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Academy magazine is supported by leading organisations who supply goods and services to the academy and free school sector in the UK. We thank them all for their support since we launched the magazine in October 2011. Their backing has helped Academy become the pre-eminent publication serving the UK's academy schools.


Beever and Struthers


Beever and Struthers

Beever and Struthers is an award winning firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Manchester, Blackburn and London. We have been providing accountancy and financial advice to clients for over 100 years and currently rank in the Top 10 firms in the North West.

We have worked in the education sector for over 20 years and have developed unique insights into the specific challenges faced by schools and academies. Our education team works with multi-academy trusts, academies, and independent schools at primary and secondary levels. So, whether you are already an established school or are looking to convert to an academy, our education team provides a full range of accountancy and business advisory services to ensure you meet your regulatory and financial obligations.

We are also an Approved Partner of the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) who recognise the services we offer to schools and academies.

Our services to schools and academies include:

If you would like to discuss our services in more detail please contact Andrew McLaren, Head of Education on 00 44 161 832 4901 or email andy.mclaren@beeverstruthers.co.uk

For further information please visit: http://www.beeverstruthers.co.uk/sectors/academies_services






Formed in 1995, Bellrock's approach is simple- customer-centric, partner-orientated, transparent and flexible. Aligning the estate strategy to organisational strategy for a more effective implementation of key projects such as classroom design, expansion planning, building condition maintenance and compliance management allow the senior leadership team to concentrate on students and curriculum.

The acquisition of the specialist surveying business, Stanley Hicks, has strengthened the support and advice Bellrock delivers during the development phase that creates a clear and consistent service delivery strategy across the estate, laying the foundations for strong governance and control. Bellrock works with multi-academy trusts and individual schools, helping them to leverage the estate to achieve their goals for the communities they serve. Every client is different and our our team takes time to see things from your point of view, delivering a bespoke property and facilities solution for the needs of the school and the trust. We protect your reputation, reduce costs and allow you to concentrate on your core business.

Our team has broad experiences of managing property and facilities in the education sector, with an exceptional understanding of the critical role that the physical environment has on learning. The bedrock of our model is a leading-edge technology platform to centralise and streamline processes and information for quality management, risk mitigation, cost control and compliance certainty. The web-based system also enables more effective communication whether that is reporting queries, tracking progress or creating management reports.

From the fundamentals of keeping your schools legally compliant to a complete property and facilities management solution for building condition maintenance, estate strategy planning, including disposal of surplus land, we'll deliver a tailored service and advice at the right time.

Our team has a broad set of experiences managing facilities in the education sector, with an exceptional understanding of the critical role that the physical environment has on learning. The bedrock of our model is a leading-edge technology platform to centralise and streamline processes and information for quality management, risk mitigation, cost control and compliance certainty. The web-based system also enables more effective communication, whether that is reporting queries or tracking progress on jobs.

From the fundamentals of keeping your schools legally compliant to a complete facilities management solution for planned and preventative maintenance and estate strategy planning, we'll ensure you get the right support at the right time.

For more information please go to www.bellrock.fm



Canopies UK


Canopies UK

Canopies UK is the country’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of high quality canopies.

Established for 25 years, it’s renowned within the education sector, having installed more than 5,000 of its bespoke school canopies and shelters in learning environments across the country.

From providing additional dining space or an extra classroom with The Cantabria, to creating a covered play area with the Connekt, Canopies UK can meet your requirements.

All of Canopies UK’s systems are fit for purpose, with all of its shelters for schools and playgrounds featuring its unique cantilevered design, which allows for free-flowing foot fall and helps eradicate unnecessary accidents.

Such is its expertise, that Canopies UK can even design canopies and shelters to match customers’ existing branding, enabling its installations to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding environment.

Here are just some of the ways in which Canopies UK’s systems are used by the education sector:

Built to the highest standard and in accordance with its site-specific calculations, all of Canopies UK products come with a ten-year guarantee, as standard, and conform to the latest regulations and standards, including BS6399-3 and European EN1991-1-3:2003. They’re also available in affordable payment plans.

Here’s what one our education sector customers has to say about our work: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Canopies UK, particularly the installation team for their hard work.

“Canopies UK’s work is of the highest order, with the team always being punctual, professional and courteous. Nothing was too much trouble for them. It has been a pleasure to have Canopies UK at our school and we would highly recommend them.”

For more information call 01254 777 002 or visit www.canopiesuk.co.uk/education.



Capita I-STEP


Capita i-STEP

Online Governance Training courses, authored by FASNA

Capita i-STEP offers a time-efficient and cost-effective solution for schools to provide professional training and manage compliance through independent e-learning to support induction, refresher training and to develop expertise.  

i-STEP offers governors and school staff up to date, interactive, engaging online courses thus building capacity, whilst school leaders are provided with clear evidence of individuals’ participation and course completion.

A full i-STEP licence offers unlimited access to the following interactive, multi-media courses:

1. Effective Governance

Help governors and governing bodies understand the range of responsibilities and practical aspects of the governing body. The course can benefit new governors and refresh existing governing bodies to work effectively together to successfully govern the school.

2. Developing Outstanding Governance

Building on the Effective Governance course this course is intended for use by the Governing Body as a whole, where individual modules and sections can be used as part of a training programme for the Governing Body over the course of several terms.

3. Safeguarding

Understand how to spot areas of concern, respond appropriately to disclosure of abuse and are up-to-date with current legislation and topical issues, such as radicalisation.

4. Equality and Diversity

Understand the different types of discrimination, how to challenge prejudices and the importance of creating diverse resources to support equality and diversity in the workplace.

5. Health and Safety

Ensure staff have the relevant, practical guidance for their day-to-day role and are aware of the key H&S aspects, including carrying out risk assessments, manual lifting, electrical safety and hygiene.

6. Fire Safety Awareness

Be knowledgeable on the uses and types of fire extinguishers, fire safety signs, how to undertake a fire risk assessment and ensure that sufficient evacuation procedures are in place.

All courses are reviewed and updated every term to ensure they are up to date with legislation and topical issues. They are accessible anytime, anywhere and compatible with all browsers, desktop computers, tablets and ipads.

If you are interested in a demonstration of any of the i-STEP courses please contact the team today on freephone 0800 917 9544 or email i-step@capita.co.uk. To find out more, visit www.capita-istep.co.uk



Capita SIMS


Capita SIMS

Capita SIMS has been helping schools for nearly 30 years. The SIMS management information system is now at the centre of 21,000 schools and academies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and internationally in over 40 countries.

From small primary schools to large academy groups, the award-winning SIMS range provides the tools to help meet the evolving needs of education, drive improvement and raise pupil attainment.

