The Phoenix Education Trust is inviting applications for two new members to join our Board of Trustees. We need people aligned with our values, committed to our vision, and who have the capacity to commit to regular and ongoing oversight of our activities. We are looking for particular skillsets, especially: finance management skills, awareness of charity governance and someone with HR experience.


About us

The Phoenix Education Trust is a small national charity, passionate about co-creating schools of freedom and equality, where power is shared and learning is led by the learner. We advocate for education transformation by facilitating high quality training programmes in secondary schools, coordinating a network of pioneers and sharing research and case studies that relate to our values-in-practice. We embody our five core values of equality, autonomy, collaboration, agency and authenticity in everything we do.

We have two main strands of activity:
1) Programmes: Inspiration and support, through training programmes, for secondary school students and teachers, to enhance engagement through effective participation
2) Network: coordinating a nationwide community of practice aligned with the concept of ‘freedom to learn’

Role Description

Trustees' responsibilities include but are not limited to:
o Collaborating with the other trustees and staff members to develop short and long-term strategies to help the charity pursue its charitable aims
o Acting with reasonable care and skill, and in PET's best interests, to ensure responsible management of resources and to oversee legal aspects of the charity in relation to company or employment law.
o Participating fully in democratic and consensus-based decision-making processes at quarterly general meetings
o Participating in at least one sub-committee (Management, Finance & Fundraising, or Projects) by joining regular skype meetings and contributing to reports in advance of general meetings
o Reading and responding to regular email updates from our Director (approximately one report per month, and occasional ad-hoc requests for input).
o Supporting staff in an ad-hoc capacity, such as providing guidance face-to-face or over the phone
o Occasionally attending training sessions or network events to gain first-hand experience of projects

o New trustees will be expected to spend time familiarising themselves with the charity when they join (see 'Induction Process' below)


Alignment with our values

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, education transformation. It is important that Trustees share our team’s passion, and are aligned with our five core values:

Equality: When adults and children see themselves as equal partners in the learning journey, mutual trust and respect becomes the foundation for deep educational engagement
Autonomy: When students are able to follow their own interests and learn because they want to, they stay curious, learn what they’re passionate about and develop their sense of identity.
Collaboration: Progress happens when we work together, and being part of a team is an essential part of our happiness. This is how society evolves.
Agency: When every member of a learning community has input and influence, they learn how to have a positive impact on the world around them.
Authenticity: To function in the real world, students need to be involved in the real world. The society around us can be our classroom. 


Induction Process

New trustees will be encouraged to spend time familiarising themselves with the Trust when they join. After a successful interview, new trustees will be invited to our next general meeting, to participate and observe, and to then decide whether they wish to proceed with the role. New trustees will be required to read carefully our Articles of Association, to sign the PET Declaration and Ethos Statement as well as the Trustee Eligibility Declaration. We will do our best to facilitate opportunities for new trustees to get some hands-on experience of our work, by observing programmes, or meeting members of our network and democratic learning settings around the country. 



All travel and other expenses that are incurred during the course of your activities as a Phoenix Trustee will be reimbursed; including attendance at quarterly general meetings and occasional ad hoc meetings with staff, as well as a visit to a democratic school during your induction, and attendance at various events or festivals by agreement from the full Board of Trustees.



Before making an application, please refer to the Charity Commission guidance, outlining Trustees' regulatory requirements; duties, qualifications and compliance considerations. Consider whether you qualify to become a Trustee, and whether you wish to take on a role of responsibility in relation to the Phoenix Education Trust's aims, objectives and effective management.

If you decide that you are ready and wish to apply, please submit your CV and a short covering letter explaining:

  • Why you want to be a trustee
  • What you feel you could bring to the post, with reference to this role description

Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Informal interviews will take place with one staff member and at least one other Trustee.

Meanwhile, you are also very welcome to contact our Director, Danny Whitehouse on the email address above, or our Chair if you have any questions before applying: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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