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We are pleased to announce The Education Exchange’s Conferencing Centre was officially opened by Baroness Barran MBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, on Friday 9th December 2022.

A privilege to join The Education Exchange, leaders from Delta Academies Trust, Northern Education Trust, Together Learning Trust and others to hear about their support for Trusts through professional generosity and friendship. Thank you for the invitation and I look forward to hearing more!

Baroness Barran MBE

The conferencing centre was built to provide a space for professionals to come together, put egos to one side, and allow professional friendships to be formed through discussions and forums. This official opening was intended to be a celebration of what The Education Exchange does, and provide a platform to share aspirations for the future of the centre and its projects.

The event was hosted by Paul Tarn, CEO of Delta Academies Trust, with special guests from The Brooksbank School who proceeded to share their school improvement journey with The Education Exchange.

The Baroness was impressed with Brooksbank’s presentation and could clearly see how professional partners has provided the expertise and supportive network it desperately needed. She also spoke passionately about the importance of getting education right, and getting it right quickly, which is what The Education Exchange is doing.

The Education Exchange provides fantastic professional experience and development opportunities for those in the supporting role and those being supported. Our aspiration is to build a school system which is a self-improving system, where Trusts are supporting and learning from one another, where we are building those networks.
This is an exciting initiative and absolutely has to have the support from the Department.

It is a huge, huge honour to unveil this plaque.

Baroness Barran MBE

To close the event, The Education Exchange was announced as officially open by Baroness Barran and Paul Tarn by unveiling a plaque which will be situated in the reception area.

Baroness Barran was also treated to a tour of local Primary Academy, Simpson’s Lane, prior to the event. The Baroness viewed their immersive KS1 library, commenting on the “amazing attention to detail and creativity”.

The Education Exchange, the first of its kind, is designed to bring education professionals together to share school improvement practice with the only profit to the education of students. The concept is around “collaboration over competition”, and allows educators to develop connections with other education experts, to call on when they need advice and support. Projects have been commissioned by Local Authorities, Trusts, schools and Regional Schools Commissioner, with over 900 projects delivered.