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Tom Arbuthnott

Director of Outreach and Partnership
Eton College (Confirmed)

The Director of Outreach and Partnership is Tom Arbuthnott. He was a King’s Scholar at Eton, before graduating from Exeter College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. After leading a research programme for a foreign policy think tank, he taught at Kings College for the Arts and Technology (Guildford), Park Hall School (Solihull) and George Dixon International School (Birmingham). Moving to King Edward’s School, Birmingham in 2010, he set up a major outreach programme linking to over 200 state-maintained schools, winning the TES Best Independent-State School Partnership award in 2015. He started work at Eton in September 2016. The Director of Outreach and Partnership oversees Eton’s educational partnerships, especially with state-maintained schools. In particular, the links with Holyport College, the London Academy of Excellence, and the local partnership of schools in Windsor, Slough and Heston are very important to the College.

How Can School Partnerships Shape the Future of Education?

  • Examining the principles of cross-sector partnerships, with 88% of ISC schools currently in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools and local communities
  • Setting out the vision for a collaborative school system: how can independent schools facilitate social mobility and increase the number of pupils from under-represented groups progressing to highly selective universities?
  • Exploring how partnerships can encompass teacher training and recruitment, facility sharing and school sponsorship, what are the key practical steps to follow?
  • How can partnerships help develop outstanding teachers in a supporting, enriching environment, well-prepared for their future career?
  • How can partnerships create cost-savings, improve income generation and make the most of school buildings and estates?
  • How can partnerships with state schools support the development of academically successful confident young people, while providing career guidance, learning and sporting opportunities?