Over the past ten years we have worked in partnership towards raising the achievement, aspirations and access to opportunity of pupils from low-income communities to ensure that every child has access to a great education, no matter what background they are born into.
Our community should be proud of its successes so far. They include an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating for our teacher training provision in 2011 and being listed fourth in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, proving how teaching in a school in challenging circumstances is the career choice for inspirational individuals with real leadership potential.
The achievements and the impact made by our community over the past decade are not insignificant and should be celebrated. But the link between low family income and poor educational attainment remains greater in the UK than in almost any other developed country.
We are still far from achieving our vision and recognise that we cannot solve this problem alone. During our 10th anniversary year, to move even further forward on this pursuit for educational equality, we all need to think about what role each of us can play to help us get there.
Challenge 2012 is our flagship 10th Anniversary event, bringing together 3,000 committed members of our community to Southbank Centre in London on 22 September. The aim of the event is to bring together colleagues from the world of education, business, charity and entertainment for a day of debate, discussion and activity to work out how we are going to work together to overcome the barriers that prevent children from low socio-economic backgrounds achieving the same as their wealthier peers.
Why not make a weekend of it and join in the rest of the capital's sporting activities by taking part in our Challenge 2012: 10k run, taking place in central London on 23 September. As well as joining your colleagues to get fit and have fun, you will be contributing directly to our work to address educational disadvantage.
Every teacher we place in a partner school requires us to raise £3,500 in donations. Without donations driven by funding, we would not be able to continue in our work.