SIMS enables multi-academy trusts and school leaders to make informed decisions and manage their finances effectively. Schools and academies benefit from the tools to support teaching and raise attainment; from tracking progress across the new national curriculum and measuring the success of Pupil Premium spend, to helping them provide comprehensive evidence for inspections.

With budgets being reduced, time and money is even more precious. SIMS provides a cost-effective solution that saves your staff time and helps you manage finances and data across your trust.

To learn more visit www.capita-sims.co.uk or call 0800 170 7005.






Classlist is a free online tool designed for your school community. Put simply, it makes life run more smoothly for parents and PTAs. Whether it’s recruiting new volunteers, sending newsletters or organising fundraising events, Classlist enables secure parent to parent communication. This benefits the entire school, making it easier for PTAs to organise events and raise awareness, saving hassle for both class reps and school admin staff, and boosting parental engagement. What’s more, it’s completely free to use, secure and data protected.

As well connecting the school community, Classlist offers a great range of time-saving features, including:

Each bespoke Classlist site is unique to its registered school and is only accessible to approved users. Parents choose which details they want to share and can securely contact each other about play dates, parties and more. Data Protection Registered and PTA UK approved, Classlist is a simpler, secure alternative to cluttered social media school groups and spreadsheets.

Classlist is already used by thousands of parents across the UK. Making parent life easier. Set up your school now! Find out more at www.classlist.com, contact us at support@classlist.com or get some great tips and subscribe to our blog at http://blog.classlist.com/.



Drums for Schools


Drums for Schools

Andy Gleadhill's new Percussion Buddies book makes music budgets go twice as far

Nottingham - April 2016 In his latest book, Andy Gleadhill, author of the highly acclaimed series of "World Class" music teaching guides, introduces a new approach that enables schools to deliver really effective whole class instrumental teaching even if resources are limited and there aren't enough main instruments to go round.

Regardless of the instrument or musical style that is being taught, Percussion Buddies helps teachers to engage and involve all of the pupils all of the time. Whether it's African Drumming, Steel Pans, Ukuleles, Singing, Recorders, Woodwind, Brass or Strings in any musical style, the approach lets every pupil to participate fully and meaningfully throughout each lesson and at the same time learn ensemble playing skills, basic notation and all the elements of music.

Andy Gleadhill writes: "The inspiration for writing this book came from listening to head-teachers, teachers and music tutors who were frustrated because the funding available to them didn't allow them to resource their whole class instrumental teaching properly, leaving some pupils uninvolved - and frustrated - on the side lines. The method presented here is designed to make sure that all pupils are actively engaged throughout each lesson. It also ensures that everyone can learn the main instrument, as well as other essential musical skills and it also allows schools' limited funding to go twice as far. All of this by using a set of low cost class percussion."

Andy shows how to implement the Percussion Buddies approach in the classroom, providing examples of patterns and rhythms that percussion buddies can perform along with whatever main instruments is being taught and showing how each percussion instrument should be played. The dozens of embedded QRlinks to online video and audio examples make this the most accessible and easy to follow music teaching guide yet. Like all of Andy's books, "Percussion Buddies" is suitable for both music teachers and for class teachers as no prior experience is assumed - not even the ability to read music.

Available from 18th April from www.drumsforschools.co.uk, all good bookstores and
online retailer, Amazon. Price £15.



Ecocleen Services Ltd


Ecocleen Services Ltd

We are helping schools to maintain a smart, green and clean working environment. We have customers large and small across the UK and our heritage dates back to 1994 when environmentally friendly cleaning was something unique and mystical.

Ecocleen Services is the largest Day Care cleaning provider. At Ecocleen we understand just how important a clean school is to you, your pupils, teachers, parents and Ofsted. After all, a clean and hygienic school creates the right environment for enjoyable learning.

We use innovative alternatives that are safe to humans and the environment; we deliver your required standard without the use of chemicals so there are no safeguarding issues.

Give your school a way to measure cleanliness, protect student and staff health and improve academic performance. We have a completely transparent TUPE process including Local Authority Pensions, all our staff are enhanced DBS checked and we have a solid management structure that ensures you receive a high cleaning standard with monthly audits.

Further information:

W: www.ecocleenforschools.co.uk
E: schools@ecocleen.co.uk
T: 0330 122 6025



Education Estates


Education Estates 1-2 November, Manchester Central

Exhibition - Conference - Awards Dinner

Join your peers at the UK’s leading Education Buildings Exhibition & Conference Whether you are involved in adding new buildings, considering refurbishing existing buildings or carrying out ongoing maintenance work, Education Estates is here to help you source the information, solutions, and ideas that you need.

Education Estates is a truly unique event that brings education professionals together from the primary, secondary, further, and higher education sectors (essentially the education sector under one roof for two days).

“The Education Funding Agency is fully supportive of Education Estates. This is a key industry event for the sector which provides best practice, the sharing of ideas, and a platform for discussion and debate. A key focus for 2017 is the drive for greater efficiency and better asset management.”

Mike Green, Director of Capital for Education Funding Agency, and newly appointed Director of Commercial for the Department for Education

The Conference features specialist content streams for Schools, Asset Management & Maintenance and Colleges & Universities. Lively and authoritative, it’s THE professional gathering for everyone concerned with education’s built environment.

Those responsible for designing, building, maintaining and funding our schools, academies, colleges and universities face huge challenges. But wherever they are in the project lifecycle, they’ll find the solutions at Education Estates 2017.

For further information about the event and to register go to www.educationestates.com

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester, 1-2 November, Manchester Central.





Ensors Chartered Accountants

Established over a century ago, Ensors is one of East Anglia’s leading firms of independent chartered accountants and business advisors.  Combining expertise and professionalism with a friendly, straightforward approach, the team at Ensors provide a comprehensive range of services for academies and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) – helping to deliver financial peace of mind.

With extensive experience of working in the education and charity sectors, the Ensors’ Academy team offer a comprehensive range of services.  From initial due diligence to guidance on setting up financial control systems, statutory reporting to support with day-to-day procedures such as payroll, we will tailor a package to meet your needs exactly and deliver those services in a friendly, supportive and down-to-earth manner.  We will also, if required, attend Governors’meetings to talk through the audit report and provide governance training to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Whether you are considering academy status, looking to change advisors or a Multi Academy Trust looking to add new schools, talk to Ensors where you will be more than just a number.

“We decided to appoint Ensors as our auditors when we converted to Academy status in February 2012 as they seemed most in tune with our way of working. Since then we have been extremely happy with our decision. They provide excellent, common sense and easy to follow advice and are very responsive.”

