An independent evaluation of Challenge Partners’ peer reviews of schools
- Paperback / softback, 72 pages, 297 mm x 210 mm
- 14 Oct 2015
- Institute of Education Press
Dr Peter Matthews OBE was chief education adviser for Northumberland before helping to set up Ofsted in 1992, becoming its head of inspection quality, monitoring and development. Since 2004 he has worked as a consultant with national and international educational and government bodies, and published widely on leadership and accountability.
Marcia Headon worked as a teacher and headteacher until 2003, when she became an HMI, helping to develop school inspection frameworks for Ofsted in 2005 and 2009 and becoming an Ofsted regional director. Now a consultant, she specializes in monitoring schools in special measures.
CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; About the authors; Foreword, by Chris Husbands; Executive summary; Main findings; Recommendations for further development and improvement; 1. The context for school quality assurance reviews; 2. Inputs: The organization and staffing of quality assurance reviews; 3. The quality assurance review in practice; 4. Review outcomes and follow-up; 5. The quality and quality assurance of QA reviews; 6. Looking forward; Annex A. Comparison of the main elements of short (section 8) Ofsted inspections, and QA reviews; References and notes
‘Matthews and Headon explore the power of an innovation that genuinely builds capacity and engages stakeholders. Challenge Partners focuses on both the “outside” and the “inside”: the model is rigorous in its analysis of performance, but understands that school performance is the result of internal processes that marshal and build professional expertise. It has grown and developed remarkably and the results are, as the authors show, “highly credible”. This report is strongly focused on outcomes, but also shows just how much detailed planning and sheer logistics go into making it work.’