As a school, we believe that self-reflecting is an effective way to ensure that we continue to improve and secure the best outcomes for our children. This is why we have joined Challenge Partners from May 2019. This is a teacher-led national network of schools focused on improving school performance through peer-to- peer challenge and knowledge sharing. Each school involved with Challenge Partners receives an annual Quality Assurance Review. This review is a peer review involving senior leaders from other schools in the partnership. The review focuses on School Improvement Strategies, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Outcomes for Pupils.
During the review, the senior leaders and the visiting review team visit each class, followed by an in-depth discussion on the practice observed. Outcomes from the review are agreed between the school and the review team. Review reports are best viewed as a summary of conversations between teaching professionals during three days spent at a school.
A Challenge Partner review is different from other external inspections such as Ofsted and Local Authority reports. Additionally, due to the review’s focus on teaching and learning, it does not consider areas such as safeguarding or governance and its outcomes cannot be directly comparable to an Ofsted inspection.