Debbie Rattle - St Alban’s Catholic High School

For more information please visit our website www.ensors.co.uk/academies/ or speak to Helen Rumsey on 01473 220012 or email helen.rumsey@ensors.co.uk



Faria Systems


Faria Systems

Faria Systems provides integrated systems to enhance efficiency in international education. Faria Systems is the world's leading provider of software to IB world schools, and offers a fully integrated school management suite: ManageBac for planning, assessment and reporting, OpenApply for admissions & enrollment, and iSAMS, our integration partner, for international school information management. ManageBac, OpenApply and iSAMS provide an integrated cloud-based solution for international schools with a robust core management system linked with two-way data synchronisation and LaunchPad Single-Sing-On. Faria Systems currently serves more than 1,900 leading IB world schools in over 120 countries.

ManageBac is the leading online learning platform for IB world schools and the trusted choice in over 1,900 IB schools worldwide. ManageBac provides coordinators, teachers, students and parents with a more efficient alternative to paper forms, Word documents on shared drives and Excel spreadsheets. It is designed as a turnkey system to support effective implementation and management of the IB programmes. http://managebac.com/

iSAMS is the first management system for schools that is entirely browser-based. Its clever design creates a single database through a suite of portals, to bring together the whole school community. Perfect for everyone involved with the school — from data administrators and staff, to pupils and parents — iSAMS makes all tasks easier. http://www.isams.co.uk/

OpenApply is designed for the modern admissions office. OpenApply helps to streamline and organise your admissions process by eliminating paperwork, improving organisation and providing real-time insight into your applicant pool. It simplifies the admissions process for applicants & families from enquiry to enrolment. http://openapply.com/



Farrer Barnes


Farrer Barnes

Academy Senior Leadership – Reassurance is yours for the taking.

Starting back in 2002, we have seen schools converting at a rapid rate to sponsored academies, with a rise to 203 by May 2010.  By April 2011, the number of academies had increased to 629, August 2012 they had reached 1070 and by November 2013, it stood at 3,444.

With these numbers growing daily, there has been an increased pressure to ensure full compliance and while academies are responsible for their own financial management, they are subject to public standards of accountability. The Department for Education, rather than the Charity Commission, is the principal regulator of academies and is responsible for overseeing their compliance with the financial accountability framework and with charity law.

With these changes Farrer Barnes has been at the forefront, providing support to these converting schools as leaders within finance/accountancy /HR recruitment arena.  Their dedicated Education Desk puts you straight in touch with the best non-teaching staff there is, on a national basis, with these newly required technical skills.

The complexities of converting to an academy are great enough, so Farrer Barnes are able to provide the reassurance, expertise, time, resources and know how to take the burden of finding exceptional non-teaching staff, off your hands.

Farrer Barnes hold the IAAS Quality Mark with pride

Supported by the Independent Academies Association (IAA) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the IAAS Quality Mark has been created in recognition of educations requirement to buy from a safe source. As local authorities offer less support and services to schools and academies break away from local authority control, SMT’s and Business Managers have raised concerns relating to suppliers and their ability to supply suitable services to education.

For more details on our tailored and professional service, please call Sarah Ottley, Head of Education, on 01227 863900 or email her at sarah.ottley@farrer-barnes.com and please feel free to visit us at http://www.farrer-barnes.com/educationfinance



Fire Door Safety Shop


Fire Door Safety Shop

Fire Door Safety Shop is an online supplier of the innovative, Agrippa fire door safety products. A wire-free way of protecting a building and its inhabitants from the threat of fire and smoke.

Perfect for schools and colleges, all of the products on the website are acoustically activated, wire free and battery operated so there is minimum disruption during installation.

This acoustically activated technology enables the products to listen and learn the sound of a specific fire alarm, rather than simply a loud noise, providing accuracy and eliminating false activations in busy environments where loud noises are part of everyday life. It allows fire doors to remain open for access and ventilation, whilst ensuring that the doors do close in the event of a fire.

Fire Door Safety Shop products are manufactured in the UK by Geofire, whose engineers have designed the most advanced acoustic technology of its kind in the industry.

Full video installation guides and further information can be found on the product pages of the website. The products can all be fitted by those who are competent at DIY, no electrical knowledge is required.



Ford Risk Management


Ford Risk Management

Ford Risk Management was established in 2003 and has helped a number of academies develop sensible, robust and lasting risk management solutions. Our founding principles remain true to this day:

We have a wealth of experience working in partnership with educational establishments, including the challenges they face. Challenges such as:

Working with key personnel at your academy, our Risk Managers assist you to develop robust, effective yet simple risk management solutions. Our aim is to build, promote and maintain a positive risk culture throughout your school.

Through coaching and mentoring we aim to build confidence and competence to help:

Our team of risk managers who draw on a wealth of experience including industry, enforcement, consultancy and training. Using this knowledge, we are able to benchmark quality, learn from others and raise standards without having to start from first principles each and every time.

Whether you are looking for ongoing support and advice, or assistance with a ‘one off’ project, Ford Risk Management can offer your academy a unique and holistic risk management solution. From face-to-face consultancy services to our accredited online courses, our unique service offering provides academies with all the resources to manage their specific risks that go beyond the confines of just health and safety.

Please visit us on our website at www.fordriskmanagement.co.uk for more information or call us today on 0800 1244 757






Canopies, walkways and inspiring buildings designed around you

Fordingbridge design and build inspiring canopies and walkways forming the ideal solution for maximising your education environment.

The experience gained over 50 years has provided the in-house team with expertise and understanding to deliver projects with cost certainty coupled with durable and proven resolutions for outdoor learning, dining and social areas.

Working directly with Academies, we offer complete flexibility aligned to your Academy’s needs with bespoke and standard solutions, while offering a turn-key solution whereby we complete every stage of the project from briefing to handing back your premises in perfect condition. For inspiration, please take a look at our education case studies here.

“Excellent service as always!! The contractors were polite, helpful and the work was carried out to an excellent standard. The canopy is being used to its full potential and much appreciated.” Tangmere Academy - Debbie Shawcross

Contact us today to arrange a FREE site survey

01243 55 44 55 | info@fordingbridge.co.uk | www.fordingbridge.co.uk






GCSEPod uniquely drives GCSE/IGCSE students’ progress, improves attainment, helps teachers to intervene intelligently and saves time. GCSEPod is a versatile product that can be learner-led or integrated with classroom teaching that provides over 4,500 quality assured videos (called ‘Pods’). These cover the subject knowledge of 20+ subjects in concise mini-lessons for all UK and International GCSE examination boards.

GCSEPod content sits on an intuitive, flexible platform where exam board filtering ensures only relevant materials are displayed to the users. The platform and content is device-agnostic and available in the classroom, at home, or travelling for both students and teachers.
Students love it because learning is delivered in a style that is familiar and meets the needs of the ‘You Tube generation’ who expect content on demand.

