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.

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

Interview with AirSupply

Are you looking for a way to cut recruitment costs? We spoke to the Chairman of AirSupply who specialise  in matching schools with supply teachers. 


"Helping you to find the right teacher for the right price."

Published: 05/05/17
Author: Kassie De Souza

7 ways to maximise your Pupil Premium FSM funding

Our Schools Finance Manager, Patrick Leavy, and Assistant ICT Consultant, Louise Watts, give some helpful tips on how your school can make the most out of FSM funding. 


There’s no such thing as a free lunch!

Published: 04/05/17
Author: Patrick Leavy and Louise Watts

Recruitment and rentention - what are we doing about it?

A word from the CEO as we enter the last term of the academic year...


"We have breathed a collective sigh of relief as the substantial changes to the funding formula have been put onto the back burner with the election and purdah."

Published: 25/04/17
Author: Sylvia McNamara


Everything you need to know about Data Protection...



Are you clued up on Data Protection?

Published: 11/04/17
Author: Julian Roche

Teacher Recruitment Fair 2017

Following the success of the Croydon Schools Teacher Recruitment Fair in 2016, the Croydon Head Teachers Association (CHTA) committed to proactively support Croydon schools once again, by running a third teacher recruitment event on Saturday 4th February 2017.



Published: 20/03/17
Author: Christine Lonsdale

What lies ahead for schools in 2017? A word from the CEO

Our CEO, Sylvia McNamara, reflects on some of the financial challenges schools will be facing in 2017 and how these will effect staffing allocations and training....


"There are many challenges facing us in Education, not least of which is a challenging financial situation in terms of overall Education funding"

Published: 10/01/17
Author: Sylvia McNamara