Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Lisa Howfield, School Business Leadership Services

Speaker spotlight - Lisa

Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Lisa Howfield, School Business Leadership Services

Next up in our Speaker Spotlight series is Lisa Howfield, CEO of School Business Leadership Services.

What does a strong trust mean to you?
A strong trust works together as one unit to achieve the best outcomes and increased opportunities for all the pupils and staff. Schools retain their identity but gain from the benefits of working collaboratively in all aspects of managing a school by sharing expertise and resources.

Why should people attend this event?
To break away from the demands of a school day for the chance to think strategically and discuss a range of options for your school with like-minded colleagues in a relaxed environment.

What should they expect to learn from you and/or your business?
Support in all aspects of the business management of a school, focusing on the optimal use of resources to ensure stability and growth.

About Lisa Howfield

Lisa is the founder and CEO of School Business Leadership Services (SBLS). As a former School Business Manager and CFO, she understands the challenges facing schools and provides support in the strategic and operational management of finances, HR, procurement, estates, line management and the professional development of support staff.

Catch Lisa Howfield at our free education breakfast webinar on 10th November 2022, 9:30am – 11:30am.

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Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Chris Whitmore, The Schools People

Speaker spotlight - Chris

Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Chris Whitmore, The Schools People

Second up in our Speaker Spotlight series is Chris Whitmore, CEO of The Schools People.

What does a strong trust mean to you?
In the constantly changing education sector, strength means agility; agile leadership which draws together the collective assets of the organisation in service of its goals and communities and draws out the best from each as they mutually develop. It is a strength of combination, of collectivity and of co-creation of educational, organisational and pastoral possibilities.

Why should people attend this event?
To work together with the speakers and other attendees to co-create a new understanding of the possibilities generated by the White Paper and of the agile co-operation with stakeholders and partners old and new to bring those possibilities to fruition for the benefit of the communities we all serve. To meet new colleagues, forge new partnerships and have a laugh along the way.

What should they expect to learn from you and/or your business?
How to navigate the complexities of the HR and employment law field, to separate regulatory and accountability wood from trees and to bring coherence to the strategic people needs of any Trust as it is formed and as it grows.

About Chris Whitmore 

Chris is CEO at The Schools People as well as HR Director in the Schools Advisory Service Group of companies. He is an employment lawyer and HR practitioner, an ILM level 7 qualified Executive and Leadership Coach and a GDPR expert, with a lifelong love of all things industrial relations.

Catch Chris Whitmore at our free education breakfast seminar on 10th November 2022, 9:30am – 12:30pm at Bowcliffe Hall, Leeds.

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Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Marshall, J & G Marshall

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Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Marshall, J & G Marshall

In the lead up to our Talking Trusts Event, our Speaker Spotlight series will introduce you to our panel of experts as well as their area of specialism.

Today, we meet Jeff Marshall of J & G Marshall.

What does a strong trust mean to you?
A strong Trust is one that is centred in doing what’s right for children. It is run by people with the right skill sets and right mindset making the right decisions for the right reasons. It creates something bigger than the sum of the parts and utilises every asset to make children feel safe, valued and able to learn. It recognises and values staff and listens to parents. It does not focus solely on academics and considers all aspects of the Trust – including estates – to gain incremental improvements.

Why should people attend this event?
The recent White Paper has brought academies back into focus and now all schools – and existing Trusts – must take stock of the direction of travel, the options facing us all and the benefits and risks of each. Obtaining quality support and guidance from external agencies will be key to making the right decision for the school or Trust. The people presenting here are enablers in this.

What should they expect to learn from you and/or your business?
The skills and mindset to make the right decisions followed by on the ground support and practical guidance to move forward into the academy world and be supported post conversion. We cover the mechanics of converting to academy status and develop the people who will run it. This joined up approach to strategic and operational will take a lot of the pain away in the journey.

About Jeff Marshall

Jeff is Managing Director of J & G Marshall Ltd and Marshall Professional Development Ltd. He has been a school Governor for 28 years and Chair for 22 at one of the first Primary Schools in the country to become an academy. Jeff has supported over 280 school to academy conversions and has personally undertaken over 100 External Reviews of Governance on Maintained schools and Academy Trusts.