Teachers benefit from a significant reduction in workload; pods are weaved in to SOWs, to flip lessons or used as homework, questions from a 30,000+ strong question bank can create assignments and Boost Playlists fill students’ knowledge gaps by automated intervention. This reduces teacher workload, allowing them to focus their time on interventions that really matter.

Senior Leaders have the confidence that high quality, independent learning is continuing out of school and can monitor and intervene with ease. With the ability to create bespoke reports - for individual students and even whole MATs - leaders can track usage and cross reference to attainment data.

GCSEPod’s breadth of coverage is unparalleled and its unique ‘Pods’ make it incredibly flexible for teaching purposes. 3-5 minutes is the perfect length to hold the listener’s attention, and though schools often predict their high users will be those that are highly motivated, this is often not the case. Regularly, schools are surprised to find that their highest users are the most disengaged or hard to reach students. This is one reason why GCSEPod is becoming increasingly popular in alternative education settings, including Virtual and Hospital Schools, and with SEND facilities.




International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)


International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) has been designed to meet the very specific learning and developmental needs of 11-14 year olds. It provides independence and interdependence in students’ learning through discrete subject learning and themes. It encourages learning that helps teenagers to make connections between the subjects they study and their own lives, involves active skills-based learning, and promotes self-reflection and the opportunity for students to make sense of their learning through current media platforms.

The IMYC provides an enriching and rigorous learning experience that is practical for schools to deliver and inspiring and relevant for students, preparing them well for the next stage in their learning.

The IMYC’s unique learning process, which is based on research principles, connects subject learning in a way that is suited specifically to the maturing adolescent brain. It also creates opportunities for teachers to collaborate and communicate across different subject areas. This creates a learning environment that helps students to become confident, independent learners, providing the necessary academic rigour to prepare them well for qualifications such as the GCSE or IGCSE, A levels and IB Diploma.

IMYC member schools and students are part of a worldwide IMYC community through which they share learning experiences, ideas and resources.

The IMYC is part of Fieldwork Education which, since 1984, has been helping schools around the world develop children’s learning. www.greatlearning.com/imyc





Education Supplies

Established in 1930, KCS is the UK’s leading supplier of education and office supplies, furniture, specialist professional services and frameworks. We’re the trusted partner to our thousands of customers, offering better value every day through our consistently low pricing and exceptional customer service.

We’re a single-source provider and are experts in our field, with everything we do designed with the customer in mind:

We’re dedicated to delivering a fantastic customer experience across everything we do; trust KCS to make your job quicker and easier.

Find out more today. Visit our new website www.kcs4education.co.uk or call us free on 0808 281 9440 to speak to our sales office.



Leicestershire Traded Services


Leicestershire Traded Services

We offer a range of Services to schools and academies, tailored specifically to meet the needs of your establishment including:
• Catering
• Property, facilities management and Print
• Educational activities, conferencing and leisure
• Business advisory services
…Plus many more.

We have over 30 years of experience in the education sector and are on hand to discuss and plan your requirements as well as offering advice, support and training.

Our services are delivered by experts, who care passionately about what they do and achieve job satisfaction by securing the best possible outcomes through a full understanding of your school and academy.

We will assist you finding innovative solutions which in turn help you to maintain and raise standards.
As part of Leicestershire County Council – you can rely on the quality of our services, our people and our values to deliver.
Trading is important to us – and we run our business alongside our public services. With reducing grant from the government, this helps to make public services in Leicestershire more sustainable for the future.

Find out more about Leicestershire Traded Services by visiting our website or contact us to find out how we can help you by arranging a no obligation meeting or call to discuss your requirements in details.

Visit: www.leicestershiretradedservices.org.uk
Email: tradedservices@leics.gov.uk  
Phone: 0116 232 3232
Twitter @LeicsTraded
LinkedIn/Leicestershire Traded Services





Living Streets

We are Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

We want to create a walking nation where walking to school every day is the norm rather than the exception, and children do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.

A generation ago 70% of us walked to school, now that figure is less than 50%. Together we’ve got the means to change this decline.

Our groundbreaking Walk once a Week scheme (WoW) has been going strong for 20 years and last year we inspired over 1 million children in 4000 schools across the UK to walk to school.

When walking levels increase, problems such as congestion, pollution, childhood obesity, inactivity and road incidents decrease.

Let’s work together to redefine a generation’s notion of transport. Let’s get children walking
to school. Together we can make a real, lasting difference to our children, our local environment and our wider community.

Walk to school with Living Streets. A simple way to improve your pupils’ wellbeing.

4th Floor, Universal House 
London, E1 7SA 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7456 9794
Email: info@livingstreets.org.uk 



The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)


The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)

LIYSF is a two week residential summer event held at Imperial College London, with lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class laboratories and universities.

LIYSF attracts over 400 of the world's leading young scientists aged 17-21 years old from more than 60 participating countries. There is an active social calendar with events designed to enable those from around the world to learn about different cultures. The scope of LIYSF extends further than broadening scientific understanding to engage students in education on other cultures and develop lasting, international friendships.

More information at www.liysf.org.uk


Made 4 Play


Made 4 Play

We are a family run company that offers a complete service to create innovative and stimulating outdoor play and learning environments. For us at Made 4 Play we want to create environments that encourage children to make the most of their play time.

• We design
• We supply
• We install

Having a stimulating play time will improve children’s behavior by increasing social skills, motor development and general fitness.

We have a strong team of playground fitters with a wide range of skills. So, whatever your needs are we will have the right people for the job.

We pride ourselves in providing a range of services from bespoke playground & play equipment to off-the-shelf products and various types of surfacing.

But don’t worry if you can’t find what you want in our range our specialist teams can custom make anything that you desire.

If you can dream it, we can create it!

We offer a free site visit to understand your requirements and will advise and guide you with how best to use the space within the Safety Standards. We will then provide a no-obligation quote to provide the items and install for you.

Please feel free to get in contact with us and let us help you.

Thank you Made 4 Play for installing another great play feature with surfacing works at our nurseries. Your professional manner and affordable pricing is what will keep me using you for more of our upcoming projects”.

Darren Albury
Facilities/Project Manager
Yellow Dot Nursery

For more information contact us on:

t: 0800 193 0116 | e: enquiries@made4play.co.uk | w: www.made4play.co.uk

Follow us on www.twitter.com/made4playuk | www.facebook.com/made4play



The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)


Manor House & Ashbury Hotels

Located on the foothills of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, we are a sport and craft hotel complex like no other. With unrivalled indoor and outdoor facilities we are the ideal place for your next activity holiday. We aim to provide a wonderful opportunity for children to experience new challenges, whilst learning valuable life skills, gaining confidence and most of all having a fun packed, active holiday that they'll never forget. 

We offer a magnificent craft centre, an exceptional range of indoor sports and leisure facilities, a varied range of outdoor sports, not to mention a myriad of possibilities off-site including guided walks on Dartmoor.

