A not-for-profit membership organisation supporting school improvement

A network for education professionals

VNET Education CIC is a wholly independent, not-for-profit, Community Interest Company dedicated to supporting schools’ self improvement journeys. VNET Education CIC supports schools, academies and MATs across East Anglia and beyond through a vibrant network. We facilitate CPD, training, consultancy, events, conferences, research and longitudinal projects across our community to support education professionals, for the benefit of children and young people.

VNET Education CIC was established in 2017 at the request of school leaders to continue the outstanding work of Better To Best – a school-led approach to improvement which played a crucial part in raising Ofsted grades in Norfolk schools from 59% Good or better in 2013, to 89% Good or better by 2017.

The result is a network of leaders, schools and academies that are all committed to developing further strong ties and joint working, undertaking innovative projects leading to improvements in practice and outcomes, and sharing their experiences and expertise with one another.

There are currently approximately 200 member schools and academies across East Anglia.

Meet the VNET Team

VNET’s Education Director, Sonia Innes and Training and Research Director, Emma Adcock, both experienced ex-headteachers, use intelligence from the network and current evidence based research to lead the support of schools and to create the CPD programme.

All VNET ‘s Senior Associates are experienced ex-School Leaders or Ofsted Inspectors with a wide range of expertise.  Additional support is provided by an excellent team of Change Leaders all working in the system as current Heads, Executive Heads and CEOs.

Meet our Change Leaders

VNET Change Leaders are experts in their field.  All are VNET members and have completed training via the Lambeth Teaching School Alliance.  

The VNET Change Leaders have significant experience as school leaders and in school improvement: Executive Headteachers, CEOs, MAT Directors of Education and Headteachers of schools in challenging areas or circumstances. They are VNET’s ‘on the ground’ consultants and their schools receive income for any time they spend working with other schools on VNET’s behalf.  

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