Challenge Partners

Challenge Partners is a national partnership of over 500 schools committed to reducing educational inequality and improving the life chances of all children.

Through collaboration, challenge and professional development, working together to ensure every school can benefit from the combined wisdom of the education system.  Linking successful schools with external knowledge, to drive up the performance of all schools, leaders, teachers and pupils.

Hatton Academies Trust leads the Challenge Partners Northants Hub.  A collaboration of local schools working together to secure improvements and personal development on shared priorities.  Our Hub is made up of 21 schools and is one of the largest in the country.  It supports the education of almost 15,000 students.  One of our priorities is to create a sense of community. We achieve this through establishing effective channels of communication.

As a hub, we are committed to collaborating with each other in order to raise outcomes for our pupils.  Our meetings are structured so that they address our common priorities, and the meetings give members the opportunity to share practice and work together.

Schools have found taking part in QA Reviews at their own and other settings to be of immense value. Through receiving and giving positive dialogue about what is going well and areas for development and identifying support needs, senior leaders have been able to implement improvement strategies into their own schools.

Challenge Partners Northants Hub Senior Partner - Rob Hardcastle


Challenge Partners Northants Hub Manager - Nick Salisbury


Joining Challenge Partners Northants Hub can help your school through:

  • Leadership development activities
  • School quality assurance and peer reviews
  • Opportunities to share best practice and collaborate at local and national level
  • Programmes to tackle the attainment gap for disadvantaged children
  • Help for outstanding schools to get even better
  • Inspirational and coaching to develop the school leaders of the future
  • National and local events

For details about membership please contact Tim Johnson at Challenge Partners in the first instance email:

To find out more please email Mrs Debbie Felce -