In November 2020, school leaders’ union NAHT published its ‘Improving Schools’ report, from the School Improvement Commission. The report details their vision for the future of education in England and details a number of recommendations to rebalance holding schools to account with helping them to improve to unleash the potential within schools.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the webinar on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Over two hundred school leaders from across the country joined us to discuss and explore with Professor Barry Carpenter, his five levers of Recovery Curriculum, and how peer support and collaboration for teachers and leaders may be more important now than ever before.
For the last five years now, the Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) has worked with almost 2,000 schools around the country to help them not only to help each other, but to improve each other’s practice. SPP builds the skills in peer review, coaching, non-judgmental enquiry and creating a culture of feedback and support that transform more traditional approaches to school improvement into something school-led and empowering, putting power not only in the hands of school leaders but, in time, middle leaders and staff across the whole school.
SPP Associate Pam Butterfield interviews Pip Utting, Head Teacher at Burlington Junior School, New Malden.
The challenge in improving any system is often in having the ability to disrupt existing thinking so that honest enquiry can take place. That challenge has been taken care of for us; never in living memory has the education sector as a whole faced this level of disruption.
Victoria Saville, Principal, Fieldhead Primary Academy. As a new principal for a school in special measures, they were already under real scrutiny by HMI. However, the Schools Partnership Programme felt like something that they had more control over, see into other schools and dig deep into what they were doing, and feel like they were part of something different.
Read how SPP schools and partnerships are responding, learning and thinking about the future during the ‘Covid-19 Summer.’ This is a summary of findings from interviews with SPP partnership leads during June and July 2020.
Vanessa Huws Jones from our Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) Associate Team speaks with Natalie Fountain, Executive Head across four Sunderland schools within the Wise Academy Trust.
These research-informed briefs report what school partnerships have discovered about working together through peer review and how their experience compares with wider research findings.
We explore what practitioners have learned about the culture, the practical systems and processes, the skills and attributes and the use of evidence and data required to support effective peer review partnerships.
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