Operational Support

Operational Support

Lydiate Learning Trust offers operational support across five key areas:


Facilities management

  • Asset Management including the use of the CAPEX programme, Asset management plan and Asset Register
  • Conditional Improvement Funding bidding or other Funding opportunities
  • Health and Safety Management, including Audit, Risk Assessments and reporting of RIDDOR/HSE
  • Risk Management, implementing Risk Registers through to action plans to mitigate risk
  • Monitoring of regular testing – Legionella, PAT, fire alarm and extinguishers, emergency lighting, water coolers, regular equipment checks for workshops, playground equipment
  • Procurement of contracts, advice, monitoring, and value for money. Contracts include Grounds Maintenance, Utilities, Stationary, Cleaning materials, Catering consumables and many other Service Level Agreements
  • Planned Preventative and Reactive Maintenance process and procedures
  • Producing reporting dashboards to key stakeholders; SLT, Board of Governors and Link Partners
  • Specialist training to support the whole site, including Fire Safety, Manual Handling, COSHH, etc

Internal School Teams Management

  • Support in management of key school staff - office staff, reprographics, cleaners, canteen
  • Implementation of system and procedures, including specialist departments; Canteen and reception areas including SIMs, CCTV systems, Canteen ordering and tills
  • Audit of structure and performance against key performance indicators, providing advice and guidance
  • Training and development both of compliance training and best practice

ICT services

  • Support developing an ICT Strategy and replenishing ICT assets
  • SIMS and related software – advice, support, and guidance on the technical aspects of running a management information system such as SIMS. Guidance and support with the upgrade processes and tasks associated with SIMS
  • Hardware – advice, support and guidance on the procurement and provision of new hardware such as laptops, desktop PCs and servers. Guidance on both wireless and wired networking within school
  • Office365/Cloud based options – advice, support, and guidance on implementing and using cloud based collaborative tools. Guidance on transitioning from on-premises email to cloud based email
  • Data protection/security/e-safety – advice, support, and guidance on best practice computer/mobile device usage when dealing with sensitive personal data. Guidance on content filtering and monitoring to ensure that safeguarding needs are met
  • Management and support of key contracts - Photocopying, Cashless Catering, Parent Pay

Marketing and Communications

  • Implementation of Marketing Strategy
  • Ongoing support from a Trust marketing manager
  • Enhanced Social Media presence
  • Access to Trust communications tools including design software, publications including newsletters, prospectuses and social media campaigns
  • Website OFSTED compliance reviews


  • Admissions policy - Advice, Support, and guidance
  • Management of the Appeals process, including clerking and mid-year admissions
  • Transition projects with Y7 and Y12 students

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