Ensuring the London education success story continues nationwide

Date of press release: 
28th November 2013

London Leadership Strategy (LLS), a not for profit organisation run by experienced Headteachers to empower schools to take forward school-to-school improvement in London and beyond, has today (28.11.13) responded to the Daily Telegraph’s opinion piece from Steve Munby, CEO of the CFBT Education Trust.

Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director of London Leadership Strategy, says: “London Challenge was a resounding success, however when London Challenge finished in 2011, the learning and successes didn’t disappear into a vacuous black hole."

LLS have actively taken this work forwards, using our knowledge of what works in contemporary education. We believe it is vital that this London ‘effect’ is shared with other schools across the UK and over the last year we have worked in areas such as Manchester, Somerset, Devon, Norfolk and Portsmouth."

It’s ironic that this discussion on ‘shared success’ comes on the same day that 20 outstanding school heads have met at the annual Going for Great programme, sharing what works in their schools to improve outcomes for all children and young people."

It also comes just after the Mayor’s of London’s Education report. This showed that London is still moving ahead for many children but there is still work to be done - particularly for SEN children."

London Challenge has taught us that in order to improve, heads need to be ‘done with’ not ‘done to’. This is why we use our network of practicing heads to lead the school improvement agenda with the appropriate support and analysis in place to assess ‘what works’.

We are delighted that our Chair, Professor David Woods, and LLS Secondary Director, Dame Sue John, contributed to the CfBT’s research in this area, helping to share and debate it with others. The experience that CfBT has in running academy chains, inspecting schools and offering school improvement services, will bring valuable evidence to the debate that we, and others, are already having in this area."

We welcome CfBT’s interest in the school improvement and leadership agenda and look forward to sharing our knowledge of both past success and current effective practice.

Notes to editors
About London Leadership Strategy

  • London Leadership Strategy (LLS) is taking forward the legacy of London Challenge. Run by Heads and School Leaders, LLS have an extensive network of school improvement reaching across all London Boroughs as well as offering support in specific projects and partnerships across England.
  • London Leadership Strategy offer programmes at primary, secondary and within SEN and their network includes all school sectors – maintained and non-maintained, members of multi academy trusts (MATs), independent schools, free schools and Non Maintained Special Schools (NMSS).
  • LLS’s programmes support schools at every point of their development journey – from needing improvement through to maintaining outstanding provision and supports leadership from entry to the profession through to outstanding heads supporting each other.
  • London Leadership Strategy have a lead school in each London Borough; a network of National Leaders of Education (NLE), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and outstanding heads and teachers and teaching school partnerships.
  • For further information, visit www.londonleadershipstrategy.com
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