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The Hope Challenge

One of the School of Education's most engaging projects is working together with schools on the Hope Challenge Programme.

The Hope Challenge Programme has been developed to support the work of Local Authorities and HMIs in working with schools in socioeconomic challenging circumstances and those judged as requiring improvement, across secondary, primary and special schools. Liverpool Hope University is working proactively with Local Authorities, regional HMIs and schools to lead North West collaboration with the aim of improving the life chances of children. For the purposes of the Hope Challenge Programme - schools in socioeconomic circumstances are deemed to be those where Pupil Premium is at least 25%.

The purpose of the 'Hope Challenge' is to support Liverpool Hope University and its partner Local Authorities to ensure that all schools within their influence are at least ‘good’, a particular challenge for many LAs with reduced capacity. This particular project is Liverpool Hope University’s response to the new ITE Ofsted requirement to work with schools in ‘challenging socioeconomic circumstances (Pupil Premium at least 25%) and those judged as requiring improvement’ (RI) by Ofsted. HMIs now have a regional responsibility to work with all schools including those judged as ‘requiring improvement’ or those who are in a ‘category’.

The benefit of working collaboratively is to ensure coherent and planned ways of working that support the improvement plans of schools to create synergy, add value and build capacity, rather than onerous parallel working which has little impact. The Programme also develops research informed teacher education and enables staff and students to undertake action research and to use their findings to inform future practice.

The Hope Challenge is also a response to reports from Ofsted notably ‘The Unlucky Child’ and ‘Unseen Children’, as well as considering the needs of Young Carers.