Primary Peer Challenge

Primary Peer Challenge

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 6th 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). 

 Joint Practice Development this year has focused on:

  • Subject Leaders Network – arranged locally through partnership area group 
  • Attendance Network and workshops 
  • Middle Leader development 
  • Curriculum leadership 
  • Subject leadership 
  • Moving schools from good to outstanding 
  • Understanding the Ofsted Framework – Ofsted skills training
Peer Challenge Lead Headteachers

Alison Small – Collaborative A
John Norton – Collaborative B
Eileen Sheedy – Collaborative C
Debbie Norton – Collaborative D

Key contact
HEP Director: Cormac Bourne

What our members say

Get Hounslow Reading – “Excellent session, Charlotte has extensive knowledge and understanding and I am really looking forward to being involved in the project.”

Secondary Subject Networks – “I’ve really appreciated sharing practice, discussing challenges with colleagues and having a sense of being part of a wider team for small departments.”

Primary Subject Leader Networks – “I really like the idea of subject specialists leading subject leader meetings.”

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.”

Contact us

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.


Our member schools