The Octavo Partnership is a mutual venture between Croydon Council, Croydon Headteachers Association and staff to deliver high quality education support services in Croydon and beyond. Keep up to date with relevant news here.

Groupcall Xporter

An important message from our IT team regarding Groupcall Xporter. 


IT Warning - Groupcall Xporter

Published: 27/06/17
Author: Octavo IT

Attendance and Attainment: Showing Parents the Link

Attendance matters can be difficult to resolve and can become a real burden for both schools and parents. Our EWS Lead, Bhavika Sahiri, shares a different approach to tackling these issues by educating, rather than scolding, parents. 


"Attendance is everybody’s responsibility."

Published: 27/06/17
Author: Bhavika Sahiri

Top tips for converting to academy status

Our Head of HR, Cathy Brearley, and Schools' Finance Manager, Patrick Leavy, share their thoughts on how to build a strong corporate team for those schools converting to academies or joining existing MATS. 


"As with any new way of doing things, shifts and developments will take place as models become established"

Published: 20/06/17
Author: Cathy Brearley and Patrick Leavy

The New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The new GDPR will come in to effect on 25 May 2018. This Regulation will replace the current Data Protection Act 1998. How do these changes affect your school and who should be worrying about it?


Everything you need to know about GDPR

Published: 13/06/17
Author: Graham Mayes

Airsupply: The Inspiration behind the company

After introducing Airsupply and their online 'matching' system for supply teacher placements last month, we spoke with the company's CEO, Karin Hogsander, on why she founded the company and the importance it has in today's landscape. 


Entrepreneur launches game changing service with Croydon teachers

Published: 06/06/17
Author: Kassie De Souza

Welcome back! A word from the CEO

Our CEO, Sylvia McNamara, welcomes schools, staff and pupils back to the last half term of the academic year...


"There is good coverage in the press currently about the impact of the cuts on school budgets and the ways in which schools are trying to manage these."

Published: 06/06/17
Author: Sylvia McNamara

E-Learning Tender Request

Octavo Partnership would like to enhance its services through offering its curriculum online with effect from 1 October 2017. The tender process is now open! 


Tender process now open

Published: 25/05/17
Author: Tamsin Mills

NQT Induction Service

Many schools will have appointed NQTs to start in September, and now is the time to be making arrangements for their induction year. As well as making sure statutory requirements are met, schools will want their NQTs to lay strong foundations for the rest of their careers.

Our Teacher Recruitment Consultant, Christine Lonsdale, discusses the importance of inducting NQTs to ensure they, and you, get the best possible support. 


"The right training and supervision support for an NQT in their first year can ensure that they stay committed to teaching and enjoy a long, successful teaching career. "

Published: 23/05/17
Author: Christine Lonsdale

Tips for protecting your school

In light of the cyber attacks affecting the NHS and other organisations last week, our Senior ICT Technician, Nick Lee, has some advice for schools. 


Protecting your school from cyber attacks

Published: 15/05/17
Author: Nick Lee, Octavo IT

Governance that works for Everyone

Octavo Governor Services are pleased to announce their first
governor conference on Saturday 14 October 2017 at the Selsdon Park Hotel, from 10:00 – 15:00. 

School Governance Consultant, Michelle Graydon, discusses why continuing professional development is a vital part of any governors role. 


Why CPD is important?

Published: 10/05/17
Author: Michelle Graydon