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Meet the company helping Newham's schools run smoothly and successfully

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:35 08 August 2016

Anna Crispin NPW CEO at the company's office in East Ham

Anna Crispin NPW CEO at the company's office in East Ham

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For the last few years Newham schools have been steadily improving their standards with ofsted rating all schools good or outstanding.

This improvement has been due to many factors - one of them being the involvement of Newham Partnership Working (NPW) in helping schools run as smoothly as possible.

Anna Crispin, NPW CEO, explains the reasons for the improvements and the role they’ve played in assisting schools with back office services since 2012.

“It was a unique opportunity to work in partnership with schools to develop the skills they need.

“We are always looking for ways to provide services for our schools and education has changed since the introduction of the NPW.

“People would say that it is a stronger system being built because the autonomy is at the point of delivery,” said Anna.

NPW play an important role in advising schools and have recently been supporting schools on whether forming a multi-academy trust is the right move for them.

“We were trying to do was get away from the concerns about the status of schools and focus on the benefits of collaboration.

“The question is what things work right for groups of Newham schools and how should they collaborate in the future and how might being an academy support them.”

Another key challenge that Newham schools face is providing for the needs of different communities within the borough - an issue that Anne says gives parents a broader choice.

“The local schools are very diverse but that means if there’s a parent looking to educate a child in Newham you have a huge choice of schools rated outstanding or good.”

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