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With November’s COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference highlighting the urgent need to cut carbon consumption, we ask what action schools can take to safeguard the world for future generations. Our cover story provides expert advice on how to save money by rethinking your school’s energy strategy. We also explore the benefits and funding streams available for shifting to solar power and making buildings more eco-friendly (with additional products highlighted on the Resources pages).

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As ever, the key question for schools is how to deliver the high quality education their pupils deserve when state funding is stretched. In Funding the future, director of income generation Kevin Yardley describes how his school has been able to upgrade facilities and reduce teacher contact ratios by becoming a community hub for health and wellbeing groups and services. And in How we did it, development manager Sharon Noble breaks down the steps of how her school secured grants totalling more than £60,000 from the Wolfson Foundation.

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KEVIN YARDLEY is director of income generation at The Generations Multi Academy

Trust in Hertfordshire. His entrepreneurial background in the leisure industry has enabled him to develop transformative new funding streams and facilities at his school, including a flagship 3G pitch.

TIM WARNEFORD is a school funding and energy consultant, with extensive CIF bid

writing experience. A SEND governor at Wootton Academy Trust, his podcast series Welcome To Developing The Trust: Joining The Dots explores how schools can secure funding and maximise their assets.

AMANDA BURGESS is community liaison and income generating manager at Priory

School, Lewes. She worked for 25 years in the voluntary sector, gaining much of her fundraising experience in her last role as a project manager.

SHARON NOBLE is development manager at Chestnut Grove Academy in

London. She previously worked in community fundraising as manager of Sutton Ecology Centre, and then director of Vauxhall City Farm.


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HELEN BURGE is deputy chief operations officer at The Priory Learning Trust.

She is a fellow of the ISBL and school resource management adviser with Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust.

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