Hamilton Trust is a UK charity working to support inspirational teaching and learning through its website and projects.
Mike O’Regan founded Hamilton in 1988 to support the education of children in the Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill and Barton estates in Oxford - children whose educational potential had long been underestimated. Hamilton aims to enable children from areas of socio-economic disadvantage to create for themselves the life opportunities they deserve through high-quality education and high expectations. Hamilton continues to work closely with primary schools in Oxford and to derive enormous amounts of inspiration for improving educational opportunities from doing so.
Professor Ruth Merttens joined Hamilton in 1996 as Co-director. With Mike, she set up and directed the Hamilton Maths and Reading Projects to boost those subjects in Oxford schools located in areas of significant deprivation.
As word leaked out about Hamilton’s planning materials, demand for them spread, and Hamilton started providing them to teachers in other schools. These formed the basis of Hamilton's original ‘Save teachers’ Sundays!’ website, which enabled a much wider audience to access these plans. Hamilton's website continues to provide high quality, fully adaptable planning and resources to primary school teachers to help them teach robust and engaging lessons.
Hamilton also supports and runs various education projects that provide support to its local community and across the country.