Key Voices #65 – ‘Making great practice common practice’; the role of peer review with Dr Kate Chhatwal OBE

“I think it's a really brave thing for a school  to open itself up to scrutiny from peers, but it's also a really important thing to do if you are looking to drive your school forward”

This week we talk to Dr Kate Chhatwal, Chief Executive of Challenge Partners. Kate explains the ways in which Challenge Partners’  network uses peer review to support schools to improve, provide high-quality CPD for those undertaking the review and benefit the school system as a whole. We consider the challenges schools are facing at the moment as well as the opportunities lockdown has presented to share good practice across the country, rapidly and widely. 

Kate tells us more about what makes for high-quality peer review and how Challenge Partners has adapted its methodology to conduct trust level peer reviews.  We also examine a potentially enhanced role for peer review, while traditional methods of accountability such as league tables and Ofsted inspection are on hold for the foreseeable future.  Towards the end of the podcast, we discuss the crucial need to share evidence between schools of what works to close the disadvantage gap. Finally Kate draws on her previous experience within the department of education to reflect on how the department and the sector can best work together. 

If you would like to know more about Challenge Partners and its programmes you can find more information here

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