Right to Succeed is a charity with a mission to develop, pilot and scale solutions to educational inequality.

Our Vision

Our vision is that the only barriers to success should be hard work and focus. We therefore aim to eliminate the effects of poverty and system failure upon the achievement of young people, giving every child the Right to Succeed.

Our Approach

Our approach is to bring together best practice educationalists & deliverers, philanthropists, government commissioners, and social investors to:

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One. Develop collaborative solutions to the systemic problems of educational inequality
Two. Pilot these solutions at a size where they can be robustly proven
Three. Scale and replicate the effective solutions until they reach a systemic scale

Projects

Right to Succeed’s first project is to develop a school-led approach to turning around challenged secondary schools in low-income communities.

The project will support schools through a 4 stage change process, during which they will receive access to the evidence based support and resource they require to deliver their turnaround vision. To qualify, schools will be in the lowest quartile for disadvantage (circa 40%+ of pupils eligible for Free School Meals over the last 6 years), hold an OFSTED grade 3 (requires improvement) or grade 4 (inadequate), be achieving a grade C or worse on the best 8 GCSE measure and serve at least 600 pupils. The programme will support schools over 3.5 years to deliver the change, setting in place the structures and processes to for the school to continually improve outcomes through evidence. The first programme will take place in Blackpool from September 2015.

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“Right to Succeed is taking on the ambitious and exciting goal of harnessing and building upon excellent practice within the education sector to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Building on and embedding outstanding practice in our schools holds the key to addressing educational inequality and so I am excited by the potential our partnership holds.” 

Brett Wigdortz, Founder and CEO, Teach First

Our People

Trustees

Dame Joan McVittie – Chair

Dame Joan, Chair of Right to Succeed is currently an Education Consultant. She was awarded a Damehood in honour of her contribution to education in December 2012. Dame Joan has 18 years’ experience as a secondary head in inner city schools in challenging areas, including Woodside High, Haringey, in 2006 which Ofsted rated as outstanding in two successive inspections. In 2011 – 2012, Dame Joan was the President of the Association of School and College Leaders. She was a member of the governing council of the National College for six years, a trustee of the Youth Sports Trust for four years, is still a trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force and is the Lay member on the Heart and Lung Transplant Board for NHS Blood and Transplant.

Dame Joan joined Right to Succeed because she wanted the opportunity to continue to make a difference after her retirement from headship. She believes Right to Succeed is an initiative that can really make a difference to young people in deprived areas.

Anthony Harte

Anthony is Head of Community Engagement, EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML). Anthony oversees the firm’s philanthropic programme and is part of the leadership team for Environment, Social and Governance in the EMEA region. Before joining BofAML, Anthony established the Community Affairs platform at Nomura and prior to this worked within the Philanthropy and Cultural Partnership team at Lehman Brothers.

Anthony is involved with Right to Succeed because he believes it has a real opportunity to tackle educational inequality head on and deliver solutions which can scale, using an evidence-based model.

Bethia McNeil

Bethia is currently Director of the Centre for Youth Impact – a community of youth organisations working together to advance thinking and practice in the use of evidence and impact measurement. Their vision is for all young people to have access to high quality programmes and services that improve their life chances. They believe that meaningful impact measurement practice, embedded at the heart of strong and sustainable organisations, leads to better outcomes for young people.

Bethia is involved with Right to Succeed because she believes inequality is one of the most pernicious features of our education system, saying that ‘it is everyone’s business but no one’s day job and Right to Succeed wants to change that’.

Jo Owen

Jo is a co-founder of eight charities in education and re-offending including Teach First, the largest graduate recruiter in the UK. He is a top author and speaker on leadership: his books have reached over fifty editions globally and include How to Lead, Global Teams and Tribal Business School. He was a partner at Accenture; he started a bank, has been sued for $12 billion and was the best nappy salesman in Birmingham while working for P&G.

Jo believes that education is our future, and that Right to Succeed can shape that future through innovation.

David Sheldon – Treasurer

David is a Director of Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has built finance teams covering derivative and funding products across banking. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

David’s passion for education, knowledge of financial models and appreciation of results based payments led to his commitment to Right to Succeed.

Chris White

Chris is Co-Founder of ZING – a seed funder of early stage organisations focusing on young people realising their potential, often in the transition between education and the workplace. ZING is also passionate about bringing scalable web and mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector.

Chris is involved with Right to Succeed as he is very taken with the systemic, evidence-based approach and the desire to replicate and scale.

Staff

Graeme Duncan – Chief Executive
Gemma Rocyn Jones – Director of Development
Paul O’Neil – Director of Programmes
Beth Matheson – Finance Director

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Join Us

Overcoming a problem as systemic as educational inequality will require a huge collaborative effort. You can help us in 3 ways:

Partner with us.

If you would like to get involved, say hello using our contact form (right) or contact details (below).

Work for us.

Our staff will grow significantly over the coming weeks, months and years. We will list roles here when available.

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