Research and evaluation

Our programmes are grounded in evidence of what works and regular quality assurance 

Our Quality Assurance Review has been externally validated by the Institute of Education and found to offer schools multiple gains. You can read the full research report here.

Collaborative Responses to Challenging Times captures and shares effective practice across Challenge Partners’ vibrant and diverse network based on analysis of over 300 quality assurance visits undertaken in 2021/22. You can read the full report here.

We worked with the NAHT and other partners to define the Principles of Effective Peer Review, and the report is available here.

Our Getting Ahead London programme helps aspiring headteachers. Read the external evaluation of the programme here.

Our programme Growing the Top, to encourage stand out schools to perform even better, has been evaluated jointly by Dr Peter Matthews and Roisin Killick, our internal evaluation lead. The findings also help define the common elements for school success. Find out more here and read the report here.

We worked on the Department for Education-funded Knowsley Strategic School Improvement project, which aimed to raise literacy standards in 29 primary and secondary schools in an area with exceptionally high levels of disadvantage. Deploying experienced headteachers/CEOs to advise and coach school leaders led to an 'extremely positive impact', evaluated by Manchester Met University. Further details here.

Our Trust Peer Review has been evaluated by NFER and their positive report is published here. The need for evidence was spelt out by our CEO on launching the programme, here.

ImpactEd has released a learning report showcasing effective evaluation practice from seven Challenge Partner schools, addressing improving pupil wellbeing and resilience, closing disadvantage gaps and more. Read the report here.