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
Ofsted Inspection Training – "Four days well spent! Supporting the development of our school under the guidance of a skilled trainer with a wealth of experience across the primary range was invaluable."
Primary Subject Networks – "The content in the sessions covers all aspects of high quality practice in Maths and it makes me reflective on my practice in class and how I lead and help develop other teachers."
Primary Subject Networks – "Meeting other subject leaders and sharing, makes me feel better about what we are delivering and that we are on the right track."
Develop your A level Teaching – "It was really nice to be able to talk to other A level German teachers as there aren’t very many and we could share our experiences."
Contingent Talk with Books – "Such a worthwhile project for Early Years, which you can see working right in front of your eyes. Well-planned and organised project, fantastic expert who inspires us all."
Get Hounslow Reading – "The biggest impact has been on our teachers’ enthusiasm for reading/books and their knowledge of high quality texts, finding innovative ways to engage readers through displays, book talk and story time."
Secondary Subject Networks – "There are so many useful takeaways from the meeting to help improve teaching and learning and they are things which can easily be put into place after the meeting."
Get Hounslow Reading – “There can be no doubt of the enthusiasm of Hounslow teachers and impact of their hard work on growing a Reading for Pleasure practice in their schools over this academic year. Many teachers said that the time to talk and share practice was what they valued most highly.”
Charlotte Raby – Programme Facilitator
Secondary Subject Networks – “I really enjoy the content and the supportive group of fellow geography leaders discussing ideas in a non-judgmental, relatively informal way. The group certainly helps each other and fundamentally discusses relevant topics which are benefiting me.”
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!”
Challenging Behaviour Training – “Great training, thank you for all your expertise and advice. I learnt lots of things about different ways that can affect pupils’ behaviour and how to deal with different situations."
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 – “A much appreciated forum to apply pedagogy to a subject specific domain, with such rich professional talk after the keynotes in the Economics breakout session.”
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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