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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 academic approach that means our children have the knowledge to live happy, 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 Souza, chief executive

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.

Christine Counsell, director of education

Christine CounsellChristine guides and supports principals across the Trust, and leads the Trust's teacher training and professional development programmes. 

Christine has advised on curriculum issues and worked with teachers, scholars and policy-makers in America, Australia, Singapore, Europe and the Middle East.

Her career also includes 10 years of classroom teaching and leadership, and two decades of teacher training and development at the University of Cambridge, and extensive national and international work.

She has published widely, including academic papers, practical guides and classroom resources.

Christine leads a team of subject specialist leads that work closely with our teaching staff across the Trust. The team features many nationally and internationally recognised education researchers and thinkers including Michael Fordham, Richard Kueh, Steve Mastin, Anthony Radice, and Summer Turner.