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Secondary school improvement programme

Information about our secondary school improvement programme, the Secondary Challenge.

Secondary school improvement programme

Secondary schools in Lewisham have been working together for the last three years as part of the Secondary Challenge. For 18 months they benefitted from a £1 million school improvement programme, which was funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Lewisham Learning.

The Secondary Challenge is continuing. Schools are currently agreeing how they will use the roughly £400,000 of school and local authority funding to improve Lewisham’s secondary schools.

What is the aim of the Secondary Challenge?

The aim of the programme is to:

  • rapidly increase the number of good and outstanding secondary schools in the borough
  • improve the proportion of good and outstanding teaching
  • improve the attainment of all pupils in each secondary school in the borough.

As part of the project we are working with the Atlas Teaching School Alliance, which provides support and training programmes for teachers and school leaders.

How is the money being spent?

Through our work with Atlas, the funding will provide:

  • high-quality subject advice and support to classroom teachers
  • an experienced school leader to act as an adviser for each secondary school, visiting the school on a regular basis and supporting and challenging the senior leaders.

How will my child benefit from this project?

Our aim is that all Lewisham children attend a good or outstanding school and that Key Stage 4 (KS4) outcomes improve, bringing each secondary school in line with London league tables.

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