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Challenge Partners/ Aspire Hub


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Aspire Hub - Who we are:

We are an expanding group of 21 Primary and Secondary Schools across Bolton, Bury, Tameside, and Knowsley who have formed a Challenge Partners partnership as The Aspire Hub: @TheAspire_Hub 

Aspire Hub Website

Our Mission: 

Our mission is to reduce educational inequality and improve the life chances of all children. Through collaboration, challenge, and professional development, we are working to ensure every school community can benefit from the combined wisdom of the education system. 

Our Values: 

  • Excellence 
  • Equity 
  • Courageous Leadership 
  • Challenge 
  • Collaboration 
  • Innovation

Our Senior Partner:

Karen Bramwell NLE

The role of the Senior Partner: 

A Senior Partner is the Headteacher or Executive Headteacher responsible for a hub of Network of
Excellence partner schools, and is appointed either through proven experience as head of a Teaching
School or CEO of a multi-academy trust (MAT), or as an elected representative from within the hub of

The Senior Partners play a vital role at both the national and local level leading Challenge Partners to fulfil our aims through four key areas:

  • Leadership of the Network of Excellence and developing the strategy
  • Setting the vision for the hub and developing a collaborative working culture
  • Sharing and creating knowledge
  • Ensuring the correct infrastructure is in place to support our work in the Network of Excellence.

Our Hub Manager:

Elliot Costas-Walker  SLE

The role of the Hub Manager:

The Hub Manager works closely with the Senior Partner and has a more operational role in running the hub. 

The Hub Manager will support schools in the hub by:

  • inducting new schools into the hub
  • arranging and running hub meetings
  • conveying the latest news from the national network
  • supporting the schools in the hub to produce a Hub Action Plan
  • in some cases, attending the final meeting for each school’s QA Review
  • following up any support requests with the school following their review.

Hub Managers also work closely with the Challenge Partners’ Central Team to ensure that schools are meeting their QA Review commitment, arranging replacement reviewers if necessary and arranging school-to-school support from within the hub or nationally.

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