Adam Lowing became the headteacher of Whitehill Primary School last year, having previously been the headteacher at St Mary Cray Academy since 2014. The school had been through challenging circumstances for quite some time, and joining Challenge Partners helped the school to see where it was, and where it needed to take the next steps on its improvement journey.
Challenge Partners has made a huge difference to Adam, who first experienced the Quality Assurance Review as a middle leader, then as a senior leader and finally as a headteacher in his own school. He says, “each time, I came out as a better leader - more confident and more inspired”.
“As a middle leader in a school your world is the four walls of your school and maybe your local authority forum or multi academy trust. The standards that you think are acceptable, are what you are used to and what you see. Challenge Partners makes you start to think in terms of the national, and take a more objective perspective that brings real clarity.”
“Going out on a review is potentially even more powerful for your professional development than being reviewed yourself. It is the greatest privilege.” Adam has seen many colleagues come back from a QA Review, more ready to question their own practice. “They are more reflective, and able to lift themselves above the context of their own school to see things in far more broad brush strokes.”