The problem

Whole Education addresses gaps in education with their mission:

  • To help children and young people to develop a range of skills, qualities and knowledge they will need to succeed and thrive in life, learning and work.
  • To help make learning more relevant and engaging, with young people taking ownership of their own learning.
  • To support learning across various settings (online, outside, at home, through volunteering and work) while engaging the wider community

They believe that the need for this kind of education today is as great as it has ever been and that the essential knowledge for change is already in the system. But they are dissipated- transformative insights scattered across the 20,000 schools and 400,000 teachers in the system.

The solution

Whole Education connect the dots to magnify the ability of schools and leaders to offer a ‘whole education’.

They are a partnership of schools and organisations committed to redefining today’s educational offering. They believe all children deserve an engaging and rounded education that supports academic achievement, but also develops the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to flourish in life, learning and work.

As a national network, Whole Education facilitates shared-learning and collaboration between innovative schools; exposes teachers to world-class thinking and approaches, and supports effective professional development.

500 schools work with whole education

Work in action

How They Help Schools:

When joining the network, a relationship manager is appointed who supports engagement with the network and works ensure the school’s priorities are met.

They will help schools to:

  • Connect with each other, national & international experts, leading practitioners and innovative schools.
  • Develop capacity and confidence as leaders, teachers and a school community.
  • Solve burning issues. Access targeted support through our range of projects that will equip you to better
  • Tackle the challenges your school is grappling with.

The Big Changers

Douglas Archibald, Director

Douglas is Whole Education’s Director. His focus is on supporting education transformation through peer-to-peer networks. Douglas started his career as a manager on Accenture’s Human Performance practice before leading the development of the Knowledge and Innovation Network at Warwick Business School.

His work on networks has been published in Harvard Business Review and he has advised a number of third and public sector bodies, including the United Nations Development Program and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Before leading Whole Education he was a Partner at the Innovation Unit


Whole Education work with over 500 schools that are committed to learning from, and with, each other to offer a ‘whole education’ that develops the knowledge, skills and qualities young people need to thrive in learning, life and work.