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Peer learning is a powerful mean to spread innovation and share good practice among professionals in a non-judgmental way, providing a mutual learning experience based on trust, openness, practical insights and structured feedback.

In the context of Peer learning between schools, the P2P and P2V project brought to try a novel methodology to conduct peer learning reviews among schools in countries with different education systems. The earlier ERNIST project paved the way for this methodology with its ‘school portraits’ from 20 schools from six countries conducted by inspectorates.

Peer learning consists of several activities including visiting the peers, self evaluation, peer evaluations (reporting on visits for instance). In P2P, visits were conducted between pairs of schools peer reviewing each other. P2V introduced a third dimension to the process as schools were peer reviewing in triads.

Several tools and templates are presented in this section for those who would like to know more about this system or even try it themselves. Additionally, – as one of the hindrances of peer reviewing among schools is the cost induced by travel – we introduce an online tool prototype: the Toolkit for Investigating eMaturity in Schools (TIES) – which shows how to conduct peer reviews online to minimize travel.

School peer review methodology

Peer learning consists of several activities including visiting the peers, self evaluation, peer evaluations (reporting on visits for instance). In P2P, visits were conducted between pairs of schools peer reviewing each other. P2V introduced a third dimension to the process as schools were peer reviewing in triads.

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Peer visit reports

This section offers an overview of the different peer learning visit which were conducted in P2V among triads (and pairs) of schools. They are inspirational not only to learn more about the schools portrayed and assessed but also as a support to the methodology in conducting peer learning between schools. In this strand, the school practice model developed in P2P is adapted for valorisation of the three topics by trios (or triads) of schools, as recommended by P2P. The focus is on learners aged 14 to 16.

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Synoptic report of school visits

These reports highlight key points resulting from the visits taking place in triads of schools taking part in the school strand of the P2V project.

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Full list of P2V deliverables

Here is a list of the P2V deliverables, for additional documents concerning each deliverable, check the P2V wiki repository


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P2P practice strand documents

As a result of P2P, the Practice Strand also produced a variety of interesting documents. Professor Robert McCormick studied the roots of the peer reviewing concept and what are its implications to P2P. A model for examining a school is offered by Liisa Ilomäki and Minna Lakkala from the University of Helsinki. In addition, other similar articles are available to introduce the reader to what has been achieved in P2P and offer a better understanding on what bases the continuation project P2V will be built on.

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