Big 8 Leadership Foundations (BLA 22/23)

Welcome to the start of your Big 8 journey! ‘Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves’ (Tolstoy, L) This quote sits at the core of what we, at Big Education, believe about leadership. Too often, in education, we see ourselves and others as ‘experts’, meaning that leaders don’t always […]

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Introduction to Fast Feedback

The course   ‘How do you ensure that children are learning, without bringing staff to their knees? We found a way. Six years ago, I decided to ban teachers from writing in children’s books. Children became more independent, the quality of their writing improved and standards went up. Ofsted are happy with it and, crucially, so […]

Big 8 Leadership Foundations (Sept 2022)

Welcome to the start of your Big 8 journey! ‘Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves’ (Tolstoy, L) This quote sits at the core of what we, at Big Education, believe about leadership. Too often, in education, we see ourselves and others as ‘experts’, meaning that leaders don’t always […]

Big Leadership Adventure 2022 Application

The application process The application process has two main stages. You are currently at stage one. Stage one gives you information and insights into the BLA through a series of videos, reading and activities, to help you assess whether the programme is right for you at this time. This stage should take approximately 45 mins […]

What Makes A Great Strategy? Writing an ambitious school development plan

Building on the tools and techniques for strategy learnt at the heart of government and in challenging schools, these three webinars are designed for principals/headteachers and senior leaders who want to shape a bold strategic school development plan for September 2022 to take their school to the next level.  After two years of stress, upheaval […]

Philosophy of Education

Welcome to the Philosophy of Education module! Education, whether we like it or not, is ideological – we all have a different view of the purpose, aims and methods of education. These views are rooted in our view – our philosophy – of the world. Our philosophy shapes not only how we teach, but how we […]

Rethinking Top-Down Accountability in Schools (Spring 22)

All leaders want to ensure high-quality teaching and learning in their schools. However, there are many methods and debates about how to make this happen. At Big Education, we believe in empowering teachers and staff by using a bottom-up approach to drive their own development and learning. We want to make an accountability system that […]

Real World Learning (FEB 22)

This CPD brings to life the approach Big Education and School 21 have taken to work experience and is for the teacher responsible for work experience in school. The CPD is both informative and practical. The CPD will take teachers from no awareness of the RWLP to believing a RWLP is for them, their school […]

Big 8 Leadership Foundations (MARCH 22)

Welcome to the start of your Big 8 journey! ‘Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves’ (Tolstoy, L) This quote sits at the core of what we, at Big Education, believe about leadership. Too often, in education, we see ourselves and others as ‘experts’, meaning that leaders don’t always […]

Introduction to Big Education

Our mission at Big Education is to transform children’s lives through an expansive education – what we call an education of the head,  heart and hand. This is based on a more ambitious purpose for schooling – one which intends for young people to go out and shape the world as engaged citizens, not just […]

Big 8 Leadership Foundations (NOV 21)

Welcome to the start of your Big 8 journey! ‘Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves’ (Tolstoy, L) This quote sits at the core of what we, at Big Education, believe about leadership. Too often, in education, we see ourselves and others as ‘experts’, meaning that leaders don’t always […]

Building High-Performing Teams (NOV 21)

You believe and want a Big Education – one which encompasses the head, the heart and the hand. An education that not only delivers great results, but also develops the whole person. An education which trusts and develops high performing individuals at all levels. An education system that is focussed on excellence and high-performance, but […]

Big 8 Leadership Foundations

Welcome to the start of your Big 8 journey! ‘Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves’ (Tolstoy, L) This quote sits at the core of what we, at Big Education, believe about leadership. Too often, in education, we see ourselves and others as ‘experts’, meaning that leaders don’t always […]

Welcome to the Big Leadership Adventure!

The Big Leadership Adventure is the culmination of many years of thinking and planning. We formed Big Education in September 2018 because we and our teams believe that significant change and new thinking is required within education. The problems with the status quo are well rehearsed; we are failing too many young people now, but also failing […]

Real World Learning (NOV 21)

This CPD brings to life the approach Big Education and School 21 have taken to work experience and is for the teacher responsible for work experience in school. The CPD is both informative and practical. The CPD will take teachers from no awareness of the RWLP to believing a RWLP is for them, their school and their pupils. And it will help to drive them to action with practical activities.

This CPD is designed to shift schools and teachers from no awareness and belief to belief, awareness, consideration and action. The action is to start planning a RWLP, connecting with Big Education for further support, and joining a community with other schools and professionals running RWLPs.  

Big Education Compass

You are here because you know that the education system we currently have is not as good as it could be. You came into this profession for much more than managing behaviour, inputing data and squeezing out exam grades. However, making a change is difficult. It can be hard to know where to start. It […]

‘I’m ok, you’re ok’ – Creating a culture of positive staff wellbeing

One of the major themes which emerged during the pandemic was the need for a renewed emphasis on staff wellbeing. Burnout has been a  persistent issue in the profession, but lockdown has brought it to the forefront and given new perspectives on how to solve the issue. Leaders often do not prioritise their own wellbeing, […]