London’s ExCeL plays host to the Academies Show on the 29th April – the UK’s largest event dedicated to the academies programme.

Aimed at both schools considering academy status and those in the process of converting, the entirely free show represents not just valuable advice and information, but also presents schools and even local authority representatives with the opportunity to learn more about the freedoms afforded by academy status.

First run in 2012, the Academies has grown from strength to strength. This year sees a new “Estates Zone”, focusing on best practice in the management of academy estates and it promises to be a great exhibition with leading industry figures already confirmed as speakers.

In particular, attendees will be able to attend talks by the likes of James Miller, National Director of Estates and Technology for Ormiston Academies Trust and Andrew Redmond from the Academies Enterprise Trust in their capacity as representatives of the Multi Academy Trusts’ Capital Funding Network. In February of this year the number of MATs eligible to receive the government’s Capital Funding Allocation increased from 18 to 55. Both James and Andrew will be discussing the challenges and opportunities now facing these Trusts at the event – from estates strategy to procurement to managing capital allocation.

The self-funded network acts as a peer-to-peer mentoring group, where strategic and operational best practice is discussed and advice shared.

Having worked with Ormiston Academies Trust on streamlining estate management, ensuring statutory obligations were met and gathering lifecycle data, we were thrilled to find James keen to share his experiences with our mobile software in his recent article for My Academy magazine in the lead up to the show.

In his article entitled “Why Multi-Academy Trusts are in it Together”, James stated that Ormiston found Kykloud to provide:

“Far greater transparency and a continuously up-to-date understanding of the condition of our estate… and ultimately reduce our reactive and planned maintenance costs.”

For the full piece, read James Miller’s My Academy article here.