all schools – not just those at risk – at whatever stage of their improvement journey
How Peer Challenge works
Participating schools work in triads, coordinated by a Lead Headteacher
Each school undertakes self-assessment
Two peer challenges a year
Peer Challenge process includes handbook and support materials
Sample of peer reviews quality assured in each cycle
Outcomes identified for Joint Practice Development
HEP’s role is to promote Joint Practice Development, scoped and developed on behalf of members by the School Led Improvement Group (SLIPs).
Identified Areas for Joint Practice Development
Subject Leaders Network – facilitated through HEP
Attendance Network and workshops
Middle and Senior Leader development
Moving schools from good to outstanding
Ofsted skills training
Get Hounslow Reading
Back on Track programme
Peer Challenge Lead Headteachers
Alison Small – Collaborative A John Norton – Collaborative B Eileen Sheedy – Collaborative C Debbie Norton – Collaborative D
Contingent Talk with Books – "Really really enjoying this training, I feel it's a lovely way to up-skill our EYPs. Such a worthwhile project for Early Years, which you can see working right in front of your eyes."
Get Hounslow Reading – "Great 'inspiring' course which presents plenty of opportunity for communication and collaboration. Also a good mixture of theory and practical ideas. Many thanks."
Secondary Subject Networks – "Effective agendas, excellent external speakers organised that we wouldn't usually have time to arrange to meet to help generate new ideas for trips, extracurricular activities and lessons."
Get Hounslow Reading – “Feel very inspired and not under pressure to do this. I want to do this. I can see that it is child-centred, but that I also love it!”
Secondary Subject Networks – “As I am very new to my role as EAL Lead, and I am at a new school, the Subject Networks have been crucial in helping me to learn more from experienced members of staff. The Google Drive with shared EAL resources has been incredibly helpful for starting EAL interventions across the school.”
Get Hounslow Reading – "Very informative and helpful. A lovely chance to reflect. Excellent, enthusiastic delivery which would inspire anyone! You are very knowledgeable and sessions are well-organised. Thank you!”
SEND Training – “There was plenty of time for discussion which was valuable. Strategies to help support, and ideas to consider, if children have been impacted by Domestic Abuse allowed me to think about the issues more than before."
Deep Dive Subject Leader Training – “Thank you for the very detailed and thorough subject leader checklist. It is an extremely useful and much necessary exercise. It's been an eye opener. Thank you”
Develop your A Level Teaching – “Really interesting to hear what other schools are thinking of doing by way of a recovery curriculum when we return. I think the discussions around wellbeing were very pertinent.”
The success of the Hounslow Education Partnership depends, in part, on good communication so please do get in touch to give us your feedback or about anything else you would like to discuss.
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