Education and children’s services

Prospect represents nearly 3,000 professionals in education, children’s services, early years, commissioning and children’s social care.

Prospect’s Education and Children’s Services (ECS) group represents nearly 3,000 professionals in the education, children’s services, early help, commissioning and children’s social care field.

They are based throughout GB and NI, and work across a range of sectors serving the interests of children and young people, including the public, private, faith, voluntary and community sectors.

Our members have exclusive access to specialist advice and support on salaries, contracts, conditions of service, workloads, pensions and other work-related issues.

We have a team of full time officers – highly trained specialists with an in-depth knowledge

A meeting of our GEC

of employment law and issues arising from public sector reforms.

Our Group Executive Council (GEC) meets regularly to set policies and priorities and is made of members working across GB & NI in employment and independent consultants.

On a wider level, Prospect proactively lobbies government on key issues related to the work of professionals in education and children’s services.

Self-Employed Professionals

We also have a dedicated online hub for self-employed professionals working in our Education and Children’s Services  sector. Find out more here.

Education Eye Newsletter

We send a digital newsletter with the latest news, information and resources to our members in Education and Children’s Services four times a year. The latest issue is available here: Education Eye, May 2022.

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Who we represent

  • Advisory headteachers
  • Directors and managers of children’s services
  • School improvement and early years advisers
  • Education welfare officers
  • Youth and community service officers
  • Early years professionals
  • 14-19 coordinators
  • Heads of Sure Start
  • Ofsted inspectors
  • Parent partnership staff
  • Self-employed consultants
  • Early help specialists
  • Commissioning staff

News and analysis

4 February 2019
Professor Mick Waters was one of the guest speakers at the Education and Children Services…
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13 November 2018
Prospect’s education and children services group held a professional seminar in…
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24 September 2018
Mark Patton, who sits on Prospect’s Education and Children’s Services Group executive…
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Standards for education and children’s services professionals

We have thoroughly updated and revised key documents defining the standards needed to work in education and children’s services.
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