Our dedicated schools co-ordinator and activities team are here for you. Just let us know which activities you'd like to take part in and we'll put together a bespoke programme for your group, meeting all of your needs.

PLUS once you arrive our fully trained activity staff will run all of your sessions, giving you more time to enjoy the activities and create fantastic memories that your group will never forget. 

What we include in the price of your break:

• Full board en-suite accommodation
• 3 Daily Meals - Buffet style breakfast and lunch + four course dinners
• Sport & leisure - Choose from 50 activities a week
• Expert tuition in 17 crafts
• Fun house, Games Zone, Pedal Karts and Waterslide Complex
• Evening entertainment
… and much, much more!

Many schools return year after year as they find it helps students build their confidence, develop teambuilding skills, experience an array of activities and have a great time! Plus for school groups of 20 or more staff and children, we offer a generous 12.5% discount off the tariff price with additional discounted rates for all children. This means that for children under 16, 4nts midweek in June 2017 is just £186pp!

URL: sportscraftandgolfhotels.co.uk
Email: reception@manorhousehotel.co.uk
Telephone: 0800 781 9631






Get organised, get Medpac!

Medpacs are practical bags which have been specially designed for storing and carrying medicines safely and securely and come complete with a Photo ID Card for easy identification in any situation, and a Treatment Card to write all essential information required to quickly administer the medicine and potentially save lives!

The bags which come in two sizes are ideal for asthma inhalers and spacers, adrenaline auto-injectors Jext®, Epi-Pen® and Emirade®, epilepsy and diabetic medication, allergy medicine and more.

The Medpac is not only very portable but sturdy, secure and lightweight so ideal for use in school and on school trips & residentials, also the bright orange colour of the Medpac allows for easy spotting in the bottom of a school bag. 

The photo ID card ensures the correct medicine is used for the correct child every time, even when in the care of teachers and coaches who may not know them well. This external ID card also has the option for displaying medication expiry dates which can be time saving for school staff.

Each Medpac also has a Treatment Card, on which you can detail the condition, exact dosage of medication required and also all emergency contact numbers, ensuring all the necessary information is to hand to administer the medication as quickly as possible, saving valuable time in an emergency such as an asthma attack, seizure or allergic reaction.

Medpac has many uses inside the school setting including easy storage in a school medical room and protection of medicines if many are kept together. We have a selection of sizes and an option of insulation, so whatever the medicine– we’ve got it covered.

There is no minimum order value and we are happy to invoice schools, we also offer a 5% discount on orders over £200.

Please visit us at www.medpac.co.uk and take a look at our products and testimonials, it really could be a life saver….



Myriad Plant Room Services


Myriad Plant Room Services

You can rely on Myriad Plant Room Services to care for your biomass heating system. With an unrivalled network of specialist engineers across the UK, backed up by our in-house technical support team we are fully equipped to manage a wide range of biomass boilers and heating system technologies.

We offer a comprehensive range of tailored service contracts and maintenance packages to suit a variety of heating systems and plantroom equipment - from a single boiler through to a national FM contract. Each of our service contracts can be tailored to meet your specific needs with additional bolt-on options available.

Myriad Plant Room Services has the capability to manage, maintain and optimise all equipment within your plantroom to ensure your systems remain reliable and you achieve the fuel savings you were forecast and the financial returns you expected. We support numerous gas, biomass and LPG heating technologies and can also support advanced energy systems such as ORC and CHP.

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, Myriad Plant Room Services can also arrange biomass fuel supply. This is sourced and selected for quality by Myriad from our network of regional suppliers and provided as part of a comprehensive package.

We’ve also recently launched the UK's only income protection cover so you can be assured of your Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. This unique product has been developed and bought together in partnership with insurance brokers Aston Scott. Available to all customers that take out a 5 star service contract the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Protection Cover guarantees that you continue to receive payments from the RHI following major failure of your biomass boiler due to equipment damage, fault or operator error.

Working directly with end users and in partnership with energy installer and facilities maintenance providers we’re proud to say that over 450 organisations now trust us with their plant room.
If you’d like us to support you - call 0203 3897170 or visit www.myriadservice.co.uk to find out more.




Optimus Education


Optimus Education

Part of the Prospects Group, Optimus Education is a leading provider of professional development support and school improvement services for schools, academies and other educational institutions. Since 1997 we have been helping primary and secondary school leadership teams to manage staff development efficiently and effectively, stay compliant and drive whole school improvement.

We offer an extensive range of high quality educational support services across all Key Stages, including curriculum development, school improvement, training, conferences, and educational resources.

Through providing a range of high-quality, practical content and resources, training and expert advice, we aim to ensure all school and academy leaders feel equipped to do their jobs better and therefore contribute more meaningfully towards improved outcomes for pupils.

The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. Prospects transforms lives and communities through our innovation and expertise in employment, skills, care and education. 

For over 20 years we have combined business excellence and public service values to inspire more than half a million young people and adults across the UK every year to develop their potential.

Our 1,500 employees aren’t just our greatest asset – they own the company. Prospects people go the extra mile to deliver exceptional services and outcomes.

Find out more at:

Website: www.oego.co/Optimus - www.prospects.co.uk

Email: customer.services@optimus-education.com

Call: 0845 450 6404


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Pelican Procurement Services


Pelican Procurement Services


About Pelican

Pelican is a market-leading procurement specialist delivering bespoke professional procurement solutions and management systems. Our service is self-financing and our award winning management systems are available on a no-cost basis to Pelican customers.


Enhance your catering operation

Our procurement team have industry expertise and are qualified to “Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply” (CIPS) standards; they have the right knowledge, expertise and skills to support a wide range of complex, often multi-site operations ensuring that you:

Increase financial efficiencies and accuracy

Our award-winning cloud-based procurement system, Pi, will help you significantly cut down time spent on back-office administration and achieve total budget control with full transparency over your organisation. Pi provides a number of advanced automated procurement tools, including:


Carmel Education Trust

Vale Academy Trust

Tudor Grange Academies Trust

Greenshaw Learning Trust

Group of Academies in Slough

Contact us

Email: info@pelicanprocurement.co.uk

Tel: 01252 705222

Web: www.pelicanprocurement.co.uk - www.pelicanpi.co.uk

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/pelican-procurement-services


Phonic Books Ltd


Phonic Books Ltd

Phonic Books Ltd is a specialist publisher of phonic books for children learning to read.  The three founders are Special Needs and Dyslexia-trained teachers who are passionate about getting all children reading.  They have used their expertise to create high-effective decodable books that engage and motivate pupils while building up their reading skills.

