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


Liz used values as a key driver in her role as head at Surrey Square, from January 2006 until August 2018. Following an outstanding Ofsted in November 2009, she was asked to lead the amalgamation with the linked Infant School, and the newly formed Primary School was judged outstanding in November 2016. She and Nicola Noble developed a model of co-headship from 2014 onwards. As a National Leader of Education, Liz worked with many schools to develop practice and raise standards. She was a founder of IAG, motivated to be part of creating a forward thinking secondary school.


Liz has a particular interest in developing values-led leadership, and has worked extensively as a speaker, trainer and coach. She is passionate about asking bigger questions about what school can or should be about and finding new ways of working. Liz is a Trustee for the National Literacy Trust. As mum to two young girls, Liz works flexibly to manage her roles.

Peter Hyman is Executive Headteacher and co-founder of School 21. He was a strategist and speechwriter for the British Prime Minister before moving into education and training to be a history teacher.
He worked in two outstanding schools before School 21. He is author of the book, 1 out of 10.
Oli de Botton is an English teacher who has also worked in education policy and strategy. He was a member of the first cohort of Teach First teachers in 2003 and has been a Head of Sixth and Assistant Headteacher at previous schools.
From 2008 to 2012, Oli worked as a government education advisor in the UK and around the world, specialising in teacher development and curriculum. In 2012 he co-founded School 21 where he is the Headteacher.

Nicola is the head of Surrey Square Primary School, having worked as co-head with Liz Robinson since 2014. Nicola is a passionate teacher, rooted in the potential of every child, and always looking for engaging and meaningful contexts for learning. Among many things, she has lead the development of Surrey Square’s approach to ‘REAL’ project based learning, and brought the values to life with the design of the values characters.


Nicola has worked extensively as a coach and trainer, notably devising and running a DfE funded programme for women leaders, with the Southwark Teaching School Alliance in 2016-18. She is Trustee for the food poverty charity Magic Breakfast. Nicola is mum to two young children and works flexibly in her role.

Indira has been teaching for 18 years, with 10 years experience as a senior leader in two outstanding schools in inner city London. As an English teacher she is passionate about sharing her love for literature and language with her students. As a leader, Indira believes in sustaining outstanding outcomes, and is dedicated to the investment of students’ emotional and literacy development, to ensure that they have continuous success in their lives beyond their school experience.


Indira is determined to ensure that the students at IAG actively develop their cultural, moral and social enthusiasm for learning so that they become articulate, confident and successful global citizens of the future. She firmly believes excellence for all IAG students can be achieved with a strongly unified, dedicated, supported staff team and, through engaging in a meaningful partnership with parents.