Consultancy launched to support prep schools

The Independent Association for Prep Schools has launched a new service offering specialist support to members in areas like finance, recruitment and marketing

A prep schools’ association has launched a not-for-profit consultancy to support the changing needs of schools over the year ahead.

The Independent Association for Prep Schools (IAPS), which has 663 UK and international member schools, created the service after more than a year of “intermittent classroom teaching” and “unprecedented challenges” for the education sector.

The service – Consultancy@IAPS – will address all aspects of school life, ranging from strategic, financial and curriculum planning to marketing, extra-curricular development, mentoring and appraisals.

The consultancy will bring together experts from across the education sector and external businesses, including executive search and recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson, which will advise on new senior leadership and headship appointments.

Christopher King, chief executive officer of IAPS, said: “We are proud to be launching a service which offers schools such varied and specialist support as they enter the new school year and adjust their strategies to an ever-shifting education landscape.

“Working with external consultants such as Odgers Berndtson allows Consultancy@IAPS to provide schools with fresh perspectives, while our host of advisers from within the education sector bring a lifetime of experience to the table. We are excited to see how this unique offering benefits schools throughout the year.”

Over 40 consultants have already been appointed, with more lined up. All consultants have been accredited through The University of Buckingham and will offer bespoke advice on the changes schools need to make to adapt to a post-Covid education environment.

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