Race to the Top

Race to the Top

Education among the best by 2020

Aspiring | Improving | Achieving

 Race to the Top Bids

22 bids have been successful and will share the £1million fund for new projects to improve young people’s aspirations. Read the full press release.

For further information, see frequently asked questions. For other queries regarding Race to the Top, please email RTTT@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Read the strategies

The invervention strategy has been updated and is currently under consultation. The new version will be uploaded once the consultation is complete.


 Race to the Top Gala Event

​A special event to celebrate the successful Race to the Top projects is scheduled to take place at Wicksteed Park on Monday, 11th July from 18:00 - 21:00.

This event will celebrate and appreciate the outstanding work that schools are doing with our children and young people of Northamptonshire, and give everyone an opportunity to share their project with each other.

All professionals and pupils that have been involved in any Race to the Top projects are invited to join us in the celebrations.

  • 18:00 - Event begins
  • 18:00 - 19:00 - Rides available on the Wicksteed Park Train
  • 19:00 - 19:30 - Introduction and speakers
  • 19:30 - Food and networking
  • 21:00 - Event concludes
RSVP via Eventbrite

 Short Story Competition

​We're exciting to announce the Race to the Top Short Story competition!

In association with the prestigious Althorp Literary Festival, the competition will challenge children in Years 5 & 6 to pen a winning short story of between 500 - 1,000 words on any subject of their choice.

 Learn about the short story competition

 Coding Competition

Congratulations to Team Sparky from Park Junior School in Wellingborough, and [Syntax Error] from Kettering Buccleuch Academy who are the winners of the Northamptonshire Race to the Top Coding Competition! Well done to everyone who took part.

The quality of the entries submitted impressed our judges with their imagination and application of coding skill in the challenge to design and build a game or a mobile application addressing the theme of energy efficiency.

The competition was devised and delivered with our partners the WCIT, Code Club, and the University of Northampton, with the hope of inspiring young people to achieve digital fluency through collaboration and challenge.

 Making Children Safer

Domestic Abuse - Notifications to Schools

We are rolling out a domestic abuse notification system across the county following a successful pilot. The scheme will help to better support children affected by domestic abuse by improving communication between the child's school or setting, the Police, and the Education Inclusion Team.

Making Children Safer Events

The second annual Making Children Safer Events aimed at schools took place in Northampton, Kettering and Towcester on 3 - 5 June 2015.

The theme of these events was to provide schools with an update on feedback they provided last year and what the Local Authority had done in response as well as  the Improvement Board priorities moving forward which are, shown below: 

The next 12 months – Improvement Board Priorities:

  • Strengthening the early help offer
  • Ensuring those vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) are identified, supported and protected
  • Embedding consistent good practice for children in need of protection and care
  • Improving educational outcomes for Looked after Children (LAC)
  • Further improving partnership engagement and commitment


Presentations were also delivered on the revised Early Help & Prevention Strategy, how Good Schools can transform lives, as well as colleagues from Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust providing an overview of how to access health services they provide.

  • 149 Schools/Settings with 198 individual delegates attended over the three sessions.
  • 96% of delegates who provided feedback strongly agreed or agreed that the event was useful.

View the presentation slides

 Aspire Northamptonshire

Race to the Top is supported by ​Aspire Northamptonshire, a network of 6 partners who work together to promote Higher and Further Education across the county. Aspire Northamptonshire is one of 35 networks across England that form the HEFCE-initiated project known as the National Network for Collaborative Outreach.

The 6 partners work together to increase participation in Higher and Further Education. Between them they deliver many outreach activities and programmes in order to help young people aged 5 -16 to make informed choices about their future educational and life choices in order to encourage them to ‘Be the Best They Can Be’.

Find out more about their work and how your school can get involved at www.aspirenorthants.co.uk.

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