Department for Education


The Department for Education was formed in May 2010 and is responsible for children’s services and education.



The Department for Education's web pages offer advice on converting to an academy and procurement information which has been created specifically for academies.


Resource management and buying

The Department for Education publishes online tools and guidance to help schools improve outcomes for pupils and promote social mobility by getting the best value from all of their resources.


These include:

•  improved schools financial benchmarking service that enables schools to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar  characteristics such as levels of deprivation and special educational needs

workforce planning guidance and curriculum planning tools that help schools review their workforce structures

•  guidance on procurement process


There are 5 national commercial deals available to schools including: 

FASNA – Freedom and Autonomy for Schools, National Association

FASNA is the only ‘not for profit’ national membership network for all schools. Our aim is to promote and secure autonomy for schools and evidence its success.  FASNA supports all MAT, SAT and school leaders. We provide our members with information, guidance, training and support and the opportunity to contribute to emerging policy and practice through our representation to Government and DfE.  


We strongly believe that school and MAT leadership needs to be joined up with governors, finance teams, headteachers and CEOs working together and we share this vision with ISBL.

The benefits of membership are wide ranging but, above all, we provide a forum and network where school leaders from forward looking, innovative thinking schools can inspire and learn from each other. Membership provides high quality professional development including; effective and accountable governance, admissions, admission appeals and budgeting. FASNA specialises in providing support before, during and after academy conversion and MAT formation.


FASNA represents the interests of members to Government Ministers, as well as to the Department for Education, and other educational groups and organisations. FASNA also makes contact with all the political parties to ensure that FASNA's views are understood as party policy is developed. FASNA is a-political.

Children's Food Trust

The national charity protecting children’s right to eat better and, so, to do better. Provides specialist support with improving school catering services, school food procurement and contracts, kitchen and dining room issues and running practical cooking activities with children.

Offers online training for school staff at, and a national award scheme for schools at Part of the School Food Plan Expert Panel. See


NAHT is the biggest school leadership union in the country and has represented school business leaders for over ten years, offering both union protection and  professional support and guidance. We campaign on key matters of concern for school business leaders, with a steer from our School Business Leaders Council. We also work closely with ISBL and have a joint membership offer that offers a 25% discount to members joining both organisations.

School business leaders can receive the following as NAHT members:

  • Professional and employment advice
  • Individual legal support and representation
  • Advice on education policy making, across phases
  • Full access to the NAHT website and advice
  • National collective representation on behalf of senior leaders in education
  • CPD (continuing professional development) training programmes
  • National and local conferences and regional and branch networks, including our annual SBL Conference
  • Access to the NAHT counselling and support line
  • Access to a variety of services from affinity partners
  • Personal advice on pensions
  • Access to a national policy voice for school leaders


SBLs can find out more about joining the largest leadership union for business leaders here


Established in 1956, PTA UK is the UK’s leading membership organisation for parent teacher associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and charity a charity which champions all the ways that parents can get involved in school life and education. In March 2017, PTA UK joined forces with Parent Councils UK to strengthen the voice and participation of parents in education.

We know that having a PTA or Parent Council is a characteristic of a successful school. It demonstrates parental engagement and attitudes to learning which are fundamental to school success. We want to make sure that every parent group reaches its potential and that every school has access to a parent group.

As well as helping parent groups, we have an ambition to support parent participation more generally in schools and education by engaging directly with parents, to inform them about things that matter and giving them a voice in education with government policy makers and education professionals. For more information please visit our website

SGOSS – Governors for Schools

SGOSS – Governors for Schools is the national school governor recruitment charity. SGOSS provides a completely free service to schools who are looking to find skilled school governors, trustees or associate members. Working with hundreds of employers across the country, SGOSS has helped to place over 20,000 school governors since 1999.

If you want to become a governor or would like help finding a new school governor/trustee, visit


As workplace experts, Acas exists to improve employment relations and raise levels of effectiveness, to build thriving workplaces and working lives. We provide free and impartial information and advice on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. And if things go wrong we help to resolve workplace problems.

Our Helpline Online and Helpline services provide straightforward answers to employment relations questions. We also have a range of online guidance, tools and resources available on our website covering a range of work topics from employment law updates to issues affecting working parents (

For clear confidential guidance about workplace disputes or employment law.

Phone: 0300 123 1100. Available Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.



Mission statement:
Our aim is to help Business, Educational, Charity and Sporting Organisations to co-ordinate and collaborate to help young people in their communities.

Who we are:
BECSLink is an organisation providing advice and guidance on the provision of opportunity and advancement to young people. With extensive fundraising and development experience in the education sector, we are experts in forging mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and charities, educators, and sporting organisations.

What we do:
We provide tailored advice and consultancy on corporate and social responsibility, corporate community investment, fundraising and marketing.  This service is geared around helping businesses, educational establishments, charities and sporting organisations to work together to improve the lives of young people.

All these elements are combined through collaborations of schools  to help young people.