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In the ever changing educational landscape, where autonomy and accountability are the central pillars of the government’s programme, it is essential to make sure you are getting the most out of your partnerships. Through working with many individual academies as well as all sizes of academy groups we recognise that you need access to a broad range of services to ensure that you get the support you need no matter what issue you might be facing. Our team includes a broad range of specialists who only focus on providing support to schools and academies.

Whether you are a group of schools or academies looking to explore how best to use one of the multi-academy solutions or an existing or in need of help with admissions our aim is to offer pragmatic, practical advice that will help support the delivery of your vision.

Our experienced team are familiar with the challenges and the many opportunities that you face. Using their extensive experience of developing multi-school structures across localities, they can help you, your staff and governors develop a vision for learning which will engage key stakeholders to formalise your working arrangements.

what we do...

  • Admissions, exclusions, behaviour and pupil welfare.
  • SEN and equalities duties.
  • Safeguarding and managing allegations.
  • Commercial contracts, procurement and trading advice.
  • Governance, funding and school collaborations.
  • Environmental and regulatory issues.
  • HR, employment and pensions issues.
  • Information sharing, data protection and freedom of information.
  • Planning, property and construction matters.
  • Intellectual property and information technology.
  • Academy group structures. 

focus on...

Managing the inherent risks of a school restructure

In this webinar, Emma Hughes and Emily Addai will discuss options for restructuring staff costs and how and where this can go wrong. They are also going to discuss best practice approaches to enable school leaders to carry out processes that support the school to bounce back from a time of change more successfully.

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Upcoming webinars

Optimus webinar: GDPR – the role of the data protection officer

At this Optimus organised webinar, Dai Durbridge explores what the data protection officer's role involves and how to prepare for it.

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Legal updates

Working with commercial sports providers to create value on your school site

There are a number of commercial sports providers whose business model involves setting up facilities at school sites and then charging the public for their use.

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Legal updates

Generating income - installing electricity substations on school grounds

Schools and academies are often approached by electricity companies to allow the installation of a substation within their grounds.

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