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Strategic partnerships and managed services

We believe every child deserves the best start in life. That is why we work in partnership with many organisations to help raise the standards of children's services across the UK.

Whether you're seeking prioritisation of investment to drive efficiency, or improved outcomes with reduced expenditure, we can offer alternative delivery models and technical expertise to support you achieve a ‘step change’ in performance.

We work in partnership with many organisations to help raise the standards of children's services across the UK.

We've worked with government and public sector organisations such as the Department for Education, Ofsted and local authorities since 1987. Together, we focus on many of the key issues in children's services today including raising achievement, performance management, inspection, teacher training, and the development of national initiatives.

The work is often complex and challenging and we take pride in our achievements – earned through high standards of professional advice, outstanding project management, and commitment to getting the most from our professional partnerships.

We have a strong and diverse record of working in partnership with local authorities adding value to the provision of existing services by drawing on innovation and experience from our international education business.

We can add value through the direct intervention of our high quality staff and by proactively building capacity by developing existing staff.

Partnership Innovation

An innovative partnership with Barnet Council between 2016 and 2020 saw us deliver the full range of council education and skills services including school improvement, school admissions, and services for children with special educational needs. By 2020 96.8% of Barnet schools were good or outstanding and Barnet was in the top 10% for almost all measures and the top 5% for many of the measures. The £1.885m budget savings target for the service had been achieved and the excellent relationship with schools was maintained.

Sustainable results through focused management

We have delivered measurably improved outcomes in attainment, Ofsted judgements and rates of absence in Slough with every maintained school now judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding – only two other local authorities have achieved this.

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