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Supporting 'Liverpool Challenge' to improve educational outcomes

06 October 2016

Education Development Trust will be working alongside Sir Tim Brighouse to work with schools in Liverpool, England to further drive up attainment in the city.

Following the success of the London Challenge, Liverpool City Council will be working on the Liverpool Challenge with Education Development Trust and Sir Tim Brighouse over the next two years in a project designed to highlight and share the best teaching and learning in the city. The Liverpool Challenge was launched earlier this year by Mayor Joe Anderson and is chaired by former Education Minister for School Standards, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and West Derby MP Stephen Twigg.

Sir Tim Brighouse was the former Schools Commissioner of London responsible for the London Challenge, which was widely credited with transforming education standards in the capital. He will visit every secondary school in Liverpool over the next two years, working alongside Education Development Trust experts, who will offer advice, guidance and support to schools. 

Steve said: "I feel privileged to be working on this important initiative, along with Sir Tim Brighouse. Liverpool is a city I know well and I am convinced that by working in a focused way across schools, building on the great practice in each school, we can achieve significant success for the young people of the city."

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Councillor Nick Small, said: "Liverpool schools have lots to be proud of and this year’s provisional GCSE results showed a seven percent rise in pupils getting good grades including English and Maths, in contrast to a national dip. That is down to a huge amount of hard work from pupils, teachers, our school improvement team and the focus we are all putting on driving up standards. But in a changing world we can't stand still and we must keep relentlessly challenging ourselves to do even better so that we are giving our children the skills to enable them to get into the jobs in sectors where we know there will be growth in the future. We want to concentrate very much on making sure that we have an education system in Liverpool that meets the city's needs and delivers the skills that employers want and need."

Stephen Twigg MP said: "As a local MP, I know about the amazing work that goes on in our schools and the difference that the teaching and support staff make to the lives of pupils. We don't have a monopoly on educational wisdom and I know that Sir Tim and Steve will bring fresh eyes and a new perspective to the work of the Liverpool Challenge."

For more information on the London Challenge, read our research report Lessons from London schools: investigating the success [opens in the new window]