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The UK's £25 billion Building Schools for the Future Programme is now well underway.

Where can you meet all central and local government officers involved in awarding the main UK contracts? Plus, key officials from across Europe.

Opened by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, our 4th Annual Education Conference will be the largest meeting of PPP schools executives this year. This event is truly unmissable.

The meeting will provide you with a complete roadmap to ensure success in PPP schools projects. The programme is packed with practical advice, tools/techniques and checklists to ensure your projects are a success.

The agenda includes updates on PPP education programmes in England, Scotland and Wales. With comparative case studies from Northern Ireland and German programmes.

Hear from success stories, and discover practical tips for success. Local authorities sharing their best practice case studies include:
  • Bradford
  • Sunderland
  • Bristol
  • Greenwich

What will you learn at this event? Eight key benefits of attending. find out how to:
  1. Identify the contractual frameworks for LEPs in procuring new schools within the BSF programme
  2. Assess strategic agreements and standard documentation
  3. Learn from the BSF Pathfinders and progress in wave one authority strategic business cases
  4. Understand the key issues in bid costs, life cycle costs and capital build for education projects
  5. Overcome potential pitfalls within the design and build process for PPP schools
  6. Model the financials for private equity in LEPs
  7. Get the mix of schools right (primary, secondary, special)
  8. Get the mix of scope (new build vs refurb) and scale right
  9. Enhance service delivery with lessons learned from key programmes across the UK and beyond
PPP Education Workshop-Register Now!

Back by popular demand, our half day Workshop on Bundling Schools PFI Projects. This workshop sold out fast last year, and promises to do so again this time. Please be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Plus, learn how to...
  • Choose the perfect PPP partners
  • Take advantage of innovative and flexible contractual arrangements
  • Avoid legal and contractual pitfalls throughout the procurement process
  • Enhance delivery of education support services
  • Plus, lessons from all the major Pathfinder Programmes

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stephen Matthew

Stephen Matthew, Partner, Head of Projects, Eversheds

9:10 DIRECTIONS AT THE NEXT SIGNPOST

Derek Collins

Derek Collins, Executive, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)

  • The new frontier: moving on from PFI to real PPP
  • The wider spectrum: from community engagement to shared service delivery
  • The vision: public agencies working together as strategic commissioners of services
  • A marriage of the policies: investment, service delivery partnerships and procurement capacity
  • Providing for flexible contractual arrangements - extended schools and integrated school based teams
  • Promoting wellbeing - learning lessons and applying principles for the partnerships of the future
  • 9:50 CREATING OPPORTUNITIES AND MITIGATING THE THREATS

    Mark Bramah

    Mark Bramah, Assistant Chief Executive, Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)

  • Securing value for money
  • Ensuring democratic accountability in education PPP schemes
  • Developing effective partnerships
  • Opportunities for investment
  • Delivering quality support services
  • Myths associated with risk transfer
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 LEGAL AND COMMERCIAL LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE

    Anthony Fine

    Anthony Fine, VT Group Four S, Kilpatrick Stockton

  • Lessons learnt from LIFT
  • New Funding Structures
  • Local Authority Participation
  • 11:40 THE PROGRESS OF EDUCATIONAL PPPS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Paddy McNally

    Paddy McNally, Head of PPP & Strategy Unit, Department of Education, Northern Ireland

  • The pathfinder programme – key highlights to date
  • Current position of PPP in the involvement of building schools for the future in Northern Ireland
  • The role of the Strategic Investment Board
  • The importance of forming strong long term PPP relationships
  • An overview and outlook for proposals in the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GERMAN PPP – THE OFFENBACH SCHOOL PROJECT

    Peter Walter

    Peter Walter, Elected Executive Commissioner (Landrat), Kreis Offenbach

  • Aim - to contract out a range of comprehensive management services, improvements and maintenance solutions over the next 15 years
  • The cost savings, efficiency gains and the considerable reduction in the backlog of improvements in schools
  • The Offenbach county and the progress to date
  • Identifying the potential of the German market
  • Investing in the future of schools and higher education
  • Taking advantages of the opportunities that lie ahead
  • 14:30 GETTING THE PARTNERSHIP RIGHT

