The Challenger Trust
The Challenger Trust
The Challenger Trust’s mission is to advance education, in particular, but not exclusively, by the promotion of the development of vital character attributes, such as resilience, determination, ambition and self-confidence, which will raise a young person’s aspirations, engage them in the education system and improve academic achievement. The charity promotes active participation of young people in comprehensive learning outside the classroom (‘character education’).
Founded in 1998, The Challenger Trust works with some of the most socio- and economically- deprived areas of the UK. We help young people to raise their aspirations, develop vital character attributes and learn lifelong skills that will raise academic achievement and future employment opportunities, whilst meeting Ofsted criteria. This is all strongly influenced by the Department for Education's policy to encourage more 'character education' in every young person's learning.
The Challenger model in schools is supported and developed to create an environment for study where honesty, character and fair play are highly valued, and the Challenger Diploma is an integral part of improving standards and achieving academic success.
The strategy of the Challenger Trust is driven by an Education Sub-Committee, chaired by Trustee and former Commissioner of Schools, Frank Green. Made up of high profile individuals from the education sector, the Committee's mission is to support DfE policy and drive forward access to 'character education' programmes as a means for social mobility for many children.
Our vision is that young people should be given every opportunity for character development. Our model is unique and sustainable, as we help a school to build the capacity to deliver its own activities, making the programme enduring and transformational.
The Challenger Trust aims to:
- Funding for training of teachers and staff to build sustainable capacity to deliver the programme, implementing character education. To improve outcomes, impact resilience and social mobility.
- To underwrite the costs of the higher cost character development activities, to ensure all pupils have equal opportunity to access these programmes
- To install a bespoke character development monitoring system, on which all pupils can acknowledge their own development throughout their time in education.
Established: March 1998
Registered Charity Number: 1068226
Board members: 4
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 07771900465
Address: 59-61 Farringdon Road EC1M 3JBView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website