WE believe in greater collaboration in education.
This means helping facilitate collaboration between schools, but it also means working in partnership with other organisations that share our values. Whole Education is proud to partner with organisation who are as committed to providing a whole education as we are and, more importantly, are helping schools in some way to deliver such an education.
Schools enjoy exclusive discounts to some partners’ products and services, as well as opportunities to work alongside the partners for greater depth and impact. Click ‘contact’ to email the member of the WE team who can tell you more about how we work with each partner.
Big Change is a social impact accelerator supporting young people to thrive in life, not just exams. They fund people and projects at the frontline of change, building a community to ‘reimagine education’.
Whole Education and Big Change share a vision of an education system that supports young people to thrive in life, not just exams. WE initially joined the Big Change community when they part-funded our Strategic HR in MATs work with Trust leaders and we continue to collaborate with them around their reimagining education work, the Big Education Conversation and their #hopes4edu.
Big Education Conversation is a national initiative supporting volunteers to bring their communities together to better prepare young people for their futures.
The Big Education Conversation is currently being incubated by Whole Education, in partnership with stakeholders across society. WE are helping BEC to engage schools, teachers and leaders in wide-ranging, positive conversations. These are designed to lead to action that helps communities better prepare young people for their futures.
The Bolton Learning Partnership is an ambitious educational collaboration which consists of twenty eight secondary schools and colleges working together alongside Bolton Council.
The Bolton Learning Partnership and Whole Education collaborate to support educational improvement and provide the best opportunities for young people in the borough. Whole Education share not only BLP’s sense of common moral purpose and a commitment to the personal growth and development of all of our learners in Bolton but also a relentless ambition for their academic success. WE have piloted innovative, evidence-based programmes with the BLP and drawn on their local expertise to develop our Words for All initiative.
The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers. They are working to celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people.
The Chartered College of Teaching shares our belief in celebrating the profession and practice of teaching, and supporting effective evidence-based approaches. WE have worked with the Chartered College of Teaching on our WE Lab Classrooms programme, where members of their expert fellows network share their expertise to support WE teachers’ projects.
The Design and Technology Association supports high quality design, engineering and technology education.
DATA work with the WE Secondary Network to highlight the importance of D&T in a broad and balanced curriculum and why, with the current skills shortages in the creative, manufacturing and engineering industries, it is a valuable subject for young people to study.
Diverse Educators is a grassroots community and series of events which launched in January 2018. It was co-founded by Bennie Kara and Hannah Wilson, who also co-founded #WomenEd.
#DiverseEd is a space for intersectional conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in education. For the last 3 years, #DiverseEd has been an annual event each January. In June, 5000 people accessed their virtual event via Twitter, Periscope and Youtube. Diverse Educators support Whole Education’s Diversity and Inclusion strand events led by WE Associate Hannah Wilson.
The Edge Foundation is an independent education charity dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning in the UK as part of a coherent, unified and holistic education system.
Whole Education shares The Edge Foundation’s commitment to vocational learning. We work with their experts and a number of WE secondary schools committed to vocational learning to share ideas and research and learn from innovative practice in the system.
The Education Placement Group (EPG) is a leader in education recruitment and retention solutions and the provision of Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
EPG shares Whole Education’s belief in collaboration, working with schools to provide access to quality educational staff (national and international) that fit their culture, ethos and context and to assist them with the retention of high calibre staff. They also work with schools to help them to ‘home-grow’ teaching talent through the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP).
The Fair Education Alliance is a coalition of over 150 organisations working together to make education fair. The alliance is made up of businesses, charities, and educational bodies from across the country.
Whole Education is a member of the Fair Education Alliance. WE share their belief in collective, system-wide change to make education fairer, and a collaborative approach to getting there. We have contributed to their work around a rounded education that develops knowledge, skills and qualities and their collective action campaign.
GL Assessment is the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools. For over 30 years, they have provided assessments for children’s education, mental health and wellbeing.