    Catherine Broadbent

    Catherine Broadbent, Director, Ernst & Young

  • Is there an issue?
  • What is the issue?
  • What are the causes?
  • What is the solution?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 BIDDING AND SERVICE CONTRACTORS IN THE BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE PROGRAMME

    Bob Shekleton

    Bob Shekleton, Managing Director, Project Development Division, Mowlem

  • Understanding bid costs, life cycle costs and capital build for projects
  • Assessment of the market capacity in delivering and servicing schools
  • Negotiating contracts and applying the relevant standards
  • Reviewing the competencies in training and skills in the BSF programme
  • A look on how to manage and reward contracts
  • The collaboration and analysis of the geo-spread of projects
  • 16:20 IMPLEMENTING THE BSF AGENDA

    Catherine Burke

    Catherine Burke, Partner, Martineau Johnson

  • Avoiding the risks of benchmarking
  • Providing in-house services to LEPs
  • Selecting a partner under the new procurement regime
  • Creating the infrastructure
  • Too many eggs in one basket?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

    Amanda Nicholls

    Amanda Nicholls, Editor, PFI Intelligence Bulletin

    Amanda Nicholls

    Amanda Nicholls, Editor, SMi Group Ltd

    9:10 BUNDLING EDUCATION PPP CONTRACTS

    Evelyn McDowall

    Evelyn McDowall, Associate Director, Turner & Townsend Management Solutions

  • Consideration of the impact that a mix of schools (primary, secondary, special)
  • Mix of scope (new build v refurbishment) and scale can have on the structure of the contract
  • Payment mechanisms and the delivery of a successful project
  • 9:50 ACHIEVING AFFORDABILITY AND VFM

    Rebecca Pritchard

    Rebecca Pritchard, Partner, Grant Thornton

  • Costing at OBC stage
  • Revised PFI Credits: Allocation and profile
  • Determining the schools’ contribution
  • Sampling and variations
  • Benchmarking and market testing
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PARTNERING FOR PERFORMANCE

  • Four S – its origins and rationale
  • VT Group and its education and skills business
  • VT Group and Surrey Council – a new model for partnership
  • The procurement process
  • Future opportunities
  • Steve Clarke

    Steve Clarke, Chief Executive, VT Group Four S

    David McGahey

    David McGahey, Managing Director, VT Education and Skills

    11:40 BRISTOL

    Gordon Clements

    Gordon Clements, PFI/BSF Project Director, Bristol City Council

  • Pathfinder beginnings
  • The first BSF project
  • Hartcliffe Education Campus
  • The BSF programme
  • Progress to date and predictions for the near future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE EXPERIENCE OF A PATHFINDER LEA FOR BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE

    Phil Green

    Phil Green, Director of Education, Bradford LEA

  • Engaging and working with schools and local interest groups
  • Developing or refining the education vision
  • Achievement and inclusion
  • Developing the Estate Strategy and Strategic Business Case
  • Scoping the phases and developing the OBCs
  • Managing the process and developing structures for development and delivery
  • 14:30 IDENTIFYING THE OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS

    Dr Harry O’Neill

    Dr Harry O’Neill, BSF Project Director, City of Sunderland

  • BSF and the future educational vision: the opportunity
  • LEP/LEA relationships
  • The LEP as a provider of services
  • Affordability issues of PFI
  • Seeking value for money – a common theme
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE EXPERIENCES OF A BSF PATHFINDER

    Sue Sanders

    Sue Sanders, Project Director, London Borough of Greenwich

  • Background to our pathfinder
  • Our requirements of a strategic partner
  • Progress to date
  • Lessons learnt
  • 16:20 DELIVERING BSF

    Jonathan Stewart

    Jonathan Stewart, Head of PPP/PFI, Gleeds Management Services

  • Developing the LEP structure
  • Scope of LEP services
  • Managing stakeholders
  • Developing SBC & OBC
  • Approvals
  • Private sector partners interests
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    3rd November 2004
    London, United Kingdom

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    London EC1N 8HN
    United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues

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