Our history

Challenge Partners was built on the London Challenge success

Challenge Partners follows a rich hostory of school improvement and collaboration, not least in the work of the London Challenge programmes.

The success of these approaches was brought about by developing models of school-to-school support which broke great practice out of schools and shared the knowledge and practice between schools and local authorities. A pioneering example of a collaborative approach to school improvement.

When the London Challenge ended in 2011, many of the school leaders who played a role in that work committed to developing a self-funding and sustainable way to continue and develop this approach nationally - Challenge Partners was born.

"The most plausible explanation for the greater improvement in Challenge areas is that the London Challenge programme was responsible". Evaluation of the London
Challenge programme, DfE, 2012