GL Assessment shares Whole Education’s holistic view of education, developing assessments that cover ability, attainment and attitude to understand the ‘whole child’. Our partnership supports WE schools use GL tools to better understand and personalise a high-quality whole education for their learners. WE also contributed to GL campaigns on a fully rounded curriculum and the literacy. Exclusive discounts on GL products and services for WE members.
Gluu aims to identify innovative and proven EdTech which can transform pupil outcomes from within, and thereby deliver systemic change.
Gluu and Whole Education believe that enough good practice already exists to overcome the most intractable issues in society and education, but these innovations are mostly hidden or isolated. We work together to help share best practice and world-class materials and technology so that, supported by technology, teachers can reach all children – no matter where they are or what level they’re at.
HeadsUp is a movement – a collective of school leaders who are determined to
work together across the education system in England to celebrate and support each other.
WE believe in celebrating and supporting the leaders in our system. Whole Education was founded to be a movement of teachers committed to looking and looking out, but not looking up, to share ideas and inspirational. HeadsUp compliments this mission, and can offer further personal support to Headteachers in our network.
The IntegratED partnership exists to reduce preventable school exclusions and improve the quality of education for children excluded from school. They aim to do this through a whole-child development lens.
Whole Education is part of the IntegratED partnership, trialling approaches to reducing preventable exclusions through Spirals of Enquiry. WE share the mission of others in the partnership to provide better support for students at risk of exclusion through whole child practices, developing teachers and new interventions.
Integrity Coaching support sustainable approaches to school improvement through the provision of services that increase resilience and protect the emotional and psychological well-being of school leaders.
Integrity Coaching share Whole Education’s belief in the importance of investing in the teachers and leaders we have to increase schools’ ability to provide a whole education. One of the ways WE support member secondary schools is through our Headspace strand – providing headteachers with personal and professional nourishment; time and space to think. The expertise and professional friendship of Integrity Coaching is crucial in this work.
IRIS Connect is a video-based professional learning platform. It enables teachers to record themselves and reflect on their teaching, access to valuable resources created by teachers, or share videos of their own practice.
Iris share our belief in helping create a collaborative culture where teachers talk about teaching. WE have worked with Iris Connect for a number of years to support teachers to reflect on their own practice and develop. Iris is a valuable tool to achieve this in a number of WE schools, and is used on WE Lab Classrooms to support teachers’ metacognition practice.
Nesta is an innovation foundation – aiming to turn bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. They promote innovation across a broad range of sectors through a mix of programmes, investment, policy and research.
Nesta and Whole Education collaborate through WE programmes and events. WE provide opportunities for schools and trusts to share their learning and experiences to help inform Nesta’s education priorities, while they conduct research and interviews with teachers and leaders engaging with our offer.
OCR is a leading UK awarding body. They provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes.
OCR and Whole Education share a belief in a fully rounded curriculum and engaging teaching and learning for all young people. OCR subject specialists contribute to WE’s secondary curriculum events. WE and OCR together contribute thought leadership – for example around effective vocational learning. WE also work with OCR on research – for example our shared investigation into the first year of 9-1 GCSE examinations.
Voice 21 supports teachers and schools to provide a high quality oracy education which empowers students, regardless of their background, to find their voice for success in school and in life.
World Class Schools are a group of educators who recognised that there was a need in England to formally recognise state secondary schools that go beyond ‘outstanding’. They award a quality mark to non-selective state schools that offer the best education to young people in the UK.
World Class Schools share our commitment to a high-quality whole education that emphasises skills, qualities and knowledge. Unlike other national assessment bodies, the WCSQM assess the student and not the school, against a framework of skills and competencies young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy. The mark give world class students the confidence to overcome socioeconomic barriers to recognise and achieve their potential and is used by a number of WE member schools to celebrate their progress.
The Young Foundation harnesses the power of social innovation to tackle the root causes of inequality. Their work includes collaborating with schools to ensure that young people receive support needed in order to live fulfilled lives.
Whole Education supports the Young Academy, the Young Foundation’s flagship programme tackling inequalities in education and for young people from early years through to employment. WE work with the Young Academy to help develop social enterprises that have the potential to benefit disadvantaged young people in England, by providing an intensive programme of business support and access to financial investment.