Trust Peer Review


Trust Peer Review

Explore your impact on school improvement and pupil outcomes.

All trusts are different. And while there’s no single formula for trust success, trust leaders share a singular ambition to drive improvement in their schools and enhance outcomes for the children and young people they serve.

Our innovative Trust Peer Review (TPR) is expert-led and highly valued for the unique insights it offers host trusts and reviewers alike.

Building on the successful model of our Quality Assurance Review programme for schools, the TPR enables trust-wide development and school improvement through challenge and collaboration. It also shares knowledge about what works across the wider education system.


How it works

External reviewers, led by an independent expert, team up with host trust leaders, spending three days exploring strengths, areas for development and next steps. Host leaders can also draw on their peers’ expertise if they’re facing a particular challenge.

The TPR relies on asking powerful, open questions in a spirit of appreciative inquiry and collaboration. 

There are benefits for peer reviewers too – by learning about the structures and strategies of different trusts they’re able to reflect on areas of development within their own.

The Trust Peer Review: 

  • Evaluates the trust on its own terms 
  • Is sharply focused on school improvement and the impact the trust has on outcomes 
  • Captures and shares effective practice 
  • Identifies areas for improvement 
  • Provides input on key challenges facing the trust 
  • Is expert-facilitated 
  • Is done with, not to, the host trust
  • Provides powerful CPD and insight for reviewers, which benefits their own trusts 
  • Builds evidence of what works in trust school improvement 

“Being a reviewer gave me perspectives across all aspects of the trust: staff, leadership, governance, etc. and this was really helpful in understanding how the trust operated as well as providing real insights into my own situation. Reflection after the review has led to some substantial change here.”
Carolyn Morgan, CEO, Ascent Academies Trust

Our impact 

Our Trust Peer Review has been independently evaluated by the NFER and their positive report is published here. Without exception, participants in the Trust Peer Review process found it to be of great value. 

“The Challenge Partners trust review process was a unique professional development opportunity for me.” Pippa Bremner, School Development Director, Danes Educational Trust 

For more information about the Trust Peer Review, please email [email protected] or call 020 7803 4970. There is also more information in this leaflet here. To formally express interest in hosting a review, participating as a reviewer or both, please complete this form.

You can also find out more about the many benefits of joining our Network of Excellence here.

Video: How one trust benefitted from the Trust Peer Review