BITC Education Symposium

  03 OCTOBER, 2018      INDUSTRY INSIGHTS , CSR , CORE VALUES
Sophie Seddon sat on sofa

Our Head of Client Engagement & Communication, Sophie Seddon discloses her top tips for businesses and schools to work together successfully.

“I was invited to speak at the Education Symposium hosted by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday 26th September.  This was organised by Business in The Community to encourage and advise other schools and businesses to partner as the benefits are outstanding.”

The History of Novus’ Partnership with BITC

5 years ago, we were approached by BITC and The Business Class to partner with a school in Stoke–on-Trent who were going into special measures.  With no hesitation we agreed to work with them to help them through a very difficult time.  We saw an opportunity to get closer to the community we work in, but more importantly we identified an opportunity to work with potential future employees.

After 5 years of working with Thistley Hough we have carried out over 100 projects including CV workshops, mentoring, a scholarship programme, donated bespoke school books, built allotments, created a school bank and set up a bank account for every child, and the list goes on.  You can read more about our partnership here.

Top Tips for Sustainable Relationships between Schools and Businesses

After a very successful partnership these are my top tips for schools and businesses to create a sustainable relationship that really works:

  • Set clear, simple objectives that are easy for everyone to understand including the pupils, parents, teachers and employees.
  • Empower employees to design and own projects and give them the authority to see them through.
  • Be open and honest.  If something isn’t working speak up and move on.
  • Innovate.  Create innovative projects that are interesting for everyone to be involved in.
  • Don’t make excuses!  We are all very busy people and have our day jobs but take accountability and get the job done!
  • Have fun!  It has been a fantastic 5 years for us all and we have had so much fun along the way, so enjoy it!
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AS THE SCHOOLS CLOSE, OUR SUMMER REFURBISHMENTS BEGIN

Last week marked the end of a turbulent academic year severely disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, but it’s business as usual for Novus as our school refurbishments commence. Instead of putting our feet up or heading to the beach (at a safe social distance of course), Novus will be beginning their annual schedule of refurbishment and renovation works, moving into schools, colleges, and universities up and down the country. Over the next 6 weeks, our teams will be refurbishing classrooms, repainting building exteriors, and replacing flooring (to name just a few services), ready to welcome students back in September. When do the schools close? There are small differences depending on the individual school and your location, but the summer break officially begins on 20th July or 22nd July. Our previous work with schools, colleges, and universities Novus have held a number of long-standing partnerships with academic institutions throughout the UK, for many years. Our work streams are varied and diverse, encompassing building refurbishment, property maintenance, construction, and painting & decorating services. 1. George Heriot’s School – Classroom Refurbishment Strong relationships and a positive local reputation with independent schools in the Edinburgh area led to Novus being called in to refurbish 2 classrooms at one of Scotland’s most successful and historic schools. Taking place over the course of the summer holidays, the refurbishments were extensive and involved the removal of fixtures, fittings, and flooring. Novus installed new storage units and created bespoke joinery to produce new shelving and hockey stick holders. The project was unique due to the careful logistical planning required owing to the classrooms being housed within a turret with a winding staircase. Read more about this project here. If your school classrooms are in need of refurbishment, contact us >> 2. Manchester Grammar School - Memorial Hall Redecoration To mark the 500th anniversary of the school, Novus were appointed to paint and decorate Manchester Grammar School’s Memorial Hall. Novus completed the intricate internal redecoration carefully, honouring a school tradition of leaving one decorative leaf on the 12-metre high ceiling unfinished, while painting the rest. The colour scheme selected for the Memorial Hall was supplied by Crown Paints and the Novus painters and decorators carried out the work with the utmost consideration and respect. The work was later recognised and commended by the Painting and Decorating Association, stating that: “The company should be proud of their workforce and the craftsmanship demonstrated.” Which of course, we are. Read more about this project via the Our Work page. Can we help with your painting and decorating this summer? >> 3. Ferncumbe Primary School - Construction of a new classroom Novus were selected to construct a 125m² single-storey extension at Ferncumbe Primary School in Hatton, Warwickshire, over a 17-week period. The new classroom was built with a traditional cut roof with exposed glulam beams, toilet facilities, and an additional group room. Our team had to also make alterations to existing mechanical and electrical services in order to accommodate the new build. Ferncumbe Primary school now benefits from an extra classroom and brand-new toilet facilities. Throughout the construction, the school pupils took an interest and the teachers were able to use it as a learning opportunity, with a focus week on buildings. Students participated in digging, learned how to use a spirit level and even how to lay bricks. We hope that some of the youngsters were inspired to take up a career in construction one day! Read more about this project here. Does your school need a new classroom or bathroom facilities? Contact us >> 4. Unite Student Residencies – almost 1000-bedroom refurbishments Over the course of a summer, Novus refurbished student accommodation on almost 1000 bedrooms across 3 cities, in extensive redecoration and flooring works. Alongside the bedrooms, shared and communal areas within Unite’s buildings across Portsmouth, Bournemouth, and Bristol. The refurbishments on the James Watson Halls in Portsmouth, Marketgate accommodation in Bristol, and Purbeck House in Bournemouth took place over the peak summer period to ensure students were not disrupted during exam season. With students due back to resume their studies between September and October, Novus faced extremely tight timescales to complete the project on time. The project was delivered on-time and in-full. Unite’s project manager said: “We hope to build on our relationship with Novus and look forward to working with the team in the future.” Read more about this project via the Our Work section of the Novus website. Are your student halls in need of refurbishments? Contact Novus today >> 5. Keele University Walter Moberly Building – Minor Demolition and Internal Building Refurbishments Working on the Walter Moberly building at Keele University in Staffordshire, Novus were asked remodel the existing structure and demolish part of the first floor. Our teams installed a new floor construction at a higher level, thereby increasing the floor-to-ceiling height on the ground floor. The team also provided full mechanical and electrical upgrades and a major refurbishment to the building, creating brand new teaching facilities. Additionally, new toilet facilities were installed. This was made possible by the modifications to the existing drainage system carried out by Novus. Whilst the works were carried out, the University and its academic buildings remained operational, with minimal disruption to the campus as a whole. Read more about this project >> We will be returning to Keele University this summer to undertake more refurbishment works, watch this space for updates. 6. Combined Refurbishments Working with IQ, last year Novus completed refurbished a total of 290 Ensuite Bedrooms, 186 Studios, 54 Shared Kitchens and all the associated communal areas across the five projects at educational institutions. All in a total period of 12 weeks, with each project averaging just 6 weeks. Add to these the refurbishments carried out for UPP and Lancaster University, the number of refurbishments become over 500 bedrooms and 100 shared kitchens. A busy summer ahead With the schools set to reopen on 1st September 2020, Novus have a busy summer ahead and several tight deadlines. But, we pride ourselves on getting the job done on-time and right first time. Further examples of our work in education can be found on the "Our Work" section of the Novus website. If you are interested in finding out more about how Novus can help your school, college, or university, please get in touch with us today >>

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