An education fit for today and the future

Big Education is a multi-academy trust and charity that exists because our schools share the belief that the UK curriculum is narrow, outdated, and over-indexed on academics.

Our schools and networks are demonstrating that another way is not only possible, but essential.


We believe that school can and must be better. Our founding schools, School 21 and Surrey Square Primary, one a new ‘start up’ free school and the other a ‘turnaround’, were committed to significant change and had created new practices and insights. We created Big Education in order to do more, better, together. 

Each continues to strive to find the best ways for their students to receive an expansive education and fulfil their potential in every way; from academia to critical thinking, creativity to community action, understanding yourself and everything in between. We opened School 360 in September 2021 and are excited to continue to grow the Big Education group of schools in the coming years. 

Although proud of our achievements and the enhanced experiences our students have access to, we have more to do! We are ambitious for the whole system and much of our work is focused on how we can be part of changing mindsets, practices and policies, so that more children across receive this kind of education.


We are passionate about using our practical insights to be part of positive change in the system. We run schools ourselves. We are rooted in practice as well as big ideas as the basis for our other work with others. We are working to change;

Mindsets – through our thought leadership, blogs, networks and ideas

Practices – by sharing our practical insights with teachers and leaders through our leadership programmes, projects, courses and school visits

Policies – by sharing our insights and ideas with policy makers and influencers

We are helping schools, and groups of schools make practical changes to deliver a more expansive educational experience for their students.

Our Leadership Programme

Big Education's leadership programme

Are you passionate that the education system needs to provide more than simply a set of exam results for young people? Do you want to develop your leadership capabilities to be able to innovate and support your teams to do the same? Have you ever felt like change is needed within education and you want to know how to make that happen? The Big Leadership Adventure works to address this!

Latest course

Introduction to ‘Fast Feedback’ with Ivy Learning Trust and Big Education

In collaboration with Big Education, we will share our story of how we abolished written marking and embedded Fast Feedback to create truly effective learners with ownership over their own learning; whilst simultaneously reducing teacher workload. We’ll facilitate an exploration of how you could create something similar in your context.
Gemma Whitby
Co-Author of Fast Feedback

Big 8 - Your leadership foundations toolkit, Sept '22

To achieve ‘A Big Education’ we need to move from monologue to dialogue, from groupthink to multiple perspectives, to leading and listening. It requires a culture of feedback, challenge and support. This course will develop you in the toolkit of the Big 8 – a set of behaviours, mindsets, cultures, and approaches that underpin this work.
Liz Robinson
Co-Director, Big Education

Latest blogs

Data from Teacher Tapp

Teachers feel like they are working longer hours than ever before… we know this because at Teacher Tapp we check. …
Karen Wespieser MBE

5 takeaways on bold and innovative leadership

A couple of weeks ago, we brought together over 50 educational leaders to discuss how leadership can connect our present to our ideals for the future of education in the UK. …
Cintia Shiratori


How can I get involved?