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A ‘mid-year must have’ that’s just too good to miss!

Here at the Co-operative College we are very keen to support co-operative schools in any way we can so we created the Co-operative Challenge in response to requests from school leaders for a robust school improvement programme specifically aimed at co-operative schools.  The Challenge is based on the highly acclaimed EdisonLearning and NAHT Aspire school improvement programmes so it definitely has the ‘wow’ factor and now we’ve made it even more flexible, accessible and affordable.

We are currently offering the Challenge at a significantly reduced rate following feedback from schools on its cost and resource implications. The programme starts with the Co-operative Challenge Quality Analysis (CCQA), which, until Easter, is being offered at a cost of £3,000 for secondary schools reduced from £7,250, and £1,500 for primary schools reduced from £3,750.

This CCQA offers an excellent starting point to evaluate provision across your school in a holistic way, against the well-researched features of highly effective schools. It offers very much a ‘done with’ rather than ‘done to’ approach, working together with Achievement Advisers from EdisonLearning and the Co-operative College, who will spend 3 days with you in school, looking at the five key areas of leadership, learning environment, pedagogy and curriculum, assessment for learning and student and family support. Once the CCQA has been completed with you, we offer you a number of options moving forward, a short summary of which is shown on this flowchart.

It’s a great privilege to be leading on the Challenge because it has so much to offer all co-operative schools wherever you are on your improvement journey and it lends itself to clusters, collaborations, MATs or standalone schools. It really keeps co-operative values at its heart and it really will support you to do what it says on the tin – improve your school in a lasting and meaningful way, the way you want it to improve.

If you would like to discuss the Co-operative Challenge further, and we very much hope that you will, then please contact either myself or my colleague Ian Rawstorne from EdisonLearning, the lead Achievement Adviser supporting our secondary schools, at the email addresses or numbers below. We look forward to hearing from you.

With my very best wishes,

Sue Nield

School Improvement Co-ordinator

The Co-operative College

Sue Nield: sue.nield@co-op.ac.uk; Telephone: 07422-972540

Ian Rawstorne:  ian.rawstorne@edisonlearning.com; Telephone: 01376-562953 (EdisonLearning)

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