About the National Challenge
Welcome to the area of eRiding dedicated to providing information and resources relevant to the National Challenge.
The National Challenge was launched by the Secretary of State on 10 June 2008.
It is a programme of support to secure higher standards in all secondary schools so that, by 2011, at least 30 per
cent of pupils in every school will gain five or more GCSEs at A*-C, including both English and mathematics.
According to the 2007 performance tables, there were 638 secondary schools in England below this floor target.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families will provide universal support for schools below the 30 per cent
threshold, including a National Challenge Adviser for each one.
DfCSF have asked schools and their local authorities to identify the correct package for each school's needs.
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There is funding of £400m to 2011 for National Challenge.
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For further information please contact:
John Seaman, Principal Improvement Adviser (Secondary)
Tel: (01482) 392410