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Peer-led inspection and accountability

In Oxfordshire, a network of primary schools has formed an umbrella trust and is working together to place peer-led intelligent accountability at the heart of what they do. Fiona Aubrey-Smith finds out more

One of the themes of SSAT’s Redesigning Schooling campaign is Intelligent Accountability – where schools take the lead through models of peer accountability, proving that the profession can self-regulate, challenge and support itself. 

As part of the Redesigning Schooling campaign, SSAT is collating research that evidences the models and impact that this approach has on raising standards across schools. This article shares one such case study. 

On June 1, 2013, five Oxfordshire primary schools became the Oxfordshire Primary Education Network (OPEN). All are already, or are becoming, academies. But as it is an “umbrella trust”, no one school dominates – a vital factor to the heads, staff and governors involved. The five members of OPEN are:

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