Our mission is to secure a deeply good academic, social and civic education for every child and young person living in Birmingham.

BEP was established in 2013 to unite the whole family of Birmingham schools, to harness our collective strengths and to support partnership working.

The Birmingham Education Partnership represents the school-led system in the face of shrinking local government. Recognising that it takes a whole city to raise a child and that schools need to be rooted in locality, BEP champions working with all those who support and develop Birmingham’s young people.

Our Aim

Birmingham Education Partnership is inspired to touch the life of every child and young person living within our city. From the outset our aim has been to:

  • Unite and hold together the whole family of Birmingham schools in the face of an increasingly atomised system around a weakening centre
  • Secure a deeply good education for every child in a Birmingham School, maintained or academy, focusing on the civic and the social as well as the academic
  • Provide a united voice for Birmingham schools and to champion partnership working with business and other large parts of the public sector to strengthen partnership working
  • No school being left isolated and the city council knowing all its schools well
  • Formal support and intervention with schools deemed to be less than good or at risk of requiring improvement or worse.
  • Raising achievement/attainment and securing good Ofsted outcomes in all Birmingham Schools.


Who’s Who

BEP exists to be of potential benefit to all Birmingham Schools, not just paid up members. We think it is vital that everyone knows where to find help and who to talk to. Birmingham Education Partnership has a small core team serving a very large community of schools. In addition to all the school improvement resources that exist in our schools, BEP’s key resources include its Board, an Advisory Group (formerly our commissioners), District Leads and a central team. This increasingly skilled team works closely with Headteachers and Governors, always keen to learn, listening to feedback to understand changing needs and to improve our service.

The Board

I have served as the Erdington representative of Birmingham Education Partnership from the outset and am in my seventh year as Head Teacher of Osborne Primary School in Birmingham. Previously I have taught in six separate Local Authorities, and always in challenging urban schools; including roles as a Key Literacy Teacher and Deputy in a National Support School.

Currently, I am working with seven other like-minded Erdington Heads to create a contractual collaboration between our schools in order to secure: continuous school improvement; specialisms within each of our schools; greater financial security and promote pride in our local community.

James worked in the PwC Government and Public Sector practice for 20 years advising clients from across the public sector on accounting and audit, project and programme management, financial management and also risk management. During this time James was responsible for taking a leading role in PwC’s school engagement programme in Birmingham. James has also led high profile projects and programmes within central and local government (including managing the creation and development of the West Midlands Combined Authority), and has led the delivery of back office professional services to the NHS in Staffordshire. James is currently Corporate Director (Resource) at South Staffordshire Council.

Senior Leadership Team

Operational Staff










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