consistently excellent in educational expertise, providing exceptional value.
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BWB’s public benefit specialisation is particularly engaged, in combination with our expert sector knowledge, in all areas of education. Our education practice has developed rapidly in recent years through our implementation of education policy linked to the promotion of public service reform. This includes, the creation of academies; the establishment of free schools; the reorganisation and development of higher and further education institutions as service providing charitable enterprises, maximising commercial opportunity; inter and cross-sector collaborations, consortia, franchising; joint-ventures and shared services; and the engagement of educational institutions with social enterprise and the promotion of public benefit social value.

We are also engaged with: adult education providers; awarding bodies; early years providers; education service providers; foundation schools; independent schools; inspection providers; special and specialist education providers; student unions; regulators and umbrella bodies.

We are closely involved with social and political discussion and debate on education policy and practice, particularly through our Education Forum and many other engagements with fellow sector specialists.

We are personally committed to education. Our Schools team is led by Mary Groom, who is a former comprehensive school Head of Department, and a number of the team are school governors, which is highly encouraged. We believe in practical, personal and dedicated service, in contrast to more standardised approaches which tend to be encouraged by some aspects of education policy and practice.

Our Services

We have traditionally met the needs of many education clients through the full range of services we offer to public benefit organisations covering: charity and social enterprise (including structures, constitutions and governance); commercial contracts and other business matters; dispute resolution; employment; immigration, intellectual property and data protection; public procurement; and public and regulatory law. We are particularly associated with HR matters in further education.

To this broad capability our Education team adds sector specialisation in, for example: admissions; co-operative models; discipline; exclusions; extended school services; health and safety; funding; music education services; research contracts and grants; safeguarding; school improvement services; special educational needs; the priority schools building programme; parent and student contracts; studio schools; technology transfer; and university technical colleges.

Externalisation of Education Services

In relation to new models for public service delivery we have a proven track record of successfully working with education services. We are very familiar with the challenges facing school improvement services, music education services, extended school services, pre-schools and adult education services.