Prioritising Education

Homes2Inspire have three dedicated Education Engagement Coordinators who are the link between the home, the local authority and the school. They advise on admissions, attend statutory meetings to advocate for our young people and provide career's advice across all homes.

Delivering Qualifications
As a registered Youth Awards Provider, we encourage all our young people to complete the Asdan Accredited Youth Achievement Awards. The awards range from Bronze to Platinum which upon completion, the young person will be credited UCAS points.
Assessing Development
We use the Boxall Profile to track the progress of cognitive development and behavioural traits of our young people. We work with local authorities and schools to identify and implement strategies for development and how we can best support them.

Published on 31 July 2020

Ofsted ranks Homes2Inspire in top ten

Homes2Inspire growth recognised

This month (23 July 2020) Ofsted published data about residential children’s care homes. For the first time Homes2Inspire is ranked in the top 10 largest private and voluntary children’s homes providers, as at March 2020, with 27 homes.


Paul Cook, Managing Director of Homes2Inspire, said: “‘Since the acquisition by Shaw Trust in 2017 Homes2Inspire has successfully grown, opening nine new children’s homes with a further three under development. This has taken the number of children and young people supported by us to 106, in addition to those looked after in our leaving care flats.

Homes2Inspire’s expansion is a result of new contract wins and existing contract growth. Homes2Inspire’s homes are mixed sized housing, including large five and six bedroom homes. However, the direction of travel has been for smaller homes to look after children and young people with very complex needs. Wherever possible this care is provided within their own county boundaries enabling them to receive wraparound services from their local authority.


The continued growth provides opportunities for employment, the promotion and development of staff. Homes2Inspire prides itself on progressing staff with many home managers having started with the organisation as support workers.


Homes2Inspire plans to recruit more than 75 new staff before the end of the year.


Paul Cook, commented: “This work can be extremely challenging and difficult requiring amazing resilience from our staff no more so than during Covid-19 however, it is also extremely rewarding when you make a real difference to children and young people’s lives, becoming a trusted adult for them and support them into adulthood. The recognition that we are now a top ten Ofsted provider and have above average Ofsted Inspection grades, with 85% of our homes rated Good or Outstanding at their most recent inspections, compared to a national average of 80%, is a testament to our dedicated staff and managers.”


​​​​​​​Chris Luck, Shaw Trust Chief Executive, said: “This announcement puts Homes2Inspire at the forefront of residential children’s homes providers and shows the confidence of commissioners in the services we provide when benchmarked against others. This is a real tribute to all the Homes2Inspire staff who all make a significant contribution in providing care for children and young people. At Shaw Trust we believe in the right of everyone to live a decent and dignified life, on a daily basis at Homes2Inspire homes our teams improve life outcomes and social mobility for children when they need us most.”

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Our Education Team
Paul Maginnis - Senior Education Engagement Coordinator

Paul joined Homes2Inspire in June 2016. Prior to joining Homes2Inspire, Paul worked as an employability adviser helping NEET young people into employment, education and training. Paul is a qualified careers adviser has a passion for helping young people fulfil their potential, whether it be academically or vocationally.

Angela Day - Education Engagement Coordinator

Angela has worked in secondary school settings since 2009 working predominately in pastoral management. In this role Angela worked alongside social services, pupil referral units and various alternative provisions. Moving onto a position as Careers and Business Enterprise Coordinator in 2017 Angela qualified as a careers adviser before joining Homes2Inspire in April 2019.

Laura Trow - Education Engagement Coordinator

Laura joined Homes2Inspire in January 2020. Laura has a degree in Youth and Community Development as well as a PGCE in Further Education. Laura has worked with young people for 12 years in different educational settings, including schools, colleges and prisons. Laura’s previous roles have given her experience in pastoral care, IAG and course design and delivery.