Head, Heart and Hand Leadership in the South West

Big Education and Connect Academy Trust have a shared belief that a better kind of education is possible through a deep conviction that schools need to focus on head (academic success), heart (character and well-being) and hand (generating ideas, problem solving, making a difference).

At the heart of this partnership is a commitment to empower education leaders in our own schools and the wider sector, providing them with the tools, resources and networks they need to drive positive change in their schools and communities.

Both Trusts have strong shared values around the importance of collaboration and connectedness. Together we will model a different approach to the education system, where Trusts work together to ensure more young people receive this kind of education.

Through this partnership, the two Trusts will build on the work of each other to develop a network of school leaders in the South West, who are united by a common purpose and a relentless drive to push the boundaries of what is possible. We will provide cutting-edge professional development opportunities, which will include the Big 8, the Big Leadership Adventure, the Next Big 10 as well as developing mutual mentoring for leaders in specific roles, such as external partnership working, school improvement and Trust growth, for the benefit of young people in the South West

In short, this is an exciting partnership that has the power to transform the education landscape in ways that were once thought impossible. By bringing together two visionary trusts and unleashing their collective potential, we can create a future where all children have access to a world-class education and the opportunity to thrive.

If you are a school leader, you can join our Big 8 Practitioner Network, with dates taking place every few months – more information and sign up here.

If you would like to have a conversation with one of the team about this work, please get in touch with Ellie Lister, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Big Education (ellie.lister@bigeducation.org) or Sarah Ryder, School Improvement Lead at Connect (sryder@connectacademytrust.co.uk).

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