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Trustees | Tower Hamlets Education Partnership

Join the board of a best-in-class organisation, building on 20+ years of education excellence in Tower Hamlets and continuing to raise standards across the borough and, increasingly, more widely. You can help us ensure children and young people experience the best possible opportunities, outcomes and life chances. This is an ideal opportunity to bring your expertise to a vibrant and diverse London borough and to continue to guide THE Partnership into the next chapter of its development.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Tower Hamlets Education Partnership (THE Partnership) is a School Company, established in 2017 for schools, by school leaders, to deliver high-quality school improvement services to all schools throughout Tower Hamlets. As a schools-led partnership, we are rooted in the successful collaboration that has characterised education in the borough over the last two decades. But, increasingly, we are building on our success to work with other schools and leaders of education across the country.

Our Community

Tower Hamlets has one of the fastest growing, youngest, and most diverse populations in the UK. On the doorstep of the City of London, Tower Hamlets also has some of the highest levels of disadvantage and child poverty in the country. We are building on the partnerships between the education and business communities to provide opportunities for our teachers and school leaders to learn from the best from across the borough, around the country and all over the world.

Our Members

We are a membership organisation for Tower Hamlets’ schools with 96 out of 103 schools currently members including some of the best performing schools in the country. We work in partnership with teachers, school leaders, headteachers, governors and other partners to drive school improvement and to ensure we seize every chance for every one of the 40,000+ children and young people in Tower Hamlets’ schools to learn, achieve and enjoy success.

Our Vision

We share a vision with our schools that all children and young people in Tower Hamlets will experience the best possible educational opportunities, outcomes and life chances. We look to achieve this through our offer with schools which is built around three key themes; school improvement, people development and collaborative innovation.

In three short years we have enjoyed some exceptional success in delivering our objectives and we feel now is a good time for strategic reflection. We have no desire to rest on our laurels but a strong desire to pursue our core purpose and a burning ambition to continue providing the very best services to our member schools and to others around the country with whom we work.

Who we are looking for

As our current strategy is coming to an end in 2022, we are looking for people who can appreciate the very great success we’ve achieved, but who share our ambition to build on it to shape our future. We are looking for a range of different skills and experiences to complement the skills of our current trustees and to support our high-performing executive team in promoting the culture of collaborative working across the Tower Hamlets education community.

We are particularly interested in people with expertise in education and schools, financial management or developing and implementing strategy (particularly for growing SMEs). As two nationally renowned education thinkers and leaders – Christine Gilbert and Sir Kevan Collins – are completing their terms as trustees, we are keen to attract at least one new trustee with significant education expertise, who can bring a wide educational perspective to the role.

Alongside these skills we are looking for people who have real passion for our purpose – improving outcomes for children and young people – and are innovative in their approach, bringing new thinking and interesting perspectives to inform our next stage of development.

We are interested in people who have links to, or empathy for, Tower Hamlets but equally people who bring experience of best practice from elsewhere either locally, nationally or internationally. It is key that we continue to have a board that reflects the diversity of Tower Hamlets and the people with whom we work every day. In particular we are interested in applications from people of ethnic minority backgrounds, people at a different stage in their careers, and first-time trustees.

If you would like a confidential conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th February 2021

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Welcome from Robert Crothers, Board Chair, and Tracy Smith, Executive Director

Thank you for your interest in THE Partnership and the possibility of joining us as a trustee.

We – our member schools, board, leadership and wider team and other stakeholders – have achieved much in the three years since we were established. But resting on our laurels is not an option. We are ambitious for the future of THE Partnership and, most of all, for the futures of the children and young people served by our member schools and by the other schools around the country with which we are increasingly working.

We are looking for new trustees who appreciate what has been achieved by the education community in Tower Hamlets over many years and who have a desire to contribute their expertise and experience to helping us build even better opportunities, outcomes and life chances for children and young people in Tower Hamlets and beyond.

If you are driven by cultivating collaboration, creating excitement and building confidence and share our passion for giving our children and young people the best possible start in life, get in touch with our recruitment partners at Peridot.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Robert Crothers
Board Chair

Tracy Smith
Executive Director

About Tower Hamlets Education Partnership

Improving schools together

Led by schools, for schools, THE Partnership is building on 20 years of excellence in Tower Hamlets and an existing culture of collaborative working to continue to raise standards.

The primary focus of THE Partnership is collaboration for school improvement – for all schools, not just for those experiencing difficulties.

Our key activities include knowing the strengths and needs of the schools in our Partnership, through our school improvement team and leadership consultants and through the mechanism of peer review.

THE Partnership promotes, facilitates and drives school-led improvement through which:

  • Schools themselves are in control of and responsible for school improvement and have a collective say in its development and delivery. Performance and results are rigorously analysed and challenged to support continued improvement.
  • Trusted networking opportunities enable good practice to be shared and new developments and solutions to be planned and delivered.
  • Schools support, challenge and learn from one another and from trusted partners to spread effective practice.
  • Schools actively collaborate to design and access the support they need to ensure improvement.
  • A culture of innovation for continuous improvement is encouraged and supported.
  • The best schools extend their reach so that all improve.
  • Effective interventions are brokered quickly where there are issues of concern.
  • Our targeted outcomes are achieved.

The services we offer to schools are focused on school improvement and professional learning.

School Improvement

Our school improvement services include:

  • Challenge and support through leadership consultants for each school
  • Data analysis
  • Peer review
  • Inspection support

and much more besides.

Details can be found in the School Improvement section.

Professional Learning

Our professional learning services include:

  • Leadership programmes including middle leaders, senior leaders and headteachers
  • Primary CPD including subject and year group-based training
  • NQT and RQT programmes
  • Networks – subject-based and leadership – for primary and secondary teachers
  • Coaching and mentoring

Details can be found in the Professional Learning section.

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    If you would like a confidential conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

    Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “THE Partnership – Trustees” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th February 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: w/c Monday 15th February 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 15th February 2021

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