Case study : The Department for Education

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Newlands Primary School,

Newlands Primary School,
Hampshire County Council

Children's Centre

Children's Centre at Winnal Community Association,
Hampshire County Council

Children's Centre

Children's Centre at Sunhill Junior School,
Hampshire County Council

Little Dragons

Little Dragons Pre-school
Buckinghamshire County Council

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WS Jackson and Associates were appointed by the NPS South East Ltd. in 2006 to work with it in a 4-year involvement providing technical advice to local authorities and the Department for Education (formally DCSF) in connection with Early Years Funding. The brief was subsequently extended to include providing Expert advice to the DfE in connection with its Schools Academies programme.

The brief included:

  • Regular meetings with the Early Years Lead Officers of 17 local authorities to review strategy
  • Providing advice to local authority officers and their external consultants on
    - project management
    - budget control
    - framework agreements
    - tenancy
    - capacity
    - estimating
    - construction procurement
    - programming
  • Auditing the expenditure of Grant by the Authorities on behalf of the DfE
  • Presenting papers at regional conferences
  • Providing expert advice to the DfE in connection with its Schools Academies programme


Testimonial from NPS Group

Services provided by Stephen Jackson have been not only in a quantity surveying capacity, but have also involved a significant amount of programme management and general client advice on education construction projects. Many of these have faced challenging circumstances, and often complex stakeholder involvement.

Stephen's technical skills have been highly regarded, and his judgement is valued, trusted and respected. He has excellent interