Challenging Education

Introducing Challenging Education.

Challenging Education Limited provides education consultancy, training and monitoring to maintained and academy schools across all phases. We are a team with extensive and varied experience including headship, Ofsted inspection and quality assurance and we are passionate about learning and leadership. We believe that exceptional learning occurs where high expectations are embedded by aspirational and effective leaders. In challenging school leaders to be outward looking and to accept no excuses, we aim to help them to improve the life chances of young people regardless of their background.

We can work with you, your leadership team and your governors to provide external quality assurance as well as accurate and well-evidenced reports on an agreed area of focus. We can support you in preparation for an Ofsted inspection, complete incisive data and document reviews and advise on your self-evaluation as well as support headteacher performance management.

A bit more about the team…

Simon Blackburn, Trevor Sutcliffe and Louise Mallett have worked together to challenge and support schools in Staffordshire for the last couple of years. As key members of the school improvement team they have worked with headteachers, HMIs and governors to improve outcomes in Staffordshire schools and particularly the outcomes of disadvantaged children. In forming Challenging Education they are continuing this successful work in schools across the West Midlands and in addition offering bespoke packages of training, coaching and leadership recruitment support.

Simon was a secondary headteacher in Shropshire, is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and has led over sixty-five Ofsted inspections. He has trained governors for NCTL, facilitated training on programmes including NPQML and NPQSL and coached middle leaders on the Teaching Leaders programme. Simon is currently a headteacher mentor for The Future Leaders Trust

Louise was a senior leader in school before joining a local authority as a behavior and attendance consultant and then joining the school improvement team. She currently works as an Ofsted inspector carrying out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in maintained schools and academies.

As a senior leader in school, Trevor was responsible for coaching teachers to improve their classroom practice and worked with middle leaders to improve their monitoring. Since working for local authorities he has successfully developed school-to-school support programmes as well as establishing a track record for supporting schools in improving their inspection grade.

If you take up the challenge and work with Challenging Education you will find us;
• Rigorous and relentless in our drive to help you improve
• Experienced and knowledgeable
• Professional and empathetic
• Fast and flexible in responding to your needs

For further information on our work and to read what other schools have to say about us just visit our website