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profilepic.jpg What is the Somerset Challenge?

The Somerset Challenge is a school-led collaborative partnership, with the goal of significantly raising standards of achievement for young people in Somerset. Our ambition is to improve examination outcomes, close the gaps between different groups of young people and to create a self-improving system led by schools.

Using the successes from The London Challenge, we are adapting the model to suit Somerset and its needs. There are 38 schools signed up and half- termly newsletters will keep everyone up-to-date with what is happening across the county.

What does this mean for your school?

Schools signing up to The Somerset Challenge commit to a professional learning programme focused on the common issues identified.

We will be celebrating excellence in teaching and widening the pool of talent by investing in teacher recruitment, with an initial focus on English and Maths, and sharing effective use of the Pupil Premium in closing the gap.

 Key issues in Somerset
 Lower proportion of students achieving 5 or more GCSE A*- C grades including English and maths than nationally or  regionally
 Large gaps in attainment between students eligible for FSM and other students
 Lower proportion of schools judged to be outstanding or good, or better than nationally




 Latest Documents

Teaching Mathematics at secondary level.pdf
0813b020edo (Somerset Challenge).pdf
Delivery Plan October 2013.pdf
The framework for school inspection.pdf
School inspection handbook.pdf
Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies - a briefing for section 5 inspections.pdf
Mulberry Women's Conference.pdf
Somerset Challenge delivery plan 2014-15.docx
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 Key Points:

  • For schools to connect and collaborate more routinely, sharing ideas across the county and beyond. 
  • To challenge learners and teachers to set high expectations.
  • Creating a culture in which practice is genuinely interrogated and improved.
  • Creating a more inclusive culture with collective responsibility for the out- comes of all students in Somerset.
  • Commitment to an entitlement to professional development at all levels from initial training to headship.
  • Schools will work together in ‘family groups’ with challenge and support from National Leaders of Education.
  • An HMI link to support a collaborative school improvement programme.


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