Forward Education Trust (FET) is a non-profit group of Special Academies working across Birmingham and its neighbouring Local Authorities. The Trust is driven by improving both the personal and academic achievements of its pupils, making every day the best it can possibly be for each student. FET's purpose is to ensure that the children in its schools receive the best possible education, care and life chances by being the West Midlands' bespoke provider of choice for children with high levels of special educational needs.
FET's leadership is based on an ethos of community, wherein everyone can move forward together, striving for and achieving opportunities to improve outcomes and provide stability and success for all. This ethos is supported by the Trust's six core values: FET strives to be forward thinking, ambitious, principled, motivated, trustworthy, and above all, to be nurturers of talent.
The Trust consists of six specialist provision schools, providing SEND education to over 750 pupils. The Trust is growing; with 400 staff and an annual turnover of £18m, FET will be welcoming a seventh school in September 2023. The Trust's growth strategy centres on the idea of letting each school develop its own unique identity, whilst also allowing each school to come together to form a single entity. Forward Education Trust does not believe in growth for growth's sake - but with such an ongoing demand for specialist schools, there are opportunities for the Trust to reach even more children with its exceptional educational offering.
Above all, Forward Education Trust believes in its children. It empowers people to make the right decisions, and strives to be creative in the way that it approaches the education and care of children. Mutual respect pervades all of the Trust's relationships: together, the Trust's staff learn, practice and collaborate – creating a sense of unity within the organisation which enables FET to nurture its talent, for the benefit of its young people.