The Trust Network Hosted Web Discussion 

‘Back to School September 2020 – The challenges for Estates and Facilities Management’

Thursday 13th August at 13:00 – 14:00

Join The Trust Network and our Platinum Partner Barker for a hosted discussion focusing on returning school buildings to full time use and managing the risk of Covid-19.

This web discussion is an opportunity to virtually discuss with peers and experts experiences of interpretation for key areas of Covid-19 regulatory guidance.  The TTN coordinators along with specialist consultant input from Barker will form a panel to lead a discussion focussing on various areas of building compliance, and estates & facilities management in preparation for reopening in September.

The Trust Network is a nationwide peer support network for school estates managers, supporting schools to implement Good Estates Management.

To register to attend this free session please complete the online Registration Form and you will be contacted with a calendar invitation containing joining details.

On 15 April 2020, the DfE published the School Condition Allocations for larger Trusts, Local Authorities and Voluntary Aided school bodies along with Devolved Formula Capital allocations.

They also published the associated funding calculation methodology for year 2020-21.

Single academy trusts, small multi-academy trusts (MATs), small VA bodies and sixth-form colleges apply to the condition improvement fund (CIF) instead of receiving an SCA. Those eligible for CIF were notified in the autumn and the DfE has recently confirmed that the CIF announcement will be in “May 2020” rather than Easter, as originally expected.

This is positive news at this challenging time and allows Trusts to start planning capital programmes with greater certainty, especially those who have moved onto SCA for the first time. Similarly this also indicates that the DfE funding-authorisation process is still operational which suggests the delayed CIF announcement is likely to be May as promised.

If you have any queries relating to school capital funding or estates management please contact CST’s platinum partner Barker.

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all aspects of our schools. Here Barker, one of our Platinum Partners, answers some of your most pressing questions relating to estate management and construction contracts.

CST Guidance document COVID-19

Barker’s guidance notes for estates and capital projects

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak develops we want to keep you informed on the steps we are taking at Barker to minimise disruption to operations and maintain the wellbeing of our staff and clients.


We are continuing to operate a full service out of our offices in Braintree, London, Cambridge and Birmingham in line with our business continuity plan.

Selected staff in higher risk categories are already working from home and all our staff have the ability to work remotely from home as necessary and have full access to our networks and document management systems.


In response to current guidance we are minimising face-to-face meetings to those essential for operational continuity. All training, networking and other non-essential gatherings have been postponed or moved to tele/video conferencing.

We would request that anyone identified in the higher-risk groups, who has travelled to any areas with high levels of coronavirus outbreaks or has any associated symptoms should not attend meetings. If you are unsure, please call us to discuss possible alternative arrangements.

Live projects

We are assessing every live project/contract and will take steps to minimise risks whilst taking reasonable steps to maintain progress.

Where sites remain operational, and provided it is safe and reasonable to do so, we will continue to visit and monitor progress, manage issues and maintain the flow of information and finances in line with contractual provisions.

Contact us

Please continue to call the direct dial or email the person dealing with your matter, or alternatively our Head Office reception on 01279 647111.

Ongoing developments

Please be reassured that we are taking every reasonable step to continue to provide the highest levels of service

Our current policies and procedures are under constant review and will be updated based on advice from the Government and consultation with our staff, clients and suppliers

If you have any concerns about any aspect of our service or your dealings with us or require any additional support at this time please do not hesitate to contact us.