Noticeboard articles by author : Simon Connell

Medway UTC is now recognisable!

With nine weeks to go until the new Year 10 and Year 12 students arrive, the Medway UTC building is now recognisable! The £10 million school, which will specialise in Engineering and Construction, is part of a wider movement of University Technical Colleges, being pioneered by the Baker Dearing Trust. Educate recruited the Principal, Karon […]

Support for Free Schools

The newly elected government has just launched the next wave of Free School applications. Educate has significant experience both with bid writing for new school proposer groups and project management services to commission new schools. In the last few years we have helped governing boards to free schools and university technical colleges in England and operators […]

Recruitment, Retention and Retirement – The 3 ‘R’s of the Teacher Workforce  

As a provider of initial teacher training and leadership recruitment services, we regularly pay close attention to the three ‘R’s driving the size of the teaching workforce: recruitment, retention and retirement. As the economy recovers and students count the cost of university tuition fees, recruitment into initial teacher training paints an alarming picture. Figures released […]

School Budgets – Inflection point?

With school budgets protected over the past five years, there is now rising evidence to suggest that the tide may be turning irrespective of the next government. During the past month, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a school leadership survey both point to an alarming deterioration ahead. In particular, almost half of […]

Reflections on the growth of international schools

Attending any conference can be quite a self-indulgent activity. As well as the opportunity to network, it provides the time and space to reflect on “bigger picture” issues. The recent ISC International schools conference was one of several on this topic that Educate has attended during the past year, and there has been a consistent […]