Shifting the balance of power from agencies back to schools

Christine Morton, senior category lead, CCS & Catherine Kelsall, network engagement lead, Schools Commercial Team, DfE

This practical session will help you to take back control when hiring additional temporary staff, such as supply teachers. Learn how to shift the balance of power away from agencies and back to schools with transparency and greater knowledge. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) works closely with the Department for Education (DfE) to help schools and academies of all sizes reduce their running costs, in this seminar other SBLs share their insight and experience - Hear how you can benefit from the new deal from a former school business manager who will share their favourite take home points, based on their experience.

You’ll also hear some great hints and tips to help you along the way, with case studies to show what you can achieve – including how a school in Middlesex used the deal to negotiate a £2,777 saving on their agency fees! This session should help to ensure that as much of your precious budget as possible can be spent in the classroom.

Take home points:
  • Practical hints and tips that will help you negotiate the best deals with confidence, saving time and money for your school.
  • Feel safe in knowing that CCS’ expert team are on-hand to help you along the way.
This session is for:
Anyone with responsibility for hiring staff. From supply teachers and classroom assistants, to admin support, cleaners and head teachers – you can fill virtually any temporary role you have a need for at your school.

Christine Morton is a CCWP-certified contingent labour category expert based in London. She works at the Crown Commercial Service, part of the UK’s Cabinet Office, on a variety of contingent labour projects. She and her team have recently launched the first agreement supported by the Department for Education for supply teachers. She takes a holistic view across procurement, process, HR and legal/risk angles.

Catherine Kelsall is a former school business manager with more than 24 years’ experience of working in a special needs primary school, where she was also an associate governor. She now works for the Department for Education’s Schools Commercial Team as a schools engagement lead. The team’s role is to support delivery of the Schools’ Buying Strategy.