The books combine step-by-step phonic progression with imaginative stories and colourful illustrations.  The text is controlled, and introduces more spellings in a gradual way.  This enables the reader to read independently at every stage.  It also offers practice of reading skills and develops confidence.  By learning to decode, children can successfully access other books and so spark an enthusiasm for reading!

Phonic Books Ltd has a delightful range of books for beginner readers: Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers are aimed at Key Stage 1.  In the very first levels (units 1-20) there are multiple books at each stage so that children can practise reading words with the target spellings, until they become confident. The creators of the series have made a point of writing short stories so that the reader can complete reading each story within one sitting.  There are also reading games at the back of each book to help revise and consolidate the learning that has taken place.

Phonic Books has also published a range of fantastic quest series for older, catch up readers aged 8-14.  Using the motivating quest genre, struggling reading are able to go back to the beginning and build solid phonic foundations which are essential for all readers. There are also two series aimed at girls, which follow the exciting, empowering adventures of a strong, female heroine.

Comprehensive workbooks complement each of the series, which include reading, spelling and comprehension activities, ideal for children who need extra support. 







Aligning Technology with Your Academy Trust Strategy

When deciding on an effective investment in education technology, it’s much more than simply agreeing the technical specification and negotiating the right price. In order to meet the strategic objectives of your Academy Trust and to fully support teaching and learning, technology must be aligned with pedagogy. At Promethean we understand the importance of future proofing your Academy Trust’s investment in education technology and have therefore designed classroom technologies that safeguard your investment while meeting the needs of teachers and students.

Promethean’s ActivPanel is optimised for all educational settings. The ActivPanel simultaneously enables up to ten unique touches allowing for whole-class, individual, one-to-one, and small-team learning. The ActivGlide™ surface, constructed from extremely durable glass, provides a smooth and seamless user experience whilst also eliminating the risk of finger burn from prolonged use. In addition, supplied as standard is ActivInspire Professional Edition, Promethean’s award-winning software providing teachers with the tools they need to create interactive lessons.

Available in four sizes, 55”, 65”, 75” and 84” 4K interactive displays, the ActivPanel is designed to meet the needs of every classroom by enhancing the classroom viewing experience and interaction amongst students. Available as a fixed wall mount or with a mobile stand, there is an ActivPanel solution to suit virtually any teaching environment.

At Promethean we fully understand the challenge Academy Trust’s face, therefore we have a dedicated Academy Trust team who is able to provide guidance and support on the design and implementation of classroom technologies that will meet the needs of your school. Our team is able to support you through evaluating existing and disparate estates, undertaking a new build programme or upgrading legacy technology.

Further information on the Promethean Academy Trust team and the ActivPanel is available from www.PrometheanWorld.com.



Red Kite


Red Kite

The Easy Route To School Minibus Ownership

Since 1982 Red Kite have set industry standards and been at the forefront of school minibus safety, versatility and service, supplying Schools, Academies and Colleges throughout the UK.

Just as schools are individual in the way they use their minibuses, so are the vehicles we supply. Our experienced, friendly team are here to help and will provide clear impartial advice on the best vehicle for your organisation’s requirements. We will even arrange to bring one of our demonstration minibuses to your premises so that everybody involved in the decision making process can fully evaluate and make an informed choice before you buy.

Real Customer Choice - We have an unrivalled selection of brand new 9 -18 seat minibuses from all the leading manufacturers including the newly arrived Ford and Peugeot minibus ranges, offering both B and D1 licence category driveability. Alternatively you can choose from our large stock of fully refurbished and safety tested, pre-owned minibuses.

Flexible Finance Options – We offer a choice of flexible finance options to suit your budget. These include outright purchase, Lease and Lease Purchase Plans as well as Contract Hire. A preferred method for many organisations, allowing a fixed monthly rental to be set aside and with the exception of fuel and insurance, no additional costs are required.

Accessibility & Specialist Finishes – From your instruction or working together with you, we can offer new seat layouts, special paint finishes, fully accessible options for wheelchair use, fully bespoke design and build service, or just sign write your organisation’s logo if required.

Nationwide Service & Support - All new minibuses are supplied with a 36-month manufacturer warranty and our fully refurbished pre-owned minibuses include 12-month MOT and ‘No Quibble’ warranty. Maintenance and servicing is organised nationwide for your convenience.

For further information call 01202 827678 or visit http://www.redkite-minibuses.com/



RM Education


RM Education

Case Study: Constellation Trust

The Constellation Trust is a forward thinking and innovative Multi-Academy Trust based in Hull. The Trust is made up of 2 secondary schools, 6 primary schools and a pupil referral unit which all aim to provide the best learning opportunities for pupils. Although each school has its own unique identity, they benefit from working in partnership to share good practice and have a joint central service support team.

Trevor Taylor is the Director of Operations at Constellation Trust and has been working with RM for 10 years since the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Trevor completed a full tender exercise to identify the best long term provider for their IT support solution and RM were appointed as an interim service provider at Sirius Academy during the interim period.

Choosing the right ICT partner

Prior to this, the use of IT across the school was very limited and there was no system in place for logging and prioritising IT issues. As is often the case, staff were reluctant to embrace the new processes but RM helped staff to become familiar with the call logging system which in turn helped the school to better prioritise their IT issues.

"We met with all of the ‘big players’ that we thought might be able to provide the services we needed and shortlisted two, including RM. Most of the other providers wanted to rip out our previous systems, flatten everything and start again but with our budgets and 1500 pupils to consider and just one 6 week summer break to complete the work, this wasn’t feasible for us."

When asked why the Constellation Trust chose RM to be their ICT partner, Trevor answered that cost and a tailor-made service were both important factors.


“Cost was a big factor, there was a significant cost difference between
RM and other providers. We wanted a tailor-made service so engaging with
RM was a no-brainer. They were very accommodating in helping to
shape the ideal service for us.”


The whole RM team working together makes a difference

As part of their IT support service The Constellation Trust receive a full reactive support desk, with a range of proactive updates and services from their Remote Network Manager. The remote team carry out 180 daily checks run at 3am to ensure as many issues as possible are picked up and resolved remotely where possible before the school day even starts. Trevor has found there to be many benefits from having this support service in place.


“RM’s support means I can sleep at night. RM are out there on the education front
and are specialists in what they do. I really like the wrap around service with the
extended team in India doing updates overnight meaning there is no
interruption to lessons. It’s a total care package.”


Trevor explained that RM support the personal development of their IT technicians and this combined with the overnight proactive checks has resulted in less impact in the classroom. They now have fewer calls logged, no interruption to teaching as updates take place outside of school hours and confidence that IT will just work when they start a lesson.


“Teachers have enough to do without having to worry about the
technology working. The value of being able to take that
worry away has been priceless.”


“David Brooke is our UK-based Technical Operations Manager and he sorts out any higher level issues but now there is a real lack of problems. In the past we used to log so many calls but now that we’ve got to the point that IT just works. We log very few calls these days.”


