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Challenge Partners

Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led national network of schools that improves
school performance through peer-to-peer challenge and knowledge sharing. Each
school in Challenge Partners receives an annual Quality Assurance (QA) Review. The
QA Review is a peer review involving senior leaders from other schools in the
partnership. The review has a whole-school remit and focuses on teaching and
learning, which enables practitioners to have deep conversations about the quality of
learning in the school being reviewed.

All outcomes are agreed between the school and the review team as part of an ongoing professional dialogue that seeks to unpick and articulate effective teaching practice and school improvement strategies. Review reports are best viewed as a summary of conversations between peers during three days spent in school.

By nature of being a collaborative peer review, the QA Review is different from other
external inspections. Due to the review’s focus on teaching and learning, the review
does not consider areas such as safeguarding or governance and so its outcomes are
not directly comparable to an Ofsted inspection. 

Click here to read our Challenge Partner Report from February 2020.