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As a family of schools, education is at the heart of everything we do. The Inspiration Trust was set up to offer children from all backgrounds access to the finest education: an inclusive and academic approach that means our children are able to live happy, fulfilled, constructive lives; and a wider cultural and moral vision that encourages interests in sport and the arts, and a willingness to play a full part in society.

In addition to our experienced teaching staff in our schools, we have support networks that run across the Trust to ensure that the very best ideas are available to all – backed by an expert central team.

Dame Rachel de SouzaOur education improvement work is led by our chief executive, Dame Rachel de Souza. An experienced headteacher and schools inspector, Dame Rachel has extensive knowledge of school improvement.

Dame Rachel has championed the ideas of Dr E D Hirsch in the UK, organising the seminal academic's first lecture tour of the country in 2015, and encouraging the practical implementation of a knowledge-rich curriculum in the Inspiration Trust's schools.

Dame Rachel meets widely with national figures in education, ensuring the region and the Trust remain at the forefront of educational thinking in the UK and beyond.

Director of standards Claire Heald leads and coordinates our support to schools, including a team of subject specialist leaders that work closely with our teaching staff across the Trust.

The team features many nationally recognised education researchers and thinkers including Summer Turner and Dr Richard Kueh.

Our experts support both Trust academies and other local schools through our popular programme of professional development, initial teacher training, and curriculum development and research projects.