“To deliver a sustained and significant improvement in pupil’s achievement and progress via a corresponding improvement in the quality of teaching and learning.” HMI Inspector
“Lilac Sky Schools continues to provide effective additional leadership support which is currently focused on improving teaching and pupils’ learning” OFSTED 2013.
“Director of Education, Trevor Averre-Beeson’s leadership is Visionary and Transformational”
“Crucial to the improvement of the school has been the impact of the drive and ambition from the Lilac Sky School team”
“Across the school we now have a crystal clear picture of what “good” and “outstanding” teaching looks and feels like” Tabor Academy, 2013 .
“The Lilac Sky Company has been contracted by the local authority to provide leadership, it is doing this very effectively” OFSTED 2012
During the last 4 years, Lilac Sky Schools has worked with over 70 schools and run 6 of those under contract to their local authorities and governing bodies. Our aim with each school was to sustain genuine improvements in progress and achievement, teaching and learning, pupils' behaviour and overall leadership. The schools we worked with all passed their OFSTED inspections under our leadership and dramatically improved their exam results; they also oversaw rapid improvements in pupils' behaviour, followed by a reduction-to-zero of exclusions.
Trevor has been in education for over 30 years, twenty as Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and latterly as Director of Education.
Originally training as an economist and then as a professional musician, married with 4 children, he became the youngest head in the UK at 35, going on to head up 4 schools in London.
In 2002 Trevor became Headteacher of Islington Green School, a school with a troubled past. Tony Blair controversially refused to send his children there when it failed its Ofsted inspection in 1997. It was also the school where the pupils sang on Pink Floyd’s album, “The Wall”, “We Don’t Need No Education”. Ofsted described Trevor as “Visionary and Transformational” in removing schools from special measures- at times within weeks of taking over.
In 2004, Tony Blair’s former speech writer Peter Hyman joined Islington Green and wrote his book “One Out Of Ten” comparing Trevor’s leadership style favourably with Blair’s. In 2007 Trevor was named, by the Evening Standard, as one of the top 100 ‘Up-and-coming-most-influential-people’ in London and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
In 2008 Trevor founded Lilac Sky Schools with his educational partner Jane Fielding who he met at Islington Green. As Chief Executive of the company he remains hands-on, overseeing Schools and Academies; he undertakes a coaching role in Lilac Sky partner schools; leads training seminars; writes for the TES and The Guardian as well as being a regular commentator for the BBC, ITV, radio and television.
Of the 32 schools Lilac Sky has worked with throughout 2011/2012:
- Nearly 90% saw their 5 A*-C % (including Maths and English) rise since our involvement;
- The quality of teaching (in OFSTED terms) has risen in every school;
- 4 out of these 32 schools were in OFSTED Special Measures and all improved to achieve grades which were “good” and 1 "outstanding;
- The Head at Mount's Bay Academy acknowledged Lilac Sky Schools' teams impact on their Ofsted report
- The Principal at Drapers Academy, (which had its highest ever exam results), credited the Lilac Sky Schools' team as the key driver in bringing about this success and thanked us for our help in achieving such a significant improvement.