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

Meet the Expert – Art Workshop – "Good delivery and alternative resource options provided. There were clear explanations and questions to ask children were also provided."

Middle Leader Training – "Very inspiring leaders who answered all questions without making you feel at all silly. Loved it."

Deep Dive Subject Leader Training – "I so enjoyed the course. It made me realise how much I have to do in History, but so reassuring to have someone who knows what he is talking about!"

Develop your A Level Teaching – "Collaboration is a huge part of this project; CPD and teacher training works best when you’re doing it alongside colleagues. The 4 HEP principles make it clear to teachers what the bare bones of an excellent lesson look like."

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