National Conference knowledge exchange 2021

Our virtual National Conference was a great opportunity to showcase leading practice across the network as well as bringing experts in relevant areas and keynote speakers to bring challenge and generate debate.

There were also great speeches by our CEO Dr Kate Chhatwal OBE our CEO, our Chair Sir John Coles, keynotes Lemn Sissay MBE and Rt Hon Justine Greening. All except Lemn’s we were able to record and share here. It was a great day and feedback included ‘Such a powerful national conference-well done @ChallengePartnr uplifting, emotional and highly challenging.’ We are delighted to be able to share recordings of the knowledge exchange sessions, so you can catch up on any you missed.


​Keynote: Collective clarity on education's purpose is key to build back better - Rt Hon. Justine Greening 

Justine is co- Founder of the Social Mobility Pledge. She was previously Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women & Equalities. The Social Mobility Pledge aims to tackle the opportunity gap. It represents a powerful and pioneering shift towards being a truly purpose-led organisation committed to social mobility. Justine spoke and led a Q&A about the purpose of education, what needs to change and what role business could play.

Watch the webinar here


Masterclass:  How Small Changes Can Lead to Significant Improvements  - Lal Chadeesingh, Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team 

A session with the Behavioural Insights Team exploring how small changes can lead to significant improvements. Lal Chadeesingh will also share results from their latest work aiming to improve outcomes in schools.

Watch the webinar  and read the supporting documents here


Masterclass: Adventures in Social Mobility - Hashi Mohammed, Barrister and Broadcaster

Hashi uses his personal journey to draw powerful conclusions for business and enterprise, public sector and central government about devising better policy, about resilience, focus and the ability to adapt in the pursuit of success. The lessons to be drawn are multifaceted and relevant to many people and industries. 

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Recruitment and retention - Finding and keeping the right teachers - Kate Frood, Eleanor Palmer Primary

Leading an inner-city school through such a time of recruitment crisis, ever-changing government initiatives and curricula, it seemed vital to set up a pipeline to great teachers and to invest time in recruiting – and retaining - the right ones. From an open door policy for those interested in becoming teachers, to our ‘love-bomb’ mentoring and outward facing partnerships, we now have a good flow of great teachers. 

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High performance - Securing excellent progress for high prior attainers - Mulberry School for Girls

Our students demonstrate progress that at KS4 puts us consistently in the highest quintile nationally. We have outstanding post-18 destinations. Find out how we got there through a combination of relentless ambition, leadership, team work and more. 

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SEND - Embedding independent thinking skills - Barbara Priestman Academy

Thinking frames gives students something tangible on which to record their thoughts and ideas to use in discussion in pairs, small groups or as a whole class. They also are a great tool to support planning in writing. Find out how we have used them and their impact. 

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Wellbeing - A community approach to wellbeing for students - Varndean School

We have created a community attuned to the emotional needs of children and young people. Find out more about our approach and its impact. Please note that although all the sessions are intended to be cross phase, the small school system outlined in this session is usually implemented by larger secondary schools.

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Children’s Zones - Developing a cradle to career model: what role for schools - Ed Vainker OBE, CEO, Reach Foundation

As we built the school we have concluded that a great school is necessary, but not sufficient to consistently support our community to live lives of choice and opportunity. This has led to the development of a Cradle to Career model in the community. In this session you can find out more abut what we have done and its impact. 

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Middle Leadership - Transforming leadership through strong purpose and expectations - Sherwell Valley Primary School

Over the last two and a half years we have developed a distributed leadership structure at Sherwell Valley Primary School. This focus has led to the establishment of a group of strong and robust middle leaders who work with growing autonomy and effectiveness. This presentation charts the journey that we have been on and the lessons that we learnt in creating the foundations on which to build our vision for the future. 

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