Christine Bayliss Education Consultancy Services
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Academy and Free School Consultations

C:BECS is fast developing a reputation for delivery of effective statutory and non-statutory consultations and stakeholder engagement. Whether you need to provide evidence of stakeholder engagement for your free school application, community support to enable a funding agreement to be signed or parent and stakeholder support for your academy plans, C:BECS can help.  We will develop a tailored solution that not only meets your needs but your budget too.

Some examples of the work we have undertaken:

Cotham School, Bristol - Consultation on Cotham School’s plans to move from a cooperative standalone academy trust to a multi-academy trust based on standard articles of association. CBECS contributed by providing first drafts of consultation information, daily monitoring of a dedicated email account for questions, providing drafts for responses to questions and drafting of the final report for the school’s Board of Governors.

Jo Butler Headteacher at Cotham wrote to CBECS,  “I am really happy with what you've done.  The report is concise, analytical (I like the charts!) and accurately reflects the views expressed during the consultation.”

Tenax Schools Trust, Kent and East Sussex - Gathering of evidence of community support for two free school applications in Paddock Wood and Hellingly. The Paddock Wood application relied on gathering evidence that a Church of England ethos school would augment the current provision of primary places and give local parents a choice of school when new housing is developed in the town. In Hellingly, the direct interaction with the community revealed existing unmet demand for good school places and a desire for a church ethos school. This became clear at a public meeting that was attended by over 70 members of the public and representatives of local schools. At the end of the meeting, nearly all those attending raised their hands to support the application with no-one voting against.

Ian Bauckham CEO of Tenax Schools Trust wrote “C:BECS has assisted us in project management and free school bidding, in particular engagement with local communities where we are considering opening a new school.  I have been impressed by the thoroughness of the planning and the comprehensive range of stakeholders and influencers Christine has mustered on each occasion.”

Bishop Chavasse Primary School, Kent - Undertaking all aspects of the Section 10 consultation required by the Academies Act 2010. Over 160 people responded to the consultation that was facilitated through: leaflet delivery to neighbouring properties, email contacts to schools, local media and local politicians, weekly monitoring of social media activity and proactive posting, personalised visits to playgroups and nursery facilities and an organised public meeting. Over 85% of respondents were able to say that they supported the Department for Education entering into a funding agreement with the academy trust. Feedback on the location of the site has fed into the local authority’s planning process.