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Tummler School – Inspiring Purposeful Changemakers

Tummler School

‘Tummler’ is a Yiddish word for someone who gets a party going. 

And at Grow Social Capital, we think it is a good job description for anyone who wants to make a difference in our communities, partnerships, and organisations.

Think about parties where despite the music playing, no-one is dancing. Eventually, a few get on the dance floor which encourages others to follow. Those first few are Tummlers. But getting the party started is one thing. The capacity of others must be built in order to sustain the party to carry on without them. 

How can you be an effective Tummler and create the party you want to see in your world? One way is to meet and engage with other Tummlers.

Each month our Friday lunchtime Tummler School features a chance to meet someone who is doing something to make our world better. It is a chance to listen, learn and collectively grow from the conversation.

Whether you are active in social purpose, innovation and entrepreneurship, community development, active citizenship or an organisation wanting to increase its social impact – we can all learn by coming together to share insights, ideas and inspirations.

meet this month’s tummler School speaker: Derek Peaple

Meet Derek Peaple, the award-winning former Headteacher, making schools the centre for community changemaking.

How can we turn local schools into engines for transforming their local communities is the focus at this month’s Tummler School online event at 12 noon on Friday March 26th.

Award-winning former headteacher and now community change catalyst Derek Peaple, will be sharing inspiration on how great schools can energise young people and their families can grow together to transform their community.

Described by Ofsted as delivering ‘values driven ambition’ for students and their families, Derek Peaple has now set up his own educational consultancy, The Leading Peaple Company striving to support others to collectively ‘make a difference differently’.

As the Headteacher of Park House School in Newbury, Derek used the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic values to develop a shared, outward facing vision with an innovative curriculum and community education programme, creating a range of learning partnerships that boosted young people’s achievement, leadership, and self-esteem.

His current projects include setting up of a charity, ‘Digitall’ to develop digital learning skills in disadvantaged communities and co-ordinating the national Holiday and Food Programme for more than 75,000 young people across communities in Birmingham.

Derek, a graduate of Oxford University, has previously had twenty years’ experience as a secondary headteacher, culminating in his shortlisting for the Times Educational Supplement National Headteacher of Year Award.
Tummler is a Yiddish word for people who are hired to get a party going, which is how Grow Social Capital regards community changemaking.

Previous Tummler School speakers include Sophie Howe, Wales’s Future Generations Commissioner; Peter Davies, recently retired Chair of WCVA; Alex Hillman a pioneering changemaker from Philadelphia; Julie Lee, the first professional female rugby league referee; Janet Hayward OBE a transformational headteacher; and Pam French, a former British Army Intelligence Officer and community leader.

Tummler School | Ysgol Tummler is sponsored by leading Welsh organisations working for positive social change including Banc Cambria, Doopoll, IndyCube, and Working Word
Derek Peaple

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Our 2021 speakers include:

  • February: Sophie Howe – Wales’ Future Generations Commissioner
  • March: Alex Hillman – author, educator, and community builder -operates Indy Hall, Philly’s oldest coworking space
  • April: Peter Davies – chair of WCVA, the Size of Wales charity and Community Energy Pembrokeshire
  • May: Julie Lee – the first female rugby league referee in Great Britain and Australia. Director of the Common Sense Initiative
  • June: Luke Takeuchi – chief executive, Rhondda Housing Association
  • July: Janet Hayward- Award-winning Barry headteacher
  • October: Pam French – former army intelligence officer and community activist
  • December: Karen Davies – Founder of Purple Shoots
  • February: Delwyn Derrick – Founder of Bellevue Football Club in Wrexham.
  • March: Derek Peaple – Award-winning Former Headteacher.

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