The benefits of EQR

Andover CollegeItchen CollegeSt VincentEsher CollegeEastleigh CollegeStrode CollegeRichard Taunton CollegeBHASVIC CollegeCollyers CollegeSussex CollegeBasingstoke College of TechnologySalisbury 6th Form CollegeBrighton Metropolitan CollegeWoking CollegeAdd Bournemouth & Poole CollegeHSDCLondon South East CollegesPortsmouth College

EQR is a non profit making scheme which currently charges its members £3,200 per year to maintain membership. In return colleges receive the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to enter into a professional collaborative relationship with some of the best sixth form and general further education colleges in the south of England.
  • The opportunity to share good practice at departmental and whole college level.
  • Access to specially selected and well trained colleagues in an extensive range of curriculum and cross college areas who are willing to share their experience and expertise freely. 
  • The services of a scheme manager who arranges reviews and ensures the smooth running of the scheme
  • Access to experienced and well qualified external advisers who support each review and oversee the production of the written report.
  • Access to a regular programme of high quality training in classroom observation, giving feedback and data analysis.
  • Access to the members’ area of the EQR website.

What our members say - some comments taken from 2018-19 evaluation forms

 

Colleges

  • A really successful review, carried out in the best spirit of EQR which should hopefully lead to longer-term collaboration between the colleges’ departments. Both reviewers were very easy to talk to and it felt very much in the ethos of EQR peer review in sharing good practice and ideas throughout the process. The feedback to the department was clear, concise and nicely developed with extended reference to more evidence. Questions from the department were encouraged and responded to with calm authority. The feedback to SMT echoed the above and some minor tweaking was evident in light of the department’s responses and a different audience. Constructive comparisons and contextual information about the reviewers’ colleges were offered that promoted a really healthy exchange.
  • Feedback to all staff was extremely professional and constructive. The two reviewers are obviously very experienced and gave good feedback - this was backed up in the written report which followed very quickly after the visit. The whole experience was that of a high quality collaborative review conducted by reviewers who are clearly passionate about this subject and about interacting with other colleagues in a supportive way.
  • This, for us, was a textbook example of a successful review. The reviewer established a good, professional relationship with the department, offered a very helpful, comprehensive assessment of the department’s strengths and very useful suggestions for further improvement. The feedback was consequently very well received by the department. As the College Principal put it very well, one would never know that this was her first review, as she conducted it with exemplary professionalism and calm self-assurance. We are very grateful for the time and effort the reviewer put in to preparing for the review and for her hard work over the two days which made it such a success.

Reviewers

  • I found the experience of conducting an EQR visit to be highly valuable and offer an incredible insight into the department within which it took place. I have developed a understanding of just how much can be learned about a department in a short space of time by drawing upon data, observation and discussion (with staff, leadership team and students). I feel that working with a competent lead reviewer gave me an excellent introduction into the EQR process and would now feel confident conducting additional reviews either alone or as lead reviewer. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to be involved in a review.
  • I would just like to say a huge thank you to you and your team for the excellent EQR training I received. It really stood me in good stead. I thoroughly enjoyed my first EQR; I found it rewarding, challenging, exhausting and very beneficial. It was great to see other teachers in action and to share knowledge and experiences. It was fantastic working with the lead reviewer, and her experience shone through. It was also excellent being supported by the external adviser – her calm, analytical approach really made me think and contributed immensely to the success of the feedback sessions and the quality of the final report.