The Challenge

Follow Gary Philips, headteacher of Lilian Baylis Technology School in south London, as he strives to improve GCSE results in a challenging secondary school.

There are 8 videos in this series.

15 mins Here We Go Again
Gary Phillips, headteacher of Lilian Baylis Technology School in south London, faces the start of the academic year needing to improve standards at his National Challenge secondary school.
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15 mins Pressure
Headteacher Gary Phillips works with the Deputy Head and Head of English to get English GCSE results as high as possible. He speaks to civil servants, and deals with day-to-day school issues, as the pressure to raise standards mounts.
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15 mins Good News
As headteacher Gary Philips continues his push to raise GCSE standards, the Year 10 AGM provides an opportunity for students to raise their concerns, while staff receive some good news.
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15 mins Targets
Exam time is fast approaching at Lilian Baylis Technology School, meaning extra effort to make sure students achieve good GCSE grades, as headteacher Gary Philips pushes for results.
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15 mins Moving the Goalposts
Headteacher Gary Philips and staff at the Lilian Baylis Technology School begin planning for the new academic year early, as they push for better GCSE results.
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15 mins Exams
Headteacher Gary Philips at Lilian Baylis Technology School in south London, turns his attentions to improving GCSE English results, in his push to escape National Challenge status.
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15 mins Taster Days
Gary Philips, headteacher of Lilian Baylis Technology School in south London, turns his attentions to next September's intake with a taster day for Year 6 pupils.
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15 mins Crunch Time
The end of another year at Lilian Baylis School in south London, where staff and students anxiously await the all important GCSE results, on which the National Challenge school?s immediate future depends.
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