Platinum Partners

Barker

Effective estate management is central to delivering the best education outcomes.

Barker is one of the country’s leading education property consultants.

Our award-winning team provides a complete range of services from condition surveys to major projects including the redevelopment of entire sites. We maintain a detailed knowledge of funding streams, government policy, education guidelines and initiatives related to the multi-academy trust sector.

“Their bespoke service is personable, thorough and has exceeded our expectations.” – Academies Enterprise Trust

Barker plays a proactive role in assisting schools and trusts to gain funding from any available streams and helps you to manage your property portfolio in the best possible way.

“Barker ensured a fantastic end result and a well-managed project.” – Leigh Academies Trust

Our EO Portal solution has been adopted by many of the country’s leading trusts to help them collate, analyse and report their estates data to enable better decisions.

“EO Portal presents key metrics in simple to understand dashboards. This enables us to make informed decisions that have a positive impact on what we can provide in the classroom.” – Brooke Weston Trust

We are pleased to offer CST members a no-obligation free initial estates and energy review.

Contact Barker to discuss your building, estate, energy or compliance needs.
Web: www.barker-associates.co.uk
Tel: 01279 647111
Email: mail@barker-associates.co.uk


BlueSky

BlueSky is the market-leading online solution supporting leaders and staff with performance management, professional learning, observations, School Self-Evaluation and improvement planning within the education sector.

The universal timing-saving solution gives leaders a detailed picture of staff progress and how what they do helps the school achieve its goals for improving children’s learning.

At the same time, it empowers staff to take charge of their own professional learning by giving them deep insight into the impact of their work.

Details of lesson observations, learning walks, appraisals, assessment against national and bespoke standards and achievements in training and qualifications alongside every other piece of data relevant to performance, can be uploaded directly to the system.

At a glance, with all of the information in front of them, both staff and leaders can see the impact of their activity, and identify needs to address and opportunities for further development. The system can generate reports for bespoke groupings of staff such as teams, departments and roles, so leaders can assess performance from different perspectives very quickly.

For groups of schools and trusts, the Partnership element provides global cross-school reporting and opportunities for collaboration within a trust, and we always ensure a cost-saving for schools purchasing as a trust or group.

  • Multi-award-winning solution

Bett Award 2019 – Leadership and Management Solutions
COBIS 2019 – Supporting Member of the Year Award

  • The only solution of its kind endorsed, approved and recommended by CST (Confederation of School Trusts) and ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders).
  • Support for every employee in an organisation – teachers, support, office and site staff. The unique portable portfolio can be moved from school to school throughout your career.

The most effective way to evaluate BlueSky is to arrange a no-obligation demonstration.

Contact us:
T: 01483 880004
E: info@blueskyeducation.co.uk
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Browne Jacobson

Education matters… and so does the expert legal support you get. So choose an award winning education law firm independently recognised as providing exceptional client service. All of your legal and HR needs can be met by the friendly and responsive education team at Browne Jacobson.

Annual legal support

  • unlimited queries
  • immediate answers
  • specialist lawyers
  • an extension of your team

“We usually need advice urgently and quickcall delivers every time” – Pam Haralambros, St. Christopher’s CE High School

About Browne Jacobson

Browne Jacobson are a national law firm recognised as an award-winning, leading provider of legal and HR services for education organisations. They have a genuine, long-standing pedigree as trusted advisors to the education sector.

Their people are dedicated specialist lawyers and HR consultants who are passionate about education.

Browne Jacobson have an established client base of over 1,300 education-sector organisations including independent and mainstream schools, academies, FE colleges, diocesan boards of education and education charities.

Their clients choose them because of their expertise and exceptional client service and benefit from consistent, commercial and pragmatic advice.

For further information on how they can help you call 0370 270 6000, email education@brownejacobson.com or visit their website.


CJK Associates

CJK Associates are a specialist education consultancy that brings together professionals from the worlds of strategy, education and business.

Applying their deep experience from within the education sector, alongside a wide range of approaches from outside, they help you to rise to the challenges faced by Multi Academy Trust leaders.  Using a selection of workshops, facilitation, benchmarking and surveys they have supported many Trusts in refining:

  • Strategy and culture
  • Organisational design and development
  • Operating model
  • Procurement
  • Digital transformation, and
  • Fund raising activities.

“What I really liked about CJK Associates approach was the mix of rigour, candour and energy” – Rowena Hackwood, CEO David Ross Education Trust

“The trustees approved the recommendations of the report unanimously and the executive team are currently putting in place the project plan to roll these out.  The process was a very inclusive exercise taking account of many different views… We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending CJK associates to others, Chris delivered what he said and carried out the whole exercise in a professional and empathetic manner.”  – Tania Skeaping Jane Dumeresque Chair Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Vice Chair Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

“It was like getting a good ‘Big 4’ consulting experience but at a fraction of the cost.”  – Peter Marples, Chair of Spencer Academy Trust, CEO of education company 3aaa and former KPMG Partner

CJK Associates have conducted research into the top performing Trusts for Ambition School Leadership, and their growing CJK Trust Research Panel of Trust leaders provides them with vital insight about trends in the Academy sector.

