Insights – Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust (BFLPT)

The Project

Working with Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust to co-ordinate and manage the submission of a new multi-academy trust and academy conversion application in addition to the conversion of five primary schools and one secondary school into a new trust.  In addition to the conversions, GLK supported the Trust with the development of key documents and strategies to enable the formation of BFLPT for September 2019 including a new scheme of delegation, reporting structures, financial and operational procedures, Member and Trustee information, and a central trust offer linked to financial plans.  The converting schools comprised of a small academy trust, three single academy trusts, and one mainstream school.

Our Contribution

We ensured that each of the schools remained on track throughout the process and converted on time.  The priority for this project was to form the Trust for 1st September 2019 with all schools joining at the same time whilst ensuring minimal impact on the school’s capacities.  We worked with the Trust and the schools to agree a project plan which met each setting’s calendar and circumstances.  GLK’s Project Manager, Lesley Millard provided the main point of contact throughout with all schools, the Trust, the Department for Education, local authority, and the appointed solicitors.

Once the formation and conversion project was complete, GLK tender for the Trusts clerking contract to provide support to the Trust Board, Members, and sub-committees.  We have now been appointed as their Clerk for the 2019/20 academic year.

Outcomes

  • Successful submission and outcome for a MAT application and academy conversions with the RSC.
  • Conversion of six schools in readiness for 1st September 2019 formation.
  • Provision of agreed governance structure, documentation, and processes in readiness for MAT formation.
  • Following the completion of the project, GLK Solutions were procured to provide clerking services to the Trust Members, Trust Board, and Board sub-committees for the 2019/20 academic year.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Gemma and Lesley at GLK who have been consummate professionals throughout the process of supporting myself as CEO and governors to create the Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust. They have brought significant expertise and resource to a very challenging project and have been highly effective in how they have managed the co-ordination of key information across many different stakeholders in the project.
I have been impressed by their many years’ experience of developing large-scale educational projects and the expertise they were able to draw upon to make our conversion to a Multi Academy Trust efficient, timely and cost effective.
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other schools wishing to embark upon similar projects. They have been central to the project’s success by supporting the development of key processes and documents in readiness for the conversion; their exacting standards and meticulous approach to paperwork have been exemplary and vey importantly served to build the confidence needed to manage a project of this magnitude. They are an outstanding project team- thank you!.- Helen Redford-Hernandez, CEO - Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust