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Research-informed Peer Review (RiPR)

The pilot study involves six primary schools in the London area over the 2016/17 academic year. The evaluation is due to be completed by September 2017.


To develop proof of concept for a larger funded study in 2017/18. RiPR involves collaboration between school leaders in workshops and school-to-school visits. Staff from six schools work together over one academic year in three workshops and in two clusters of three for the review visits.


Based around the principles of effective peer review and joint practice development and is enhanced by engagement with research literature and facilitation by UCL experts.

Unlike other forms of peer review, RiPR is not a 'mocksted' (practice for an external inspection) but involves joint practice development around a specific pedagogical issue.


In the pilot, schools have engaged in research on effective feedback to enhance learning. The approach builds on work undertaken by the researcher at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL) on research learning communities (RLCs), research-engaged schools, peer review and lesson study.

The process is underpinned by evidence from theory based evaluation, knowledge mobilization and innovation implementation.

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