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.”
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