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Our mission is
to support and celebrate leadership
in schools serving disadvantaged students

About Us

We know how challenging it is to be a leader in schools and how important effective leaders are in bringing about better outcomes for students - because great leaders deliver successful schools, and successful schools deliver better behaviour, increased confidence, and improved academic and employability outcomes for their learners.


We have made it our mission to help transform the quality and stability of leadership in schools serving disadvantaged students.


It was our shared purpose and our combined experience of over 60 years in education and business, that inspired us to set up the social enterprise, Inspiration For All and to develop our Inspiring Partnerships programme. We know how effective the programme can be for inspiring and supporting leaders in challenging schools and also the value partnering with business leaders can bring.


Our aim is to work with senior leaders in 1000 challenging schools over 3 years to empower them as leaders, improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged.

Our Impact so far

We have...


  • worked with 56 school leaders in 35 schools across 17 local authorities and 13 Multi Academy Trusts
  • delivered over 400 mentoring hours
  • reached over 40000 learners

100% of school leaders* said…


..their leadership skills had noticeably improved as a result of the programmes - key skills improved: leading change, ability to delegate,creating and implementing strategy, analysis of data, building a coherent team culture across the school and how leaders perceive their ability to present at meetings.

100% of school leaders* value…


..the external perspective brought by the business leader as it brought them a fresh perspective from someone outside of education with extensive knowledge and experience of leadership, with solutions focused feedback who would pose challenging questions which could help shape and guide their thinking.

* of those who have completed our programme so far


Achievement For All, a leading education charity supports us with measuring and evaluating our impact. Find out more **Impact Report.**

Who we are

Paula Kennedy

Paula Kennedy

Co-Founder, Inspiration For All


Paula has 30 years experience of teaching and leadership in schools across London and the south of England. Formally, Paula was a Deputy head in two challenging schools giving her an insight to the demanding but rewarding role of leadership in school. Paula’s experience supports her belief that young people from all backgrounds and of all abilities deserve excellent teaching which comes from well led schools. Becoming involved in the City of London has opened her eyes to the great work that businesses and Livery companies undertake in support of education. This led to the idea of using these links or partnerships to support leaders in schools deliver great outcomes for students.


Paula leads on relationships with schools, supporting the school leaders, and on developing and implementing the programme. Contact Paula at

Sarah Caton

Sarah Caton

Co-Founder, Inspiration For All


Originally a secondary school maths teacher, Sarah then worked in educational publishing businesses for over 20 years. As a senior leader in the business world, Sarah was given extensive leadership training and was a regular mentor on the 30% Club programme designed to encourage more women on boards. In her most recent role she led on defining and measuring impact on learning. Observing teaching in schools around the world, she realised that leadership is the key factor affecting outcomes for learners, something that was backed up by her experience as a Chair of Governors in a London school. This led her to set up the Inspiring Partnerships  programme to nurture leadership capacity and skills.


Sarah leads on relationships with businesses, supporting the business leaders, and working with partners and sponsors. Contact Sarah at