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Who we are

The Schools Partnership Programme was developed with schools and launched by Education Development Trust in response to emerging changes in the education system in England. Schools are becoming more autonomous, and responsibility for school improvement has begun to move away from local authorities to the schools themselves.

Headteachers are gaining greater freedoms to lead outstanding schools and a range of policy levers have been put in place to encourage collaboration, particularly between successful schools and local peers facing challenge. This move towards a self-improving system means that schools are becoming more aware of the need to collaborate better with others to support improvement, with a desire to ensure that partnership working is efficient, positive and leads to real impact.

Thus, SPP was created in 2014. It is the only peer review model that is informed by research evidence and benefits from Education Development Trust's global network of partners, making it distinctive and effective.

Our emerging evidence base suggests the model is making a real difference in schools. Initial analysis of Ofsted data shows that the first cohort of schools improved against their baseline Ofsted grades at better than the national rate of improvement. SPP schools are significantly more likely to improve by one or more grades in inspection than the national average.

To further support our emerging evidence, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are currently undertaking an evaluation of the Schools Partnership Programme. It is one of the largest studies EEF have undertaken, with 450 schools signing up to take part. The evaluation report will be published Spring 2022.

"The work that Education Development Trust have been supporting in Essex has been essential to the development of a school-led improvement system. Not only have they acted as a strategic partner to the local authority but worked in the development of the county-wide project board, as well as gaining direct feedback from our schools. They have been a key player in the development and implementation of this key strategy.”

Clare Kershaw, Director for Community Education and Learning, Essex County Council

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