Training together and carrying out a Peer Challenge in at least one other school as well as having a team of peers visiting your school and providing feedback around the areas in the Ofsted evaluation schedule, or focus areas of your choice.
At the end of the two-day process the team conducting the Peer Challenge provides feedback and a report within a structure agreed with the school. This feedback will provide an evaluation of the schools current position, in terms of its self-evaluation framework (SEF), as well as areas for development. The Peer Challenge team will provide the school with feedback against its own judgements rather than necessarily make graded conclusions. Conclusions will focus on whether the school is currently above, in-line or below its own judgements within the focus areas.
In line with the current Ofsted framework there will not be any grades for teaching and learning given for each lesson observation. The evaluations of lessons will focus on strengths and areas for development. The process will support the school by identifying exceptional practice when it is observed.
In 2015 a Peer Challenge network was established amongst participating schools from within the TELA ‘family’. The TELA Peer Challenge schools have committed themselves to engagement within the programme of customised peer evaluations. The evaluation is supportive and non-judgemental although each school can engage with the process in a structure, which is suitable to them and meets their needs within the Ofsted cycle.
Schools engaging with Peer Review nominate members of their Senior Leadership Team to participate in the process. Where possible the TELA Peer Review network includes Headteachers and Principals in order to provide gravitas to the process.
All of those engaged in the evaluation receive support and training prior to deployment into any school. Training will be led by our link Ofsted inspector and consists of:
Teams will be deployed into schools throughout 2017 -18 to engage in two days of ‘inspection’ based activity customised to the schools requirements. During the two days the team will for example:
To support the evaluation process the schools engaged will commit to the following:
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