Catch Jeff Marshall at our free education breakfast seminar on 10th November 2022, 9:30am – 12:30pm at Bowcliffe Hall, Leeds.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-trusts-event-tickets-427765396817

Eddisons confirms winning bids to upgrade schools and colleges across the UK as total funding secured tops £100m

Eddisons confirms winning bids to upgrade schools and colleges across the UK as total funding secured tops £100m

Eddisons has secured building improvement funding for schools across the UK, including more than £5m for Yorkshire, £5m for North East and £4.5m for Midlands academies, in the latest round of the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). A specialist in the education sector, Eddisons has now raised over £100m in successful CIF bids since 2016 to enable schools and colleges across the country to improve their estate.

Funding secured by Eddisons in the latest round of schools projects includes £2m for the Odyssey Collaborative Trust, which operates seven primary schools in Derby, following a successful 2020 bid for £2.5m. Odyssey’s Beaufort school will get the second phase of a new roof and new windows, Springfield school with also receive a new roof, while Oakwood junior school is in line for a new fire safety system.

In the North East £500,000 will pay for new boilers and windows at New Silksworth Academy in Sunderland. Projects in Yorkshire include £1m for a new roof at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, which is part of the Collaborative Learning Trust.

An academy trust in south-east London, Chancery Education Trust, was awarded £1.4m to upgrade its school buildings, installing new boilers at Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School in Orpington, a new fire safety system for Pickhurst Academy in Bromley and a new roof at Davidson Primary Academy in Croydon.

The CIF programme is an annual round of bidding under which academy schools and colleges can apply for funding for the upkeep and improvement of their buildings and to fund expansion projects for schools that have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Eddisons’ national building and project consultancy team, which is led from the firm’s Leeds office, and also designs and project manages the delivery of schools’ CIF projects, has grown from a small team to a 30-strong department of project managers, building surveyors and architects, with further hires planned for the coming months as demand for its education services continues to grow.

Building and project consultancy head, Ian Harrington, said:

“We are tremendously proud that this latest funding announcement means we have raised well over £100m of funding in total for our education sector clients since we began working in this area in 2016. The CIF projects really are essential to creating a better learning and work environment for both students and staff at schools and colleges across the UK.”

He added: “The CIF bidding procedure can seem impenetrable and Eddisons expert education team have built up huge knowledge and experience over the years to help deliver successful bids and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Every year the process of submitting a successful CIF bid becomes ever more competitive for schools and we are really pleased to say that we have maintained our position as a key adviser to the education sector, with an excellent success rate for our bids.”

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Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team secures over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding 

 

Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team secures over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding

Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team recently applied for and secured over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding on behalf of a number of Public Sector organisations across the country.

These funds will enable public sector organisations to undertake a feasibility study to determine whether they are eligible to apply for grant funding via the Salix funded Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to install energy efficient and low carbon heat upgrades to their existing mechanical and electrical installations across their estate.

Those organisations who met the criteria have applied for capital funding via Eddisons, and we wish them the best of luck with their applications

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CIF funding announcement means building a great future for schools

CIF funding announcement means building a great future for schools

Schools across the country are welcoming the chance to get their building improvement projects on track for 2021/22.

With the publication of the new Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) guidelines, academies, smaller multi-academy trusts, sixth form colleges and some voluntary-aided schools have the chance to apply for up to £4m of funding.

The monies can be used for specific projects that improve or repair school buildings, expand school premises, or a combination of both.

Eddisons’ Ian Harrington, Partner and National Head of Building Consultancy, said that the opportunity to address urgent buildings’ issues in 2021/22 is not to be missed.

“The new round of CIF funding is a fantastic chance for schools to fund projects that require additional capital above and beyond their normal means,” he commented. “With schools already under pressure to address issues around COVID-19, a successful CIF application could really help boost a school as we work our way through the pandemic.”

Applying for the funding can be complex. Evidence of need must be compelling, and requires independent support, together with detailed costings and a robust options appraisal.

However, as Ian noted, help is at hand.

