WITH THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, PARTNERSHIPS HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT. FINDING THE RIGHT PARTNER AND DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE ALLIANCE FROM THE BEGINNING IS OFTEN PROBLEMATIC.
NPW HAS DEVELOPED A NUMBER OF PRODUCTS TO ASSIST WITH THIS, WHETHER FOR JOINT VENTURES, FEDERATIONS, ACADEMIES OR TRUSTS.
Establishing a Partnership
We work with each school to assess the scope for partnership, support initial due diligence and provide advice & guidance on the solutions available. We then develop a memorandum of understanding to establish a formal agreement
which meets the needs of the parties.
The planning and preparation required for converting to an academy is time-consuming. Schools need to consider how stakeholders should be consulted, and the impact of building and land transfers to TUPE requirements.
We project manage your conversion to an academy, the process of forming a MAT or joining an established MAT, ensuring the process is as smooth as possible.
A successful school requires good governance, to not only comply with regulations but to achieve its objectives and drive improvement.
We assess the effectiveness of the governance arrangements by attending governing board meetings, reviewing key documents, interviewing key individuals and recommending improvements.
Peer Governance Review
We carry out a governance review for each partnership, comparing and contrasting what works well, and the good practice that could be shared.
Integrated Curriculum & Financial Planning
We carry out an independent evaluation of all schools in the partnership and provide a detailed breakdown of the financial efficiency in delivering the curriculum, that can be embedded into business processes.
This exercise can help your partnership and MAT to secure access to additional DfE funding and benchmark your school against similar organisations across the country.
Stress (management) Risk Assessment
When partnerships are formed, new roles with greater responsibilities are created. Schools and partnerships have a responsibility to help staff manage any stress involved in their new role.
We work with schools to reduce stress absence, support vulnerable members of staff and staff with high levels of responsibility or prominent roles within an organisation.
Health & Safety Network Meetings
We will hold quarterly meetings to provide advice and guidance on policy and procedure updates, legislation changes, compliance issues and incident management.
NPW has project managed 16 schools through their conversion to an academy and to join or form an academy trust.