Stories of our impact

Too tough to teach?

Poverty, bereavement, domestic violence. These are just some of the challenges facing the students who attend the Ian Mikardo school in east London. The institution teaches boys aged 11 to 19 who have been expelled from their previous schools with social, emotional or behavioural issues, and are often deemed ‘unteachable’. Here’s how we’re helping Mikardo School improve access to, and quality of, education in the UK.

Funding the future

The teachers and support staff at the Mikardo School are working in the toughest education and social situations, helping to ensure the boys get a good start in life, despite the various struggles and crises they have experienced in their home lives.

Over the past year, we’ve helped to perform a strategic review of the structure and format of their financial reporting and planning in the context of their aspirations to become an Academy Trust. Our involvement has enabled the school to move towards a more sustainable long-term position, which will allow the incredible support they provide to the most underprivileged and socially at risk children to improve even more lives.

Influencing education in the UK

The school is just one example of our growing schools and academies business, which sees our people delivering challenging work with a direct influence on children’s education across the UK. This year, we’ve partnered with UCL Institute of Education to design and deliver a bespoke leadership training course to the chief executives and boards of Multi Academy Trusts. These trusts are formal groups of schools that give support to each other in developing and sharing best practice in teaching, high-quality staff and resources.

The academies need great leadership teams who have the ability to balance operational and financial management discipline with getting the best educational outcomes for the nation’s children. Our training course is developing these leaders and making a positive impact on the way in which the academies support the development of their pupils and their communities.