Coronavirus and Good Estates Management for Schools and Trusts – webinar

As part of our online CPD offer, Robert Gould, Partner at Barker and Jonathan Coyles, Director at EO Consulting will answer some of your most pressing questions relating to estate management and construction contracts.

The session will look at estates management strategy with a focus on the impact of COVID-19, specifically:

  • What should we be doing with our unoccupied buildings?
  • What safeguarding and security measures should be put in place?
  • Should building works be continuing at my school?
  • How will delays related to Coronavirus affect a building contract?

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.

Operations

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.

Meetings

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.