8th October 2020
As part of our ongoing commitment to support schools in Norfolk and Suffolk and raise standards in education recruitment, we entered into a preferred supplier agreement with the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust back in January 2020.
There are 110 schools in the DNEAT Multi-Academy Trust, of which 34 are DNEAT academies, and a further 5 are academies within their sister trust, St Benet’s. The trust covers Norfolk and the Waveney Valley in Suffolk – only a stone’s throw away from our Norwich office.
All Diocese schools and Academies are united in their approach to education which is rooted in Christian values and mutual support. DNEAT Academies benefit from a higher level of support as well as a peer-to-peer support approach that sets them apart from other Multi-Academy Trusts.
We joined the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) preferred supplier list to support them with bookings on the revolutionary Supply Clouds app. Supply Clouds was launched to support schools to streamline their supply teacher hiring process, the platform allows MATs to work with their approved agencies while maintaining schools’ autonomy. MATs can use the Supply Clouds platform to oversee and analyse all academy spending via a dashboard, save money through efficiency, understand how your schools are operating and spot opportunities to improve.
We’ve since also partnered up with them on the CCS Framework, too, to support 39 schools with ad-hoc contingency placements. This dual approach means schools within the trust can benefit from pre-negotiated terms for both their long and short term recruitment needs.
The CCS Framework was launched by the Cabinet Office and Department for Education in 2018 to provide transparency of costs, control supply teacher spend as well as introducing standardised terms and conditions across education recruitment and establish a consistent approach to safeguarding and compliance. At Engage, we’re proud to be named as a supplier on the agreement, highlighting our commitment to fair, compliant and efficient recruitment practices. Find out more about the CCS Framework here.
As with all procurement procedures to join a preferred supplier list, we needed to ensure we matched specific criteria with regards to Compliance, Safeguarding and capacity. Only 17% of agencies in the UK are listed as a preferred supplier on the CCS framework – with no extension available for agencies who wish to join now.
Want to find out more about the CCS Framework and how it can help your school? Download our CCS Handbook here.
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