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Entrust - inspiring futures

Capita’s joint venture with Staffordshire County Council is making a difference to children, young people and schools.

A genuine partnership is about combining the best of both worlds. When Staffordshire County Council was looking at the future of its schools support services, it realised that these services needed to be protected from reduced funding and be able to compete in an increasingly challenging marketplace.

Looking for radical solutions, the council created a joint venture with Capita, Entrust. Entrust – an education and skills provider – aims to transform the services available to schools, as well as facilitating support and the sharing of best practice across the UK.

Two and a half years into the ground-breaking joint venture, school performance in Staffordshire has improved, with 80% of pupils now attending schools rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted – an increase of 16% since 2012. Ofsted rated the quality of school improvement support as good or better in over 95% of inspections. Educational outcomes are improving too - with writing, reading and maths combined, 80% of Staffordshire pupils gained at least the expected level in all three subjects at Key Stage 2, an improvement on last year of 3%.

The Council and Capita have created a joint venture brimming with innovative ideas and practical solutions and, two and a half years on, there are real results and positive feedback from both schools and parents. At a time when school budgets are in the spotlight, Entrust is a ground-breaking move that is making a true difference to children and young people – and delivering long-term economic and financial benefits.

John Tradewell

Director of Democracy, Law and Transformation, Staffordshire County Council

During the last year, Entrust also enrolled 893 young people, who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) on to the government’s Youth Contract. Of these, 77% were supported in re-engaging in learning, compared to the West Midlands average of 61%.

The joint venture is now the fastest growing school-to-school support partner in England – and over 95% of schools say that the services it provides have a positive impact. Entrust is now delivering education and skills support services in over 50 local authorities in the UK, and over 300 new schools – meaning that it is now working with over 700 schools in total.

Moat Hall received an Ofsted visit recently and we came out of ‘Special Measures’ with a judgment of ‘Good’. Obviously, we are delighted with that categorisation! On behalf of Moat Hall Governors, I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Entrust for all your support and encouragement in moving forward changes to literacy throughout the school. We have been extremely grateful for the advice and encouragement you have offered, and this great result is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved.

Anthea Staples

Chair of Governors, Moat Hall Primary School

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