Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022

16 | Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022 Aug22116 Education Institution Business Support Provider of the Year 2022 Over the past couple of years, the education system has dealt with several hurdles, including the outbreak of Covid-19. Such challenges have stressed the need for extra support for schools – this is where Services4Schools comes in. The organisation aids schools through compliance with regulations, wellbeing support for staff, and it has plans in place for a project that will streamline the recruitment process. Services4Schools is a unique company that offers a diverse range of award-winning, professional business and educational support solutions to schools, academies, and multi-academy trusts across the United Kingdom. Moreover, through its work, Services4Schools enables such institutions to achieve operational excellence and efficiency. Driven by a passion for education and a deep understanding of the pressures and challenges within the industry, the organisation helps its customers flourish, freeing up schools’ valuable time so that they can get back to what’s most important – providing students with a premium education. The company – which is comprised of specialists within Business and Leadership Support – helps to alleviate the worry surrounding school management. Thanks to its team of experts, Services4Schools is equipped to provide advice, reassurance, and operational support in a multitude of areas, including mental health and wellbeing for school staff, finance, human resources, governance and data management. Additionally, expert guidance is available on legal compliance and financial and technical aspects of setting up a free school. Services4Schools is, in essence, a one-stop shop for extensive specialist support. Such services have been designed with the company’s core values in mind – an area of business that Services4Schools simply does not compromise on. It is committed to its core values, which it believes will make life EASIER for its clients’ schools. EASIER – meaning Excellence, Adaptable, Schools, Integrity, Efficiency, Relationships – is the acronym for the organisation’s values, summing them up in a succinct and concise manner. These values serve as a fundamental part of Services4Schools’ structure, as they shape its culture and guide its thinking, defining the essence of the company. Of course, these values also play a daily role in the company’s operations, guiding it through its daily communications with its clients. Services4Schools’ clientele is highly diverse, with clients stemming from urban, suburban, and rural communities, and this has subsequently opened the company up to a variety of needs which, it states, has allowed it to provide a greater depth and added value to its support offers. Henceforth, Services4Schools embodies client-centricity, ensuring that its services are valuable, adaptable, and bespoke. It is able to work on-site, remotely, or through a blended approach, and it is willing to work outside of normal hours in order to aid its customers in accessing the best outcomes for the children. There is an abundance of ‘behind the scenes’ work that takes place to support excellent teaching and learning environments, including the employment of Chief Operating Officers, Finance Directors, and School Business Managers, and many opt to onboard support through organisations such as Services4Schools. This extra support has the ability to drastically improve a learning environment. For example, Services4Schools’ financial support helps to maximise and stretch the available funds, which means they can be utilised to bolster students’ learning. The list of its offerings is extensive; however, one thing is certain, a child will flourish in an environment where they feel safe and supported, and Services4Schools is ensuring that this is the case in schools across the nation. Much of this support comes from the passionate team who share the organisations enthusiasm about enhancing the outcomes of the UK’s children and young people. Full training is provided to each staff member, so, whilst qualifications are important, Services4Schools seeks out those who are creative, dedicated, and fit in with the company’s ethos. The team it has created has been implemented with its customers in mind – it wants to provide them with up-to-date guidance and the best possible advice. In recent times, however, this mission has become increasingly difficult due to a number of additional external pressures. The Covid-19 pandemic had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the education system. Not only did schools have to undertake added precautions, but they then had to deal with the logistics of providing cover for isolating staff and providing catch-up learning so that children’s education was somewhat protected from the turbulence. After over two years of disruptions, this phase is continuing, and it is expected that it will for some time. This period has emphasised the importance of Services4Schools’ work. Consequently, over the next year, Services4Schools will be furthering the development of its services in order to continue meeting the ever-changing needs of educational institutions. On top of this, Services4Schools will be strengthening its partnership with FEPS. Through this partnership, the team will be designing an exciting piece of software, FACE-Ed, which will help schools with their recruitment processes and guarantee recruitment compliance. This tool will fulfil a plethora of services, such as posting adverts, streamlining the shortlisting process, and providing support through DBS checks and references. In effect, FACE-Ed will revolutionise the way schools hire team members. Contact: Debbie Percival Company: Services4Schools Ltd (S4S) Web Address: https://www.services4schools.org.uk/