Big Education Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity (Companies House registration number is 07648389). Its registered office address is School 21, Pitchford Street , London E15 4RZ

Big Education is about a big ambition. To bring together the energy and spirit of our schools, teachers and communities to deliver a bigger and bolder vision of what education can be about.


We believe deeply that we need to educate the whole child – head, heart and hand. And if we do that with innovation and rigour, then young people will be equipped to make a difference to the world. 

If you want to be part of this growing movement


To create great schools
that exemplify new models and methods of schooling and give all children, particularly those from the most deprived backgrounds, the greatest chance of success.
To develop innovative programmes
To have a wider impact on the system, we plan to develop and incubate innovative programmes just as we have with our oracy programme. Voice 21 is already working with several hundred schools all over the country.
To build a wider movement
Building on the energies, expertise and imagination of brilliant teachers, we want to be a catalyst for some fresh thinking in education.

How we are distinctive?

We believe:
  • In making a difference to the entire system not just our own schools
  • In prizing distinctiveness and centres of excellence over uniformity
  • In challenging not accepting the way education is done - in becoming the first place to go for rigorous innovation and new thinking
  • Good exam results and a good Ofsted grade are a minimum necessity not goals of education
  • The divide between progressives and traditionalists gets in the way of true innovation that has an impact: dogma of any kind is unhelpful
  • Education is an intellectual as well as practical undertaking and needs a rich blend of both


School 21 is a state-funded, non-selective 4-18 school in Stratford, East London. An innovative school, doing things differently for the
21st century.
At Surrey Square we believe that children can achieve personal excellence through the teaching and modelling of values and skills.
The International Academy of Greenwich (IAG) is a growing school. We opened with 95 Year 7 students in September 2016.
There have been some important developments regarding the International Academy of Greenwich.
If you want your school to be part of this growing movement get in touch here


We believe speaking and listening skills are fundamental to success in both
learning and life.  

Our design principles

  1. A moral purpose.
    We are actively building a community: A community of learners - adults, pupils, parents, organisations - who are growing, reflecting, improving and building the capacity to make changes to the world around them.

  2. A curriculum that develops the whole child:
    head, heart and hand by valuing deep knowledge, personal understanding and well-being, and problem solving and creativity. A curriculum that generates and harnesses student passions.

  3. Real world learning:
    that develops head, heart and hand through rich partnerships, the clever use of new technology and the application of knowledge to solve real world problems and build strong communities.

  4. Sophisticated language and communication skills:
    with every child a passionate reader, fluent writer and confident, agile speaker. Speaking given the same status as reading and writing.

  5. Reinvigorating the teaching profession:
    as a complex, layered, intellectual, collaborative undertaking - giving teachers the chance to develop a skilful repertoire of pedagogical approaches.

  6. Every child, every lesson, every day.
    A commitment to strong relationships so that every child is well known and feels valued and every child knows they are striving for the highest possible academic and personal standards.

  7. Holistic approaches to assessment:
    innovating in what is assessed and how so that all assessment furthers the purpose of learning.

  8. Self determination:
    the school, staff, young people are agents of their own future and should be given all the tools possible to succeed.

  9. Innovation.
    We are curious, restless and questioning and believe that our duty is to strive for better ways to have an impact on young people, schools and the wider system