Social Values Statement

At Strictly Education, our approach to creating the maximum social value in the communities where we operate is underpinned by our mission and guiding principles – with a key focus on improving outcomes for children and young people.

Working exclusively in the education sector, we are mindful that we operate in accordance with The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which requires public authorities to consider economic, social and environmental wellbeing in connection with public services and commissioning contracts. It is our belief that our value to communities lies in not only the provision of improved and efficient service delivery to schools and academy trusts, but also through investing and making a social impact in the local communities where we work.

Our social goals are based around 4 distinct areas and many initiatives are driven by our educational proclivity and company values:

  • Building and sustaining excellent relationships
  • Valuing people and their differences
  • Challenging ourselves and each other
  • Protecting reputations
  • Being trusted to deliver great services
  • Striving to deliver excellent services

Through collaboration with our own employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders we are committed to enhancing both the lives of our staff and those within our wider community by focusing on:

  • Community Engagement
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Local Economy, Employment & Skills
  • Environment

Community Engagement

Encouraging staff to undertake volunteering activities that deliver benefits to local communities

  • The company supports five school governors and several trustees of local charities

Working with local charities to deliver additional benefits to the communities in which we work

  • On an annual basis several charities we support have benefitted from donations of £1,500
  • Beneficiaries include the Milton Keynes Foodbank and Night Shelter, Trussell Trust Foodbank, Harry & Edwards’s Aspiration Trust (HEART), Harry’s Rainbow and The British Heart Foundation

Helping local schools and organisations to make a difference for the young people in their care

  • Sponsoring Doverhouse Lions Youth & Disability Football Club – encouraging diversity and a more cohesive community
  • Donating prizes and book tokens for school projects including funding for Great Linford Primary School’s entry to Greenpower (a STEM competition where schools build an electric car and race it at Goodwood Racecourse)
  • Supporting our client schools with a dedicated Covid-19 hub with free to access resources and information including our HR online platform

Supporting our people and customers to live healthier lives

  • An annual virtual prize giving walking competition for employees and staff in the schools where we work. Last year 500 participants walked 300 million steps over a six-week period

Staff Wellbeing

Measurement of employee mental health and wellbeing

  • Undertaking regular staff surveys to identify any issues and who is at risk; last survey achieved 72% engagement score, which compares favourably with industry average

Provision of Employee Assistance Scheme (EAP) to all 250 Strictly Education employees

  • The same scheme is also offered to our school customers at a competitive rate

Availability of 12 qualified Mental Health First Aiders for employees to contact

Regular internal communications to enhance employee engagement

  • Termly staff newsletter (Strictly News) and monthly staff briefings with Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Fisher
  • Covid-19 Staff eBook to providing updates and protocols in relation to remote working, school visits and office working

Team building activities and social events

  • Many have been run remotely in 2020 due to Covid-19. MacMillan Coffee Morning and bake-off competitions, Christmas desk decorating competition, Christmas card design competition open to employees’ children and extended family and dressing up for events such as World Book Day

Local Economy, Employment & Skills

Procuring goods and services locally where possible

  • Three print suppliers based near to our offices in Dorking and Milton Keynes
  • Two mailing houses in Milton Keynes, providing postal services
  • Daily provision of food on site and buffet lunches to our Milton Keynes office by local independent lunch sellers and cafe
  • Annual staff conference held at the Milton Keynes Christian Centre

Creating employment opportunities within the communities that we work

  • Appointment of two apprentices into our IT and Pensions’ teams
  • Offering work experience opportunities for local young people

Providing our employees with new skills for the future workplace

  • Payroll and HR employees are provided with opportunities to study for CIPP and CIPD qualifications up to Level 7 and both apprentices are studying IT and Pensions qualifications

Environmental

Using resources efficiently to reduce waste

  • Introduction of internal paperless systems
  • Recycling of printer cartridges and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (W.E.E.E.)
  • Shredding and recycling of 200kg per month of confidential documents

Playing our part to reduce emissions to improve health in the local community

  • Introduced a Cycle to Work scheme which is available to all employees

We continue to monitor and report our social value impact and review our statement on an annual basis.

 



Amanda Fisher
Chief Executive Officer