Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) is holding its official launch today, Monday 19th October, after a full, vibrant and effective first month in its strategic partnership with Birmingham City Council. The partnership has been created to celebrate the success of the City’s schools, galvanise them to support other schools, and so raise achievement and ambition for Birmingham’s children and young people.
Birmingham head teachers were invited by BEP to take up its mission to deliver a deeply good academic, social and civic education for every child and young person living in Birmingham, by taking part in ten District Strategy Group meetings across the City.
BEP Chief Executive Tim Boyes, seconded Head from Queensbridge School in Moseley said, “I am delighted that over 300 Heads attended these meetings to discuss practical ways about how we can collaboratively raise standards of education across the City by working together to support each other. BEP is not about an outside organisation making schools better, it is about all school leaders; Head teachers, Governors, Business managers, teachers and children learning from each other and so making our schools great places to learn, grown and be nourished in.”
BEP is an independent membership organisation that was set up by head teachers in 2013 and during its first month in this new partnership it has provided a multitude of learning opportunities for schools. This has included a thought provoking breakfast lecture by the Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Fund, in-depth Ofsted training for over 300 heads, discussions with governing body chairs, teacher recruitment opportunities, signposting to the many and varied support organisations that link with schools. BEP was formed by school leaders and is committed to providing a voice for them at a district, city and national level, through its drive to bring about change through a school-led system.
Baroness Estelle Morris, Chair of the Board said of BEP: “The strategic partnership is probably one of the most important thing to have happened to Birmingham schools for quite a few years and I hope that everybody feels that they not only want to be part of it but they can’t afford not to be part of it.”
BEP welcomed Baroness Morris, Sir Albert Bore, cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Brigid Jones, strategic director for people Peter Hay and Sir Mike Tomlinson, commissioner for education to their new offices in Digbeth, the city’s creative hub.
Cllr Jones said: “This is an exciting time for education in the city and I’m really pleased to see the progress Birmingham Education Partnership has already made. We know that schools can achieve far more collectively than they can on their own and harnessing this power and talent we can drive through the innovation and improvement so every child can access the best teaching, a broad curriculum and reach their full potential.”
Sir Mike Tomlinson said: “Absolutely all the evidence whether here or overseas points to the fact that the best school improvement process is one where schools work with schools. Not only is it effective in terms of improving the school that needs it, it also helps develop professionally and personally the teachers who are doing the work and over time it does build in sustainability within the school, so actually each school becomes a self-improving school it’s always asking itself the question ‘what do we need to do to improve yet further?’.”
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