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About Us

The PiXL Club

PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a network of thousands of schools across primary, secondary, sixth forms and alternative provisions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We work with schools to help give students of all ages a better future and brighter hope. We do this through working together to share best practice, raise educational standards and develop character in young people. Our aim is to help every leader and teacher we work with to feel valued, loved, encouraged and equipped so that together we can make a difference. We regularly meet together to launch strategies, resources and ideas, as well as to focus on the leadership that makes change possible.

Founded by Sir John Rowling, PiXL emerged from school improvement programme, the London Challenge, in 2004. When government funding for the initiative ceased in 2007, the 50 member schools at that time decided voluntarily to continue with its model of collaboration around leadership and shared resources. PiXL has since grown to become the largest network of schools in England and Wales.

Each of PiXL’s tailored programmes provides a wealth of classroom strategies and resources and brings school leaders and specialists together at regular conferences to share ideas and support.

At these regular meetings, workshops led by subject specialists offer up to date guidance and insight. Departmental leaders at all levels also have access to other high quality training and development opportunities.

It’s not just academic excellence that PiXL supports. In 2014, PiXL launched its character development programme, The Edge, designed to empower students with the attitudes and attributes essential for employability and life and this is now part of the PiXL character agenda. In 2017, PiXL launched the Them and Us project to develop cultures in school and society centred around understanding, kindness, respect and living together without causing harm. This is now integral to our 3Cs approach: currency, character and culture.

PiXL is not political and not driven by sound bites or imprecise, misunderstood schemes. It is driven by a deep moral purpose.

In building a supportive network of committed schools, drawing on experienced and energised subject leaders, and celebrating each other and our students, the impacts have been, and will continue to be, profound.

If you are interested in joining PiXL, we would be delighted to invite you as a guest to our next digital National Conference, where you can gain a better understanding of how PiXL works and the potential benefits for your staff and students.


PiXL is a private limited company by guarantee without share capital with charitable aims. PiXL is governed by its Articles of Association which transfer authority to the Voting Members and Board of Directors. Supporting PiXL’s work in schools is a team of Regional Leaders and PiXL Associates.

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