“I’d say we’ve seen an 80% reduction in support calls.”


Trevor mentions that his RM Relationship Manager, Louise, is key to the successful delivery of ICT across the trust. “Louise has shared learnings from other schools that meant the pain for our Trust has been reduced.”


“We understand each other and although I’ve made her life quite difficult at times, she cuts through
problems like a hot knife through butter. She talks my language, we don’t talk in technical terms
unless we need to. She deserves to get rewarded because she’s incredible.”


Trust-wide consistency

The Constellation Trust aim to deliver consistent ICT across all of their sites and currently have RM Flex, RM Unify, Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint as the standard suite across all of their schools. Trevor has found that having a consistent infrastructure in place has really helped to improve communication and collaboration between the schools.

“Having consistency makes a big difference when you want to do something at a trust-wide level. We wanted to be able to communicate with the schools on one platform and for there to be collaboration and consistency of teaching resources between schools in the trust. Before introducing RM Unify there was very little communication between the schools and they all existed on their own systems.”

“We’re hoping that this consistency will have a positive impact on teaching and learning and will help to raise attainment. Especially in our primary schools, we’re hoping that having the same tools in primary will help transition to secondary schools and in turn support the raising of literacy levels.”

A recommendation to other Trusts

As well as saving around one third on his IT support costs compared to his previous BSF provision, The Constellation Trust have found RM’s services to be good value for money.


“The IT support we get from RM is absolutely good value for money. You receive a professional
service that gives peace of mind and the reliability of technology that works. I would chose
RM every time. It gives you the all-encompassing wrap around package and you know that
RM have got your back if the worst happens.”


“To other Trusts looking for an ICT partner, I would absolutely recommend RM.
They are reliable, thorough, talk the right language, affordable and there’s longevity in
the partnership for as long as you want it to be there.”


To find out more about this service please visit www.rm.com/ITchanges






Schoolcomms is an easy and effective, one-system solution for schools looking to improve parent engagement whilst reducing costs.

Schoolcomms encompasses everything that’s important for busy schools who have less time to manage all the important admin tasks, such as counting cash and managing breakfast and after-school clubs. Messaging, Payments, Online Reporting and Clubs from Schoolcomms all make for an easy solution to managing these everyday tasks, keeping track of payments and keeping parents involved in their child’s education.

School – home communication has never been more important and the Schoolcomms parent app, School Gateway, makes it easy for schools to keep parents involved and informed with their child’s education. It also reduces administration time by removing the need to print letters, chase absences, gain parent consent and take payments. All of this and more can be done with a few clicks and sent straight to the School Gateway app or website for parents to view. Schoolcomms offers FREE app messaging, providing a simple solution to contacting busy parents who are on the go.

Parents love School Gateway too. The app makes it as easy as possible for parents to respond to school requests meaning they do just that. School Gateway provides one place for parents to view information, explain any outstanding absences, make payments for dinner money and school trips, book onto clubs, and more, all with one login.

The School Gateway app is free to download on iOS and Android devices, and also accessible via a website.

Getting started with Schoolcomms is simple, download a free 30 day trial to see if it’s right for you or request a quote and ask about our bundle discount – www.schoolcomms.com

Contact details


0333 332 7147





The School Planner Company

The School Planner Company is the largest provider of customised student and teacher planners in the UK.

We are devoted to helping schools create resources that support teaching and aid learning. It is our belief that only fully customised student planners provide value to teachers, students, and parents. Our team of dedicated planner specialists have helped over 5,000 schools develop bespoke planners.

We have been working with schools for over twenty years and continue to:


Contact Details:

The School Planner Company
Units 1-3, The Ermine Centre
Hurricane Close
PE29 6XX
01480 410432





Show My Homework

Show My Homework is the faster and smarter way to help you manage homework across your academy trust.

Dedicated to helping academies across the UK achieve their goals through a tailored partnership that focuses on sharing best practice, Show My Homework was created by a former Assistant Headteacher who wanted to make a difference in schools across the country, and not just in his own. The team is now 75+ strong and passionate about delivering a first-class product and service to its schools to alleviate current and future teaching and learning challenges to shape lives and build reputations.

By providing teachers with the tools to quickly create and share quality and engaging homework tasks, then upload them to the Community Resources so they’re free to be reused across your academy, you can ensure consistently great quality homework.

With a variety of Homework Reports available for you in a click, aggregate data across the Academy Trust in minutes, not hours, by seeing the same information across all of your schools.

Homework can add an additional 5 months onto a child’s learning at Secondary School, and is very cost effective as an initiative. Make sure that the time your staff put into creating homework, as well as the support families are giving their children, is always truly worthwhile.

For more information, and to learn about the multi-school academy discount, please call 0207 197 9550 or email info@showmyhomework.co.uk



SG World


Skern Lodge – Activities / Training / Events

Not all residential centres are the same!  In our 40th year, we are still striving to be the best.  You will see this in our staff teams – in the way they deliver their activity sessions, how they prepare your food and clean your rooms.  At Skern Lodge we understand that it’s our staff that make the difference. Having great facilities, an exciting range of adventurous activities and healthy, delicious food, are important, but it’s the people that make it all work.  That’s why we are careful in ensuring that our staff are right for us and right for you.

Located on the North Devon coast, Skern Lodge provides activity and field study residentials for primary to sixth form.  The centre provides accommodation for up to 234 guests in a good mix of twin, trio and dormitory style rooms. 

Activities take place both on and off site, utilising some of the inspiring locations we have available. Westward Ho! beach is only a 3 minute drive, giving us access to a fantastic surfing beach and an ideal environment to explore the seashore and rock pools. The River Torridge provides us with an ideal location for kayaking, rafting and powerboating and the nearby cliffs of Hartland provide a stunning backdrop for abseiling and coastal traversing.

With our low and high ropes courses, climbing and abseil tower, tunnels network, archery, zip wire and outdoor heated pool, our on-site resources help make a perfect activity week.

If you would like to find out more about what we can offer your school, get in touch to arrange a teacher taster weekend, where you can see for yourself why our staff make the difference.

Further information:
01237 475992
Skern Lodge – Appledore, Bideford, Devon EX39 1NG



Stone King Solicitors for Schools


Stone King

Solicitors for Schools with the Capacity to Deliver

Our deep education sector knowledge gives you real advantage

Stone King has forged this knowledge and understanding from over 30 years of extensive, daily experience in supporting all types of schools. You will have direct access to advisers who have the sector knowledge to resolve the specific issue that your school faces in a robust but pragmatic way, saving you time and cost.

You will be supported by a specialist team large enough to deliver precisely what you need, when you need it.

