Peer Improvement Pathway
Launched in October 2019 the pilot for the Peer improvement Pathway is underway. Various training sessions took place early in the autumn term: Enquiry Lead, Enquiry Cluster and Quality Peer Review: all highly rated.
Clusters are supported by Enquiry Leads. Participants are supported to take an evidence-informed approach to exploring, planning for, and delivering on a focus area of strategic importance. Clusters occur 3 times a year. On these days participants also benefit from Practice Spotlight sessions the hosting school provides. To date Spotlights have covered a range of areas including curriculum, reading, and working with parents.
“We have the found the process very helpful as it made us spend time discussing and debating the key issues, and this has enabled the department to focus on strategies for improvement. The opportunity to meet and discuss the plans with colleagues from other schools, with mutual support and challenge, has proved invaluable. As a school we are now using the planning process with another department and looking to create a network with other schools with a similar school improvement agenda.”
Nick Law- Executive Head, Robert Carre Trust, January 2020
Although early in the cycle, participant feedback is extremely positive:
- 94% said ‘a lot/significantly’ to ‘participants are sharing knowledge and expertise’
- 92% said ‘a lot/significantly’ that ‘being part of the Enquiry cluster is useful professional development for me’
- 72% said ‘a lot/strongly agree’ that ‘being a member of my enquiry cluster is helping me to improve outcomes for pupils.’
- 80% said ‘a lot/strongly agree’ that ‘being part of an enquiry cluster is helping me to effectively lead the focus area in my school’