In addition to the considerable skills and expertise available within the Trust, we have a number of partners who have a considerable wealth of experience from other colleagues who support our vision and aims. They are:

Trust Partners

Ambition Institute

We are a graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders. We help educators serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep getting better. Our programmes support educators at every stage – from new teachers through to leaders of groups of schools.

Early Excellence

Established in 1998, Early Excellence is a highly regarded national organisation providing high level professional development to schools and nurseries across England. Led by Liz Marsden the founder and Director, and supported by a strong senior leadership team of high-level early years/primary consultants, Early Excellence provides expertise, training and equipment to help schools improve and transform teaching and learning Birth-7yrs. We work with over 6000 schools and 50 LAs to support local and national priorities developing and leading conferences, courses and longer term improvement projects. Much of our work is focused on school development issues in nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 where we support teachers and senior leaders in developing a meaningful, exciting and active curriculum. We also support the two year old agenda and have expertise in Under Threes.

EPM (Education Personnel Management)

Established for over 25 years, EPM are the market leaders for HR, Payroll & Pensions Services in the education sector. We have grown year-upon-year because we tailor our solutions to meet our customers requirements and are committed to developing excellence and empowering our customers by: - Continuously improving and expanding our services to meet and exceed your requirements - Providing Advice Notes, Webinars and Termly Updates; keeping you abreast of legislative changes - Providing model documents, templates, policies and procedures which can be tailored to meet your specific requirements - Providing you with access to agile, flexible and comprehensive reporting - Providing you with named expert HR, Payroll & Pensions Advisers who undertake continuing professional development to provide a consistently high level of support

Linden Learning

The Linden Learning Network is an association of like-minded consultants who wish to retain their independence whilst working together to ensure continued professional excellence and an in-depth understanding of the children’s services sector. The members of the Network strongly believe that together we can make a greater contribution to improving the lives of children and their families than we can alone. The Network shares the values of the Trust and adds significantly to the capacity of the Trust in all phases of education.


Handsam are the leading provider of online management systems and consultancy services to the education sector. Our software safety net keeps schools and academies up-to-date and compliant with the ever-changing legislation that surrounds the education sector, as well as providing a whole school system solution to put this legislation into practice easily and quickly.


PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a not-for-profit partnership of over 1,600 secondary schools, 500 sixth forms, 600 primary schools, and 75 providers of alternative education. Together we share best practice to raise standards and to give students a better future and brighter hope. Founded by Sir John Rowling, PiXL emerged in 2005 from the school improvement programme, the London Challenge. When government funding for the initiative ceased, the 50 member schools at that time decided voluntarily to continue with its model of collaboration around leadership and shared resources. PiXL has since grown to become the largest network of schools in England and Wales. With a focus on Key Stages 2, 4 and 5, each of PiXL’s tailored programmes provides a wealth of classroom strategies and resources and brings school leaders and specialists together at regular conferences to share ideas and support.

NGA (National Governance Association)

The National Governance Association (NGA) is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England. The NGA’s goal is to improve the wellbeing of children and young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. It does this by providing information, advice, guidance, research and training. It also works closely with, and lobbies, UK government and educational bodies, and is the leading campaigning national membership organisation for school governors and trustees.