The vision for the Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) is to build a sustainable, self-improving, school-led system, in which partnerships of schools share responsibility for both their own improvements and those of others.
Our wealth of experience – both in the UK and globally – has shown that effective School-to-School collaboration takes time and care to develop.
Schools need to develop capabilities with purpose and rigour, to ensure that precious resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible and we can help facilitate success.
In this model, autonomous schools, leaders and educators collaborate across a local area, sharing their expertise, best practices and resources.
We believe that school leaders and teachers already have the answers to their most challenging issues. SPP can help unlock these by asking the right questions.
Developed in partnership with and for Schools, SPP provides the essential tools and support to drive their own improvement in an increasingly autonomous school system.
Since 2014, we have worked with almost 2,000 schools across England and Wales, as well as the local systems that support them. We help existing partnerships to:
Providing the rigour and structure to help turn school-to-school collaboration into evidence-based action, our framework and materials help schools to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people.
Building capacity in local areas, gives ownership of the model to schools to continue to develop peer review processes, supporting local priorities and enabling school-to-school support.
SPP benefits from Education Development Trust’s global network of partners, making it a distinctive and effective model. It has the largest reach of any School-to-School peer review programme in the UK.
Our insights have been recognised by policymakers and influencing bodies in the UK and beyond.
Our research has gained the attention of both the Scottish and Welsh governments, and the UN Education Commission.
There are three Key phases (which take approximately one year each to complete). These are designed to build the skills of peer review and culture change, to develop a mature partnership or local system.
Phase One - allows partnerships of schools to experience the process of identifying, analysing and addressing areas of school improvement within each setting in an open, honest, objective group environment, and adopt joint-practice and accountability.
Our SPP Associates provide tje programme of training and support that our partnerships need, to begin to build around the SPP framework.
All programme resources and support materials, including the SPP enquiry questions, are made immediately available to all SPP schools from the start of the programme.
Phase two - provides schools with the opportunity to:
Build further capacity and improvement, led and sustained by the partnership, as they continue to sharpen their skills through focused, rigorous peer review.
Phase three - partnerships take ownership of their own collaborative journey.
All schools who have completed the SPP programme can continue to access materials and stay up to date with colleagues who are practising peer review nationally.
This focus on sustainability is to: