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Susan Young, education journalist, comments on proceedings as they happen live from conference

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A chance to meet the partners

User AvatarPosted by Susan Young Posted on 19/05/2013 13:31:54
A vast pile of cupcakes enticed delegates to find their way to the Education Broker stall at the conference exhibition.

The organisation is one of three partners of the NAHT, working with the association to help in its mission to support member schools.

Sue Birch and Jo Taylor, representing the company which provides insurance and other services to schools, said many members had come to find out more -- but that the cupcakes, complete with the Education Broker logo on top, hadn't disappeared quite as quickly as they'd anticipated.

"We've been fed too well here: the food was really great. Though we left some here last night and one or two went after the dinner," said Sue.

Across the foyer, Nick Morrissey from NAHT Assure had mints in tricky tins to entice delegates -- but said the support services they offered to school were proving very popular. "Our staff go into schools and hep with HR and other policies like payroll." It was, he said, practical help for schools at a time when LAs were often not able to provide it. 

Of the 1,200 schools using the service, around half were NAHT members, he said.

Ian Rowe, general manager of GL Education, said the materials were very popular with headteachers. He had given away almost a hundred copies of a brochure on how the company helps schools fulfil the obligations of pupil premium funding, he said. Other very popular services included those around assessment and also meeting Ofsted requirements on parent views on schools. 

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