While no two schools are the same, there are certain core challenges that affect most schools at some time or another. We’ve seen this first-hand after having spoken to over 2,000 schools and asking them what their top priorities are. Across the board, their individual challenges largely fit into these three areas:
We’re not the experts in solving all these issues (unfortunately). However, we are experts in helping schools find providers who are specialists in these areas and have the tools to help you get there.
So, we thought we’d put together this blog sharing our tips on how to find the right solution for your school to tackle each of these areas. We hope it helps!
Okay. So you need to save money?
I don’t think there are very many schools for whom saving money isn’t a leading concern. So when it comes to choosing how and where to spend those over-stretched budgets, making the right choices is of paramount importance. No school can afford to waste money on a ‘solution’ which just causes more headaches and is a drain on the purse. Here’s some advice on how to ensure you’re getting the right provider for whatever you may need:
Did you know…we can help with all the above (for free)?
Our 90-minute NeXworking sessions offer school groups who attend our provider research events £1000, simply for attending and providing solutions with feedback? If you’re looking for new ideas, a NeXworking event could be a great way of finding the right solutions for your school AND boosting your budget. Book a call with one of the team to find out moreBOOK A CALL
How can you save time?
Many providers of school solutions claim to be able to save teachers’ time, but be sure to drill down into just how this is the case. Is it a solution that will cut down repetitive admin tasks, meaning the time-saving aspect of their solution is one that’ll be hard to fully appreciate? Is it a solution that will make a certain task easier and quicker, which may lead to improved student attainment? Here are some questions you can ask prospective providers to help narrow this down…
It’s a stereotype of British people that we simply put up with things that aren’t working for us, in order to save awkward conversations around accountability. But with budgets as tight as they are, and demands on teachers’ time more stretched than ever, asking these difficult questions now can help ensure you find providers who are worth your time (and money!) and don’t leave you with regrets.
Top Tip for Time Saving…
Avoid those sales calls and keep your search for providers online. Did you know our NeXworking events are now done through Zoom? In just 90 minutes you can hear pitches and ask questions in an obligation-free setting with providers tailored to your schools’ needs, all without having to leave the comfort of your office!
“Keeping it online is a much more efficient use of our headteachers’ time. They only had to give up an hour and a half to see 5-6 providers, which were focused on their requirements.”
– Keith Greenwood, Warrington Local AuthorityFIND OUT MORE
How can I boost attainment?
The ultimate goal for all schools, there is a seemingly infinite number of providers offering solutions for boosting student attainment. However when it comes to identifying the right provider for your schools’ needs, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees, particularly because you’re often not comparing like for like. A mental health and wellbeing resource can’t be compared with a maths app. Here’s some advice on ensuring you get it right.
Whatever your schools’ needs, there will be someone out there who can help. Former headteacher, Keith Greenwood, offers his three closing thoughts to consider when it comes to selecting providers for your school:
If you’re looking for a way to find the right providers for your school needs, without taking up too much time or needing to trek across the country, our virtual NeXworking events could be for you. We speak to schools attending the events to identify their needs, then hand pick 6 trusted partners to attend the event. You get to hear their pitches and ask them questions live, all from the comfort of your desk!
Register your interest to see if you could join the next NeXworking event by filling in the form at www.nexus-education.com/nexworking.