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What is RADY

RADY encourages schools to think differently about how they Raise the Attainment of Disadvantaged Youngsters.

Current Rady Projects

Current RADY Projects

View the different ways RADY is being implemented across the country.

Rady Support

RADY Support

Find out how Challenging Education can support you with this crucial work.

Welcome to Challenging Education

We provide 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.

If you take up the challenge 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

What we do

Direct with Schools and Academies

We work collaboratively with leaders to evaluate and improve the quality of education. Every commission is designed to fit your individual needs.

With Local Authorities and Multi-Academy Trusts

We provide flexible and cost-effective quality assurance and school improvement services.

Professional Learning Programme

A new opportunity to engage with the Challenging Education Team, the professional learning programme offers schools training and networking that drives improvements in the teaching and support for disadvantaged learners. In a series of six sessions, one per half term, staff can learn how best to challenge and support disadvantaged leaners and help them to attain to their innate potential.

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See what's included

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Meet the Team

Louise Blackburn

Louise Blackburn (Mallet)

As a qualified and experienced teacher and senior leader Louise has a proven track record of improving outcomes for young people.

Simon Blackburn

Simon Blackburn

Simon was the headteacher of a mid-sized comprehensive school serving the poorest wards of a town in the West Midlands for 5 years.

Trevor Sutcliffe

Trevor Sutcliffe

Trevor has been a key member of school improvement teams in two large Local Authorities, covering the entire age range from 4 to 18.


Our Associates

We work with talented individuals and companies to ensure that Challenging Education brings you the very best consultancy and support.