The size and coverage of our specialist team means you can have total confidence that we always have the capacity to deliver to deadline without compromising quality or service. You will always have access to the right person at the right level for every piece of work, ensuring the highest levels of efficiency and certainty regarding costs. We deliver a fast and comprehensive answer, allowing you to spend your time on what is more important to you.

For further information please contact Roger Inman on 07946 181235 or email RogerInman@stoneking.co.uk

Visit our website at www.stoneking.co.uk



Studio LIME Architects


Studio LIME Architects

Studio LIME Architects was founded in 2012, a fresh but experienced team of architects, interior designers and project managers specialising in designing buildings for the education sector.

All projects undertaken by Studio LIME aim to deliver elegant simplicity, sustainable design and beautiful bespoke spaces. The team can also provide specialist consultancy on planning services as required.

From the earliest stages of a project our team will embark on creative discussions with all stakeholders, ensuring the spaces we create sit well within the local community and deliver a sustainable and inspirational learning environment.

The team has a wide range of experience, having worked with several education projects across the UK in recent years. As Chair of Governors of his local primary school and a Member of a Multi Academy Trust in Essex, managing director Iain Martin is also familiar with the many challenges facing schools on a daily basis.

Contact us on 0117 304 8308 or visit our website www.studiolime.co.uk






Hello, we’re texthelp,

A leader in assistive and language learning software.  We believe that everyone shares a fundamental need to be understood by others, and language is our passport to academic, social and professional success.

This is what drives us to create smart, easy-to-use support technologies that enable young people and adults to read and write with confidence and independence and to benefit from the English language.

Our world leading assistive and language learning software is used daily by millions of students and educators in schools, colleges and universities worldwide.  

Over the last decade, an explosion of technology has occurred across UK schools. Unfortunately, technology alone rarely causes an increase in achievement however, there are many common supports which technology can provide that do make a difference.  

At Texthelp, we understand that every student learns differently, so we’ve developed the Read&Write family of literacy tools for students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or visual impairments, English Language Learners (ELL) and those learning English as a Second Language (ESL). These can be used in the classroom, examinations and at home.

Read&Write works as a literacy support toolbar that docks to the top of the screen and provides a variety of supports, including text-to-speech, word prediction, talking and picture dictionaries, research supports, a graphic organiser tool and much more.  

Following changes in JCQ Access arrangements computer readers, such as Read&Write, can now be used to read exam papers, even papers that assess reading. Many UK schools are choosing Read&Write as their preferred computer reader, allowing students to work independently and with confidence.

Whether you’re using Windows/Mac, iPad/Android tablets or studying in the cloud we’ve a solution for you.

For more information please:



Westgate Solar Control


Westgate Solar Control

A division of the Westgate Group, Westgate Solar Control was established in 1977 and supplies low maintenance window film and blind solutions to the education sector. 

Our range of Life Time Blinds uses robust components to withstand demanding environments and carry an up to 10 year guarantee to protect your investment.  The range is available with options including; crank handles, wire side guides, blackout material and heat reduction backing.

Westgate’s window film range includes solutions to the overcome the most common problems of; glare, privacy, breakage, UV protection and heat reduction.  Films can also be installed with an anti-pick edge to keep films looking as good as the day they were installed.

Our solutions can be supplied and installed nationally and all surveyors and installers are DBS checked.  With over 500 rolls of window film in stock we can turn your project round quickly and we even give you a dedicated contracts team to keep projects running on time and to budget.

01785 242181



Wey Consultancy


Wey Consultancy

Our highly experienced team have extensive knowledge of the Free School application process and have successfully supported primary, secondary, all-through and UTC proposals from concept to opening. We also guide schools seeking to join multi-academy trusts and MATs embarking upon expansion. Our expertise in these areas is complemented by a depth of knowledge of school leadership and management; our education team contains several National Leaders in Education (NLE’s), Chairs of Governing Bodies, former DfE assessors and Ofsted inspectors.

Free school application and pre-opening support services
Wey Consultancy has a strong track record of writing successful free school applications and providing support from concept to opening, project managing the entire pre-opening process. Alternatively, we offer a bespoke range of services from PD recruitment to finance, legal and governance support, offering marketing expertise and knowledge of the site, buildings and premises aspects of the process.

Academy Conversion
Wey Consultancy can help you make all the pre-conversion decisions required, considering the governance, financial, HR and legal implications for your school. We manage the project from end-to-end, giving you a single point of contact to liaise with all external stakeholders and service providers, updating you regularly and producing a comprehensive project plan detailing key milestones, target dates and deliverables.

Joining or Forming a Multi-Academy Trust
Wey Consultancy can help you and your potential partners proceed from “first principles” discussions, conducting all financial and legal due diligence as well as a full educational analysis. Wey are adept at carrying out crucial “culture-fit” evaluations so you can be assured your vision, values and ethos align with those of your intended partners. With the benefits realisation plan we create for you, we’ll ensure you reap the rewards of academisation and leave you confident in making the right decision for all your key stakeholders.

Sara L’efquihi,
Project Lead, Free Schools and Academies
Wey Consultancy
43-44 New Bond Street
0203 5983330



Zurich Municipal


Protect tomorrow's generation with today's insurance and risk experts

As one of the leading insurance providers across the UK, Zurich Municipal handles over 100,000 claims every year, and has a dedicated team to look after the UK Local Authorities, health services, charities & voluntary bodies and social housing associations. Moreover, Zurich Municipal has firmly established itself as a leading advisor for the education sector across the UK.

Zurich Municipal promotes an educated approach to risk and insurance solutions by helping key stakeholders meet school-specific requirements, especially when the education sector is faced with many challenges. Whether you operate as an Academy, Independent school, free school or Foundation school, insurance is a vital function for the management in education settings. Zurich Municipal understands that every Academy is different and faces different challenges, and is in a robust position to tailor its services to individual needs. We can provide insurance packages tailored to your Academy’s needs including access to  Risk Curriculum, a free online resource which enables you to build and store your own tailored continuity management plan and contains over 40 fact sheets on pertinent areas of risk management in school.

Zurich Municipal’s free Riskline offers practical advice on a range of risk topics including Property, Security and Business Continuity aspects, Health and Safety queries including Food Hygiene, Water, Asbestos and Environmental issues. Our specialist team of Risk Management experts are here to offer help and support when you need it most. Our dedicated Education Claims teams – backed by our crisis management experts – are here to ensure speedy recovery from an incident with minimal disruption to teaching and learning. The better we understand your organisation, the better we can help protect it. That is why our underwriters, claims handlers and risk and insurance consultants all work directly with you, keeping their finger on the pulse of your current and future protection needs.

Call 0845 602 3895 or email us at info@zurichmunicipal.com to arrange a call back.

Or visit www.zurichmunicipal.co.uk/schools for further information on the services we provide.