Bill Brown

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Bill is chairman of The Education Partnership, which has for the past twenty years provided a truly comprehensive range of governance and compliance expertise to schools, colleges, and outdoor education activity centres. He was previously a Head Teacher of all-age boarding and day schools in the maintained and independent sectors, including those for children with complex learning and behavioural needs.

Bill works with proprietors and Head Teachers in preparation for and following up inspections by Ofsted (Education and Social Care) and ISI (Regulatory Compliance and Education Quality). His expertise in this area covers NMS, RSS, dual registration, initial registration, final registration and material change. Bill also works with schools judged as “inadequate” by Ofsted or “unsatisfactory” by ISI, helping them to achieve “good”, “outstanding” and “excellent” Ofsted or ISI outcomes.

Bill is approached by an increasing number of proprietors, chairs of trustees and headteachers, who find themselves in challenging circumstances. This includes schools that have received a warning notice from the Department for Education due to their failure to meet the Independent School Standards Regulations (ISSR) and/or the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for boarding and residential special schools. Consistently, these schools see improvements at subsequent inspections.

Currently, Bill is undertaking a longitudinal study of independent proprietorial schools, examining the governance implications of compliance and external inspection outcomes. To this end, we are looking for proprietorial schools in England for whom we could undertake a free of charge one-day compliance health check in return for participating in a confidential semi-structured interview on this subject at the end of the day. If you would be interested in taking up this offer, or would like a PDF of the second edition of this research, please contact [email protected]

Bill works with colleagues, employers (proprietors, trustees, and governors), headteachers and bursars towards:

  • preparing applications on behalf of Proprietors, to the DfE, for establishing new schools, material changes to existing schools, and action plans for schools which have received a warning notice from the DfE or an unannounced/emergency inspection;
  • managing their schools and outdoor education/activity centres in a more effective, efficient and economic way;
  • implementing day-to-day working practices including policies and procedures thus ensuring compliance with regulations. This includes safeguarding (child protection, safer recruitment, duty of care, e-Safety and staff code of conduct), provision of education, boarding, and health and safety;
  • advising on learning outside the classroom including the responsibilities of providers, employees and employers;
  • carrying out special educational needs audits, advising on specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia and complex needs), and advising on the role of the SENCO;
  • drawing up personnel specifications and effective interview strategies along with the recruitment and performance management of principals, headteachers, SENCOs and senior leaders.

Bill is a Vice President of the Hampshire Scout Association, a supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, member of the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Bill’s personal interests include music, magic and mountains frequently interspersed with regular visits to tea shops. He is a member of the Society of Educational Consultants.