What are the Quality Assurance (QA) Review’s aims and how does it work?
Challenge Partners’ quality assurance and assessment is built around the QA Review, a professionally-led peer review focused on teaching and learning. The review identifies areas for development, bringing key challenges to schools for the coming year and also provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the visiting team members. It is a joint exercise between the review team and the school. All activities include a member of the school working alongside the reviewers. This approach enables honest and open conversations about where the school is and where it is going, to the benefit of all concerned.
Each school in the Network of Excellence (NOE) will receive an annual review, and reciprocates this by sending their headteacher and senior leaders to review other schools in the network. All reviewers will be trained by Challenge Partners prior to experiencing their first review.
The QA Review aims to provide schools with:
An initial audit when joining Challenge Partners
An annual audit as part of a school’s self-evaluation cycle
A validation of a school’s own self-evaluation
Challenge for the forthcoming year
The identification of areas of excellent practice
Development opportunities for senior staff
Getting the most from the review - what happens next
The review report is shared with the Central Team and the relevant Hub Manager to enable follow-on support.
Who is it for?
The QA Review is for headteachers and senior leaders from schools in the NOE.
What has been the QA Review’s impact so far?
In the past 5 years we have:
- Conducted over 800 reviews, equating to 16,000 hours of reviewing
- Accredited 330 Areas of Excellence
- Trained 45 Lead reviewers
- Trained 2,100 reviewers (900 in the last 2 years)
The feedback we received is:
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