Entrust work across the UK in partnership with schools, academy trusts and Local Authorities to provide specialist expertise around school improvement, learning technologies, and property and support services.
When Staffordshire County Council was looking at the future of its schools' support services, it realised that these needed to be protected from reduced funding and better placed to compete in an increasingly challenging marketplace. Looking for radical solutions, the council created a joint venture with Capita, under the name Entrust.
Creating a joint venture allowed both parties to develop a shared vision. It allows us to combine the best of the public sector’s 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, economic prosperity, and protecting local jobs.
Over two and a half years into the joint venture, school performance in Staffordshire - where Entrust works with all schools on the area across all areas of school improvement assessed by Ofsted - has improved. Now, 81% of providers are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted – an increase of 16 percentage points (pp) since 2012.
Ofsted also rated the quality of school improvement support as good or better in over 95% of inspections and over 98% of schools say that the services it provides have a positive impact.*
The joint venture is now the fastest growing school-to-school support partner in England, working in over 50 over local authorities and 600 schools.
“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
*This figure is based on the survey for delegates attending the Entrust training courses.
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