If, like them, you are fed up with one-size-fits-all answers to your unique issues, and you want to work with people who are fun, but focused, let them know how they can help.

Web: www.cjkassociates.co

Tel: 07740 923089

Email: info@cjkassociates.co

 


Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank provides specialist banking for the education sector.

We provide services to more academies than any other bank*. We work closely with national associations and the Department for Education to ensure our relationship managers’ sector knowledge is up to date.

Our relationship managers can offer support, guidance and services such as free transactional banking**.

Contact us to about how we can support your banking needs.

Lloyds School Banking

01902 719758 (Lines open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.)

*Relates to December 2010 to January 2016

**Free daily banking applies to state-funded schools only and includes day to day tariff transactions such as cheques, standing orders, cash, UK Sterling direct debits, deposits and withdrawals. All we ask is that you operate your account in credit or within agreed limits. Note that charges for other services may apply.

Calls may be monitored or recorded.

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Navigate NDC is led by a hugely experienced team of specialist recruiters, and has an enviable record of supporting schools and trusts to make excellent senior appointments. Typical roles include Headteachers, Principals, Executive Principals, CEOs and other system leader roles, on both a permanent and interim basis.

Navigate NDC took the stress out of the recruitment process whilst also demonstrating great knowledge and experience” Chief Operating Officer

From my perspective, there was nothing that could have been done any better” Head of HR

We are delighted….it has been a smooth and highly effective partnership that has yielded an excellent final result.” Chair of Governors

Contact David Gooda on 01625 800862 or email david.gooda@navigategroup.co.uk

 


Passageways – OnBoard

The Board Portal purpose built for Education.
OnBoard is a remote meeting solution from the Passageways technology suite. Proven to improve collaboration and governance, it can be used on any device, anywhere, so makes preparing and running meetings easy.

Educational Trusts across the country use OnBoard to manage their meetings, associated materials and workflows. So, whatever leadership team meeting you are preparing for, OnBoard will support you:

  • Remote Meetings, with Integrated Web Conferencing
  • Accessible Across all Platforms
  • Multisite Function
  • Unlimited Storage
  • All Features Available Offline

Your Boards have enough to consider, you shouldn’t need to worry about them having the facilities to effectively lead. OnBoard enables all your meetings to be productive with amasingly intuitive board paper access and trust documents always available at your fingertips.

“Everyone Attends Prepared.” It’s so easy – very intuitive! The most complex Board meetings (with copious amounts of agenda items and papers) can be set-up expediently with ease” – Jacky Sturman Office Manager, City College Norwich.

You need a board and leadership meeting software that’s comprehensive and secure, provides a complete suite of meeting tools enabling agile, smart decisions. That’s why OnBoard is rated five stars across multiple review sites and is Leader of the G2 Crowd Grid for Board Management.

“It is easy to use and is far more secure than the way we distributed Board papers previously. We are also saving a lot of paper! So it is a real step forward.” – Mark Hanley-Browne CEO, Alpha Plus Group.

For more details, please:

Contact Passageways to discuss your trust meeting requirements.

 


Pearson

At Pearson, we believe everyone can make progress in their lives through learning and we recognise that every student has their own unique learning style.

We understand the challenges that you face day-to-day and how important it is to celebrate the successes your students have no matter how small; and that this drives your passion for the role you do.

We want to help you navigate the journey each student will take, whatever their pathway. From curriculum support and progress tracking, to nurturing wellbeing and supporting every student to flourish. We want to make sure you have the support you need so you’re able to be there for every moment.

Let us bring our passion, experience and expertise that you would expect from the world’s learning company to your trust and collaborate with your leadership team to help drive the improvement of the school-led system.

To find out more about what we do, the values we embrace and how we’re helping, teachers, parents and students around the world to achieve their fullest potential, check out this handy guide.

 


PLMR

PLMR delivers communications with impact – we are proud to support the Confederation of School Trusts and are a trusted partner for education organisations across the sector including academy trusts, universities, teacher unions, publishers, exam boards, early years groups and education charities.

We are one of the leading communications agencies in the UK, with offices in London (opposite the Department for Education), in Birmingham, Cambridge, Norwich and Glasgow. Our PR, public affairs and digital consultants are drawn from the highest levels of media and politics. Our team includes former national journalists, MPs, Special Advisers and senior civil servants, backed by a wealth of strategic communications and campaigning experience.

We provide high-quality strategic advice, media relations, reputation management, crisis communications, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, film production, media training, website design, branding and wider digital specialist services to the organisations with whom we work.

PLMR works across all sectors but has a specialist, market-leading education practice – we care hugely about the organisations we are privileged to support, helping them achieve their objective of giving children and young people the best education possible.

To find out more about PLMR, please visit our website or contact our Head of Education, Ollie Lane: oliver.lane@plmr.co.uk.

 



PS Financials

PS Financials are the leaders in providing accounting, purchasing and reporting software in the education sector. Our system has been chosen by over 2,500 education establishments, with 43% of all Open Academies and 57% of all Multi Academy Trusts choosing to use our Financial Management System.

