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Change Makers case study

The role of local authority in education is changing, with schools becoming more independent from local authorities. Staffordshire County Council recognised an opportunity for a new model for the provision of support services to improve outcomes for schools and their students.


 

Issue

The council needed a solution to continue to support schools while recognising funding was increasingly flowing directly to schools.

Insight

The council created a joint venture with Capita, called Entrust to develop a shared vision.

Impact

School performance has improved in Staffordshire - 26% more schools judged good or outstanding since 2012, which translates to over 25,000 pupils.


 

The challenge

Recognising that schools were becoming more autonomous, Staffordshire County Council needed an innovative solution that would allow them to continue to offer Staffordshire’s schools the support they need to perform well while recognising that the funding for these services was increasingly flowing directly to schools and they were making independent decisions around purchasing support in a very competitive marketplace.

Our approach

The answer was for the council to create a joint venture with Capita, called 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.

Creating a joint venture allowed both parties to develop a shared vision. It combines the best of the public sector working – the knowledge and expertise in delivering services to schools – with the commercial acumen of the private sector. And it has enabled a strong focus on outcomes from the start, including educational development for all and creating the foundations for economic prosperity across the county.

The impact

Four years into the ground-breaking joint venture, school performance in Staffordshire has improved, with 26% more pupils attending Staffordshire schools judged good or outstanding since 2012. This translates to over 25,000 pupils.

The success of this approach has meant Entrust is now delivering education and skills support services in over 50 local authorities in the UK, and over 300 new schools – working with over 700 schools in total.

The Council and Capita have created a joint venture brimming with innovative ideas and practical solutions and, four 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 strategy, governance and change, Staffordshire County Council

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