Our Impact

Challenge Partners is a national partnership of schools and trusts who believe the best way to reduce educational inequality and enhance the life chances of children is to work together, to combine our wisdom.

Our mission is to reduce educational inequality and improve the life chances of all children. Through collaboration, challenge and leadership development, we are working to ensure every school community can benefit from the combined wisdom of the education system.

To work towards our mission, we have collectively adopted three core aims:

Our 2022/23 Impact Headlines


of schools said that participating in the Quality Assurance Review (QAR) left their school in a better place


of reviewers brought an idea back to their own schools to discuss as a result of taking part in a QAR in the past year


of Growing the Top participants plan to use something that they had seen/learned/discussed
in their own school’s improvement
journey in the longer term


of respondents stated that they had seen or heard something during their Extending Leading Practice visit that they would take back to share with senior leaders in their own school


of respondents said that meeting as a Jubilee Network had helped them to deepen their relationships and build social capital which they will use to support their work as a leader


of respondents taking part in a Trust Leaders' Network business webinar learned something they’d be taking back to their own trust


of Trust Peer Reviewers said they had gained experience or knowledge that they’d take back to their own trust


of participants of the Trust Leaders Residential rated their visit as Good and Excellent


children eligible for Pupil Premium, compared with 23.6% national average


schools in the Network of Excellence


trusts in our partnership


pupils served by schools and trusts in our partnership

Students in our schools progress faster and achieve better than their peers

Challenge Partners schools are more likely to sustain or improve their inspection grade

Ofsted inspected 69 schools which had been part of Challenge Partners’ Network of Excellence for more than a year.

Of these, 33% of schools previously rated Outstanding by Ofsted maintained that rating for the 2022/23 inspection, compared to 21% of previously Outstanding schools nationally.

16% of Challenge Partners’ schools rated Good in a previous inspection jumped to Outstanding, compared to 6% nationally.

75% of Challenge Partners’ schools rated Requires Improvement or Inadequate moved to at least
, compared to 72% of schools nationally.