HEP has been co-designed by schools (Heads and governors) along with officers from the Council and consultancy support from the Education Development Trust. The initiative started in 2016 in response to national policy and changes in funding for LA provided school improvement services, which were due to come to an end. In order to provide robust governance and drive this forward, the School improvement steering group was set up at the outset with Heads and governors invited. This group agreed to set up the Strategic Partnership and Planning Board in April 2017 with Heads and Chairs of Governors elected to represent all phases and types of schools in the borough. This group meets monthly with discussion and decisions minuted. The offer was consulted on at the Heads’ conference in June 2017 and repeatedly at different forums (including Primary Heads, Secondary Heads and Special School Heads). Developments have been communicated to governors regularly and specifically at a dedicated governor briefing and at the Haringey Governors Association. HEP will be owned by all schools that buy in; governance will take place through a Board structure and AGM based on the Articles of Association and rules of membership.
As set out in the brochure, annual membership of HEP has been set at £19 per pupil (FTE) for nursery, special and primary schools, with a cap of £12,500 for larger schools. This works out approximately as follows:

  • 1 FE primary with nursery – £4,978
  • 2 FE primary with nursery – £8,474
  • 3 FE primary with nursery – likely to reach the cap of £12,500 depending on numbers

The cost for secondary schools is £12,500 without a sixth form and £15,000 with a sixth form. It is £7,500 for FE colleges.

It is important to know this is not an additional charge to schools when budgets are tight – this is money back in schools’ pockets compared with the current cost of school improvement services. Up until now that money has been ‘top sliced’ from school budgets before you see it at an average cost of approximately £32 per pupil.

Your school will receive an invoice for membership of HEP. Depending on the financial year for your school (which is different for maintained and academy schools), it is possible to pay at the beginning of the new financial year whether that is April or September.

There are three main reasons HEP will be cheaper than the cost of current services: (i) a cheaper staffing structure (ii) boosting school to school support (iii) reduced overhead costs. HEP has intentionally been designed on a lean structure to minimise the cost to schools

No. The final staffing structure has not been finalised, so it is not possible to provide a definitive answer yet as to who HEP will employ and commission. Whilst we would not want to lose the strengths that have supported so many of our schools to perform so effectively, HEP will not operate exactly as the previous school improvement services did. There is a greater emphasis on developing school to school support, accessing the best possible expertise nationally and a greater degree of choice over a school improvement partner.

No. Consideration has been given to different levels of buy-in (e.g. silver, gold, platinum). However, buying into HEP is not a purely transactional offer and involves signing up to the principles of collaboration and openness which underpin a whole system improvement so all Haringey schools that buy in to HEP continue together towards excellence.

No. This has been a difficult decision, recognising that some schools wish to continue to contribute to their NLC but may not wish to buy in as members of HEP. HEP will not and should not stop schools from creating local networks and partnerships between individual schools. However, collaborative arrangements between schools are at the heart of school improvement and it is difficult to see how a school can access this without also paying into HEP. Budgets for NLCs will also not exist in the same way going forward, though membership of HEP will provide a small ongoing pot of money to support these arrangements.


Yes. Supporting all schools in Haringey to keep improving further will always be the first and most important mission for HEP. However, HEP also provides the opportunity for Haringey schools to support others collaboratively or through traded offers and therefore develop an income through doing so. Schools beyond Haringey might potentially buy-in as ‘associate members’ of HEP, which would strengthen Haringey schools’ ability to engage with, and learn from, a wider range of other schools. Any income derived from schools outside Haringey will help to create revenue which will be reinvested in the strength of the core HEP offer.

2 years. Schools are being asked to buy into HEP for two years initially in order to provide stability for the new organisation. This will be reviewed before membership needs to be renewed.

The HEP Board is made up of directors that have been elected to represent all types and phases of member schools. The role of the Board is to provide support and guidance to HEP senior officers and be responsible for holding the CEO to account in line with the Articles of Association. In order to become a board member, you will need to be either a Headteacher or Chair of Governors at a HEP member school.’ For those interested in becoming a non-executive director, please get in touch with James Page – James.Page@haringeyEducationPartnership.co.uk .

HEP is proposed to be a not for profit company limited by guarantee. That means there are no shares and no profits to distribute. As a member, schools will have greater control over the services that are delivered. Each school gets to vote in the AGM and can put forward their Head or Chair of Governors to be on the Board. An important benefit of this structure is that the liability of any member is limited to a nominal amount (usually set at £10).