“With Eddisons’ help, educational establishments have a far better chance of success in gaining CIF funding than they otherwise might,” he said. “Last year Eddisons secured in excess of £45m of funding for primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges across the country. We have an excellent track record and can really make the difference between a successful application and an also-ran.”

Applications for CIF in 2021/22 is expected to be strong. Bids must be submitted by 14th January 2021, although registration must be completed by 10th December 2020 – so if you are interested in giving your academy a great chance of securing funding, contact us below today!

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2020 Schools and Academies Show

2020 Schools and Academies Show

The 2020 Schools and Academies Show, historically taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, has reinvented itself this year as a virtual show. Taking place from 17-20 November the show will be fully online with exhibitors displaying virtual stands and booking online meetings with delegates. All workshops, round tables and keynote speeches will also take place virtually.

Eddisons are proud to be taking part in this inaugural virtual show, having been regular exhibitors in ‘real life’ over previous years. Not only will they be welcoming visitors to their virtual stand and booking in meetings to discuss all things school estates and capital projects, they will also be hosting a round table Q&A session ‘Troubleshooting Multi Academy Trust Estates’  on Thursday 19th November, where delegates can attend and quiz Eddisons’ experts on their own estates issues. Book your place now via the show website.

As there are 4 days of exhibition time this year, there will be plenty of opportunity to connect with the Eddisons team and arrange a conversation, ask questions and generally pick up tips on all aspects of school and trust estates. Talk to Eddisons about:

  • Condition Surveys
  • Funding (CIF, Salix, Decarbonisation and alternative funding options)
  • Insurance Valuations
  • Red Book Valuations (for audit)
  • Architectural Services
  • Estates Planning / PPM
  • SCA Planning

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New win for Newcastle

New win for Newcastle

Our Newcastle Building and Project Consultancy team have won a new commission to manage an external envelope replacement at Acre Rigg, a primary Academy in Peterlee, County Durham.

The academy, built in the early 1950’s, was one of the first CLASP type construction in the UK. Unusually, structural components of the building were recycled World War 2 aircraft hangars.

Eddisons’ B&PC team will oversee the replacement of the existing single glazed, insecure and thermally inefficient glazing and cladding panels. A new thermally efficient, secure and modern curtain walling system will be installed instead.

The £600k capital funded project was made possible through a successful CIF application to the ESFA in December 2019.

Works are due to complete by Easter 2021.

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Getting ready for T-Levels? We can help! T Level Capital Funding

Getting ready for T-Levels? We can help! T Level Capital Funding

Schools and 6th form colleges across the country are preparing to deliver T-Levels – and Eddisons are leading the way by helping to drive their plans forward.

T-Levels were launched by the Government this year. More vocational than traditional A-Level courses, most T-Levels will come on stream from 2021, with the entire suite of courses being available from 2023.

But being a new type of qualification, many schools and colleges need new facilities to deliver them. And it’s here that Eddisons can help – by ensuring TLCF funding applications to build them are successful.

“Because they are so different, schools and colleges require more specialist facilities which up to now they simply didn’t have,” said Ian Harrington, Head of Eddisons’ Building Consultancy. “A successful TLCF application will mean getting the right facilities from the start.”

The firm has many years in preparing schools’ successful Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) applications, with over £41m funding won. The T-Level application is more complex, so Eddisons’ experience is really valuable.

Ian is confident Eddisons will succeed. “We want schools and 6th form colleges to be able to deliver these flagship qualifications successfully, and for that they need the right buildings,” he said. “Eddisons will help get those vital applications through so these building projects can proceed.”

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Going the extra miles!

Eddisons Building & Project Consultancy (B&PC) team have joined with Mind, who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problems. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health within the UK.

In order to give something back this month, Eddisons B&PC team will aiming to walk, run, cycle and even swim 2000 miles collectively during September. The challenge is well underway, with morning walks, lunch time runs, evening cycles and weekend swims all taking place. Team bike rides and endurance walks are also scheduled during the month, in order to achieve their 2000 mile goal.

By raising funds for Mind, this will help get support to people who are struggling with mental health issues during this very challenging time.

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