Education Executives Membership

Forum Strategy is delighted to share our Education Executives’ Membership offer, focused on supporting the ongoing professional development and learning of individuals leading educational improvement and delivery across multiple schools or a trust-wide specialism. These roles include (but are not limited to) Directors of Education/School Improvement, School Improvement Leads, Executive Headteachers and Headteachers who have a cross-Trust remit, particularly around educational improvement.

Our offer is based on high quality executive coaching; face to face and online workshops; access to our online resources; and with complimentary individual access to our e-briefing services on education policy, research and funding. The membership is also intended to support executive educational leaders to learn from the very best in their field and connect with peers across the country, supported by Forum Strategy’s sector-leading approach.

Organisations that have contributed to our workshops and briefing sessions so far have included UNICEF, The Children’s Society, NHS Horizons as well as CEOs and partner organisations from within the education sector (such as the Teacher Development Trust, ATT Institute & Schools Partnership Programme).

The Education Executive Membership includes:

  • Four online coaching sessions each year with an experienced executive coach identified and quality assured by Forum Strategy;
  • Access to the Forum Strategy membership website, including routinely updated and sector-leading resources on trust leadership;
  • An online introductory session for new Education Executive members in September of each year revisiting key topics from previous years’ workshop sessions;
  • Attendance at our national #TrustLeaders symposium in June 2023 or 2024 (dependent upon your joining date);
  • A full day face to face session in Nottingham in October delivered by our workshop leads;
  • Two virtual workshops for executive leaders delivered by our workshop leads and bringing in experts from within and beyond the sector;
  • Complimentary ‘individual subscription’ to our weekly (term-time) e-briefings and breakfast briefing seminars, covering new policy, sector-developments and key research, and regular masterclasses (previous subjects for which have included leading cyber security strategy and procurement strategy cross-Trust)

Workshop overviews 2022/23 (overviews for 2023/24 will be added later in 2023):

Our dedicated workshops led by leading school improvement experts Debbie Clinton and Paul Ainsworth will cover the following:
  • Workshop 1 (September 28th 2022 – 1/2 day online) – introducing members to the offer, revisiting key learning and themes from the 2021/22 membership workshops and honing in on Trust wide school improvement strategy (shaping, refining and communicating)
  • Workshop 2 (October 5th 2022 – full day in person) – Focusing in on the role of the Education Executive as a leader of improvement at scale . Exploring through a cross Trust lens: effective curriculum impact; readiness for successful Ofsted inspections; effective safeguarding; maximising learning opportunities for SEND pupils; and much more.
  • Workshop 3 (9th February 2023 – 1/2 day online) – focussing in on SEND provision and using the Trust scale to ensure the best education for vulnerable learners. Measuring impact and outcomes and exploring effective quality assurance mechanisms. 
  • Workshop 4 (25th April 2023 – 1/2 day online) –  focussing in on safeguarding and using the Trust scale to ensure the best safeguarding provision for children and young people. Measuring impact and outcomes and exploring effective quality assurance approaches.
  • Leadership symposium (7th June 2023 – full day in person)


Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth

Paul K Ainsworth (@pkainsworth) has held Director of School Improvement roles in four Multi-Academy Trusts including a large system leader MAT, Faith MATs and those which are rapidly expanding. In September will be working for Infinity Academies Trust, Lincolnshire. He has supported leaders of small rural primary schools to large urban secondary schools, working intensively with those in OFSTED categories or have had a dip in results including four schools which moved from inadequate to good. He has been the Head of a Teaching School, delivered training to system leaders and Chaired Interim Executive Boards for nine schools. In recognition of his school improvement work he is both an LLE and FCCT.

‘No Silver Bullets: Day in, day out school improvement’ is his ninth book following ‘Get that Teaching Job’, ‘Middle Leadership’ and ‘The Senior Leader’s Yearbook’. He is also a TEDx speaker.

Debbie Clinton

Debbie Clinton

Debbie is a freelance Education Leadership Expert specialising in strategic risk, governance, people development, peer review and trust growth. She has been the CEO of two established multi academy trusts. During her tenure, both saw significant improvement in educational outcomes, people development and financial/operational performance.

Debbie is a former HMI and was, before that, the Principal of Nunthorpe Academy,  Middlesbrough – judged outstanding by Ofsted in all aspects. Debbie was invited to a 2014 Downing Street reception for ‘Inspirational Women Leaders’ in 2014 following her work at Nunthorpe.

Debbie has wide experience in leadership development and school improvement, and has supported national projects, conferences and working parties/groups for the DfE, the Institute of Education (London) and many others. Debbie sits on GovNet’s Education Advisory Board as a non-executive adviser. She is also a trustee of the Ebor Academy Trust.

This membership will also support those individuals who are in executive education leadership and may consider becoming CEOs in the future. If you are currently a serving CEO or a COO, alternative membership is available:

The fee for an annual (365 days) individual membership is £2400 plus VAT.

To apply to join this network, please complete the web form below. Upon successful submission, you will receive a message to confirm your application has been received and a member of the team will be in touch with next steps.


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