The Partnership was founded by schools that wanted to retain their individuality yet realised that they were stronger together, that collaboration is key to continued success. We believe there is much that is good about our schools, yet we also know that there is more we can all learn.
Building a healthy system of knowledge management requires a moral commitment to sharing and learning. Collaboration is at the heart of that all we do in Challenge Partners, and the activities within the group are underpinned by an ethos of open accountability and trust.
By joining the Challenge Partners you are not only committing your school to self-improvement, but also to the corporate mission of ensuring that a whole generation of students achieves more than the one before, be they in your school or someone else’s.
Continued membership of the Challenge Partners is predicated on sustained commitment and contribution to the Challenge Partners community. So if you are only in this for your own benefit, then this is almost certainly not the place for you.
As you join with us, we trust you will find it a beneficial and enjoyable experience. We hope you are able to learn and benefit from learning and best practice from within the partnership, as well as being able to contribute to the wider educational community by sharing your knowledge with others.
Together we aspire to become world-class community, leading the way in school improvement nationally and internationally, and raising the standards of education for all. There are many benefits to joining the Challenge Partners, here are some of them:
School Led - Partner schools agree the educational direction and set the priorities of the Partnership that result in better student outcomes
Developmental - CPD and training opportunities for staff and management as they work with other schools
Collaboration Culture - Hubs grow out of relationship, and may be cross phase, with a culture built on respect and united ambition, where sharing is valued
Track Record - Challenge Partners derives from proven school-to-school work from the City Challenge focused on teaching and learning
Self Assessment - The peer review provides a rigorous developmental assessment which supports schools’ self assessment
Access to Excellence - Rapid access to skills and knowledge across the group, in all subjects, and key areas such as data handling, early years and SEN
New Learning - Working together to co-create new materials and training programmes across knowledge networks
Financial - Additional revenue from delivering school improvement services as well as cost savings earned through joint procurement activities
Political Voice - Provides a platform to influence the wider educational community, contributing to political and research documents