The introduction of the National Challenge programme results from a pledge in the Children’s Plan that by 2020 at least 90% of children will achieve the equivalent of five higher level GCSE’s by the age of 19.
The National Challenge programme sets out how the Government intends to ensure that all secondary schools achieve at least a 30% A*-C pass rate at GCSE, including English and maths by 2011. For more information, follow the links below.
Further information from the Department for Education and Skills (DCSF) about the National Challenge Programme can be found on the DCSF website National Challenge (new window) pages.
DCSF National Challenge – Raising standards, supporting schools - A toolkit for schools and local authorities (new window)