PS Financials integrates with all leading MIS, Payroll, HR and Payment systems. Users of PS Financials are provided with a fully maintained, unrivalled reporting pack that produces the EFA, Statutory, Governor and Management reports on demand.

Read PS Financials White Paper, Checks and Balances, on centralisation versus autonomy in multi-academy trusts.

To find out more on the products and services available at PS financials, or to book a demo, visit our website.

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Renaissance

For over 30 years Renaissance® has been a leading provider of cloud-based assessment technology that is now used by more than 18m students in over 52,000 schools worldwide – including over 1.5m students and almost 6,000 primary and secondary schools across the UK and Ireland.

Renaissance products are supported by more than 450 scientific research studies and independent reviews from organisations such as the Education Endowment Foundation and National Literacy Trust.

Our Star Assessments™ for reading, maths and early learning incorporate learning progressions built by experts at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and provide detailed skill-based feedback on student performance.

The short, computer-adaptive tests provide feedback when it is most valuable – immediately – and bridge assessment and instruction. The reports generated identify not only the skills students know but also the skills they are ready to learn next. Star also reports Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), a new measure of student progress and growth.

Our Accelerated Reader™ (AR) and Accelerated Maths™ (AM) programmes help to enhance literacy and numeracy skills. They support differentiated instruction and personalised practice, motivating students to work towards ambitious but realistic targets.

They are motivational because they provide teachers with immediate feedback to students and their teachers, giving opportunities for praise and for directing future learning. A comprehensive set of reports allow teachers to make monitor and measure growth.

Hailed as a literacy ‘game-changer’ in the US, myON by Renaissance® has been redesigned from the ground up to offer UK and Irish schools unlimited access to enhanced digital content that also aligns to the national curriculum. It complements both Star Reading and AR to not only support the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn – but also encourage reading for pleasure – whilst the myON Projects feature enables collaboration on a curriculum-linked theme or topic.

 

 


RM Education

We make Technology work for your teaching and learning needs.

Just like people, your school’s ICT needs to remain fit, active and well supported in order to maintain a healthy state of performance. When technology works, it is invisible, unlocking more of your valuable time and energy to focus on the teaching and learning issues that matter most.

Put simply, we exist to support the key educational priorities and challenges faced by UK schools via a range of technology solutions designed to specifically solve these problems. We’ve been doing this for over 40 years, by working closely with schools to really get to the root of the problem and understand how we can help.

Our mission is to make technology work for your teaching and learning needs. It’s the thing that drives everything we do.

In light of the DfE’s announcement to support schools and trusts with government-funds to set up on one of two free-to-use digital education platforms – G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education, RM has launched a new web-page that lists some of the questions that you should ask yourselves when selecting your integration partner, and RM are one of a small number of providers that you have the option of choosing to install the platform for you. They have also said they will be happy to help you assess whether you are eligible

Our solutions

We’re 100% focused on supporting UK schools with technology solutions that save money, increase efficiency and help teachers and learners to be more successful.

Our seven core solutions are designed to work together to address the key issues, priorities and challenges facing schools in the UK today. It’s why we are fixated on understanding things like your school’s ambitions, goals and needs whenever we’re in conversation with you and your peers.

  • ICT support for education
  • Networks for education
  • Broadband for education
  • Online safety for education
  • Management Information Systems for education
  • Teaching and learning
  • Hardware and devices

We listen and learn and together we solve educational problems using technology

Over the last year, we asked over 1,000 schools to choose one word to describe education. The results were fascinating.

Crucially, the two words that resonated most were ‘change’ and ‘challenging’. Changes, such as those to the curriculum, examinations and ICT, featured prominently, alongside challenges on your people’s time, the quality of teaching and learning and managing increasingly strained budgets.

That’s where we come in

We aren’t just an ICT partner, we are a whole-school partner. We understand the impact and potential of ICT in education and offer a wealth of expertise to help you develop an ICT strategy that will empower your teachers to provide outstanding lessons and help improve outcomes for the students in your care.

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Stone King CST member benefits

  • Free half hour of legal advice from Stone King LLP and 10% off your first item of paid work by them
  • 10% off Stone King fixed fee legal retainers
  • Free monthly detailed briefing covering all key legal developments in Schools
  • Access to online resources provided by Stone King Solicitors and including:
  • A comprehensive set of policy and procedure tools and templates for schools, both statutory and non-statutory. This resource contains the distilled knowledge and expertise of Stone King’s specialist schools team and it is constantly kept up to date
  • Detailed guidance notes on legal topics such as the duties and powers of an Admission Authority
  • The archive of Stone King legal briefings and news items

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Since 1974, YPO has supplied schools and academies across the UK with a wide range of products and services. We provide everything from classroom supplies, such as pens and paper to furniture, to contracts for electricity, facilities management and food, helping our customers save time and money and to drive efficiency savings. Being 100% publicly owned means all our profits are returned to the public sector, where it’s needed most. We help around 30,000 schools and academies with their purchasing decisions, providing expertise and guidance on anything from ICT solutions, catering equipment, mini-bus hire and HR services, to everyday curriculum products and teaching supplies.