Platinum Partners

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

HR Services

Fixed fee HR support for everyday support and strategic advice

  • unlimited email and telephone support
  • specialist education HR consultants and employment lawyers
  • template policies and contracts included
  • responsive and solution focussed

“Leading national education practice, with significant experience advising on academic issues” – Chambers & Partners 2016

Academy Conversions

A comprehensive fixed fee conversion package…

  • easy-to-read conversion information pack
  • specialist team and conversion manager
  • tailored support that meets your needs

“We wholeheartedly recommend them to schools who are embarking on the academy route” – Neil Bardsley, Head Teacher – St Michael’s Primary

About Browne Jacobson

Browne Jacobson is an award winning law firm offering a unique range of education legal and HR support to schools and academies from its five office network. Approved partners of CST, NGA, ASCL, ISBL, NAHT and currently supporting in excess of 1,000 schools and academies. The team of specialist education lawyers and HR consultants are independently recognised as one of the leading education teams in the country advising on any and all education issues you might face. You can find the immediate, pragmatic and commercial advice you need on a range of education issues including, HR and employmentgovernance and school structuresadmissionsexclusions and safeguarding by talking to Browne Jacobson.

Useful Documents

Roundtable Report – June 2018
Our school system – the way ahead

Newsletters

26.09.2018 – Education newsletter PDF version


Darwin Group Limited

Darwin Group are one of the UK’s leading specialists in the design and construction of new school buildings.  Working solely in education, our whole ethos and approach is tailored to assisting Academies and Multi-Academy Trusts to fund, design and deliver the perfect learning environment for their students.

Our long term and rapidly growing client base stand as testament to the way that Darwin Group supports schools at all stages of their building needs. With a staff of over 100 design and construction specialists, we are able to offer a complete, turn-key service including feasibility, design and planning, and all elements of construction to the point of occupation. We have a strong track record in supporting school applications for government funding; by way of example, we have secured more than £20m for new build schemes for Academies through the ESFA’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) in the last three rounds.

Darwin Group have a vision for the future of construction, which is demonstrated in our tagline “Construction has Evolved”. This is reflected in our commitment to innovation – pushing the boundaries of construction processes beyond conventional stereotypes. Darwin Group provides all the benefits of traditional construction whilst reducing time spent onsite, significantly mitigating disruption to the running of your School and offering a high quality, cost effective solution that significantly reduces professional fees associated with new build projects.

Using the latest construction techniques, Darwin Group can deliver an outstanding facility at an exceptionally affordable cost and within time scales that won’t affect your learning environment.

We are proud to be a CST Platinum Partner and are able to offer CST members a number of exclusive complimentary project appraisal services. Contact us on 01939 252909 to find out how we can assist you with the development of your future building initiatives, whatever the requirements!

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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.

Lloyds Bank news and events

Schools Targeted in Vishing Fraud Impersonation Attacks

Social Engineering – Increasing Fraud Threat by Ian Buss, Head of Education, Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank’s School team warns education establishments to be aware of fraudsters targeting them with ransomware


Pearson

Pearson UK Ltd.  A trusted partner for schools providing educational qualifications and published resources for ages 5-18.

We are the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.

Our products and services are used by millions of teachers and learners around the world every day. Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning — because we believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

Pearson brings the passion, experience and expertise of the world’s learning company to your trust.

We combine extensive curriculum and subject knowledge, assessment expertise, and work with the world’s best educators, to collaborate with your leadership team and help drive improvement of the school-led system.

To learn about what we do, the values we embrace, and how we’re helping teachers, parents, and students around the world achieve more through learning, view 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, 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 media relations, reputation management, crisis communications, public affairs, 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 see our website



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.

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.