We are working at national and regional level to improve the governance of education and training, involving the necessary stakeholders in its design and delivery. We aspire to link the latest policy development with rapid rollout of quality programmes that ensure standards are appropriate to our way of life, driving the benefits our wider society desires.
As our economy grows there is much greater awareness of the importance of social development in the population at large. We help by building links between stakeholders, and by implementing programmes of scale across all local authorities, with an assurance of quality.
By working closely with you to understand your position, our consultants will focus their vast experience to ensure your challenges are tackled appropriately and effectively; reducing risk, guaranteeing quality and offering you confidence of outcomes.
We are playing our part in initiatives such as the development of early education and national student with educational need and disability (SEND) reform and, where appropriate, develop consortiums and partnerships which encourage people to progress through modified routes that support lifelong learning.
We believe that companies which organise their projects as programmes and employ programme management methodology are more likely to succeed.
Sharing the ambition
Students, parents and the voluntary sector are crucial to sustainable social changes but those wider relationships are often overlooked.
A culture that enables and supports an active, effective collaboration with these stakeholders is essential for continuous development and success. Research shows that the creation of productive, positive and meaningful relationships is a tipping point in moving programmes forward.
There is no set prescription for successful involvement. Our experience is that success depends on responsiveness and the flexibility to adapt to the context of your community, beliefs and values. This approach creates meaningful conversation between thought leaders and those impacted by change, crafting the sort of productive partnerships that best generate the desired outcomes.
Achieving success in partnership
In 2012 the Department for Education appointed us to implement the delivery of free early education to the least advantaged 2-year-olds in the country, allowing them to access 15 hours of free childcare per week. Working in partnership with all 152 local authorities, we designed and delivered a programme of national support and targeted intervention that has seen take-up of the offer rocket to 68% as of August 2016. The combination of our programme management with the deep technical expertise of Hempsalls Consultancies has driven take-up across many local authorities to 100%.
The least advantaged 2-year-olds now benefit from increased learning opportunities, making them more school ready, and families are supported in their economic chances and employability. They have more opportunity to extend their working hours, addressing a key route to poverty.
Delivering better outcomes together
We act as lead contractor for several consortiums, to manage and deliver intensive programmes of support that enable local authorities and their partners to implement change and sustain improved services.
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families, on many occasions, have been failed by the system of support in place to help them. The Government responded by making the Children’s and Families Act (2014) law, formalising a new approach that better supports children and young people with SEND. All local authorities and educational settings have a legal duty to implement and fully comply with the new standards, which represents a fundamental and complex change programme for local authorities and their voluntary partners.
We provide strategic advice to the Department for Education, assisting in the determination of priorities, whilst realising the potential benefit of the reforms. By personally supporting a network of over 152 local authority ‘change agents’, we ensure learning and good practice are shared to drive ongoing improvements. Augmented with training and facilitation of different policy areas to improve the understanding and confidence of each local authority, stakeholders at local, regional and national level benefit from our strategic understanding and on-the-ground delivery.
We have successfully managed a wide-ranging programme of support that has provided value for money to the public sector and created a real difference in the lives of children and young people with SEND nationally - delivering better outcomes together.