BEP is a membership organisation. As members we share moral purpose, shape priorities and receive benefits.
When a school joins BEP it is primarily a statement of support for the aims of our partnership, of recognising that we all share a responsibility beyond that which we have for our individual schools.
BEP Membership affirms our responsibility for all Birmingham children and the health of the education system in our city as a whole. Membership also brings a range of benefits. The revenue from membership is one way of ensuring BEP has some independence regardless of the direction of travel created by our different contracts.
BEP is for all government funded Birmingham Schools: maintained, academy and free schools. Independent schools with more than 150 learners are also invited to join. We are committed to seeing all Birmingham Schools as members, in keeping with our aims. Membership defines BEP; it is certainly not motivated by income generation.
2016 – 17 BEP Membership benefits include:
- Reduced rates for the BEP Peer Review Programme
- Reduced rates for the annual conference: Learning to Shape Birmingham
- Free access to BEP lectures and training events
- Advocacy – BEP represents member interests with the DfE, Ofsted, BCC and elsewhere
- Fortnightly newsletter and updates
- Discounts on particular educational products
- Voting rights for the Headteacher vice chair (Board members)
Currently the charge for membership is £1 per child per year. This represents 3% of our income. Membership is by academic year.