Peer Review: Subject Leadership

Peer Review: Subject Leadership

Working in supportive groups of three or four schools, each school will have the opportunity to receive and conduct reviews.

The process kicks off with an afternoon of training and we will build the review groups at that session.

Please book your subject cohort below:

Peer Review is a strategy for organisational and systemic improvement. The VNET PeerReview approach makes this a priority and creates opportunities to develop both intellectual and social capital. It leverages the strengths we have in the network and provides great personal development opportunities for heads, deputies and subject leaders.

This year we are introducing Peer Review for Subject Leaders. This is a highly beneficial approach to improving outcomes for children in various subject areas whilst providing high quality professional development and enquiry opportunities for subject leaders.

Peer Review is free for all VNET members

Working in supportive groups of three or four subject leaders, each subject leader will have the opportunity to receive and conduct reviews in their subject area within schools. Current groups say that they value being able to take back control of their self-evaluation and have their performance validated and affirmed by fellow leader.

Subject leaders will attend a half-day session to set out protocols and consider an effective review framework and activities. The VNET methodology of using an agreed framework supports cohorts in having a robust approach to their work which can then be shared as a credible external viewpoint.

Following the session, the schools will work in triads or tetrads to review the subject in each other’s schools with a feedback session to the whole group on completion.

Schools wanting their subject leaders to take part need to be:

  • Practised in self-evaluation and have well-developed self-evaluation frameworks and processes

  • Prepared to share appropriate school documentation to support the process

  • Committed to supporting each of the schools in their group

  • Committed to releasing their subject leader for up to 3 visits to other schools.

Subject Leaders need to be:

  • Established in their leadership role with more than a year’s experience

  • Prepared to share their documentation

  • Prepared to have their subject area as a review focus in their own school

  • Commit to the time and work required for supporting other subject leaders in their group and visiting their schools.

Subjects for review 24/25:

  • History

  • Computing

  • Science

Further subjects can be discussed at MAT / schools’ request.


MATS will need to consider whether they would like an outward facing review linking with schools and academies outside their group, or whether they would prefer to keep their initial work in-house.

If you want us to create a Peer Review Process for your MAT please contact us.


  • Intellectual capital – sharing knowledge about teaching, learning, leadership, governance and school improvement

  • Social capital – developing collaborative relationships between schools, opportunities for more voices to be heard

  • Greater professional trust as the foundation for mutual learning and critical support

  • Importantly, schools taking back control of their self-evaluation and having their performance validated and affirmed by fellow leaders.

Programme for training half day:

  1. Protocols including safeguarding and confidentiality
  2. Framework for Peer Review
    • Questioning
    • Activities: Looking for sources of evidence
    • Speaking to leaders & middle leaders
    • Looking for impact
    • Learning from each other
  3. Personal Development
  4. Confirmation of Triads and Date Setting