Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Report

During Spring 1 Term we hosted the Challenge Partners review team who spent three days at Willow Dene. This team of professionals looked at all aspects of teaching and learning at Willow Dene and this included learning walks, observations and meetings with teachers and leaders as well as access to school documentation. We did a lot of preparation for the review as it was important for us to gain an external perspective on how we are doing and how we could improve. 

What is 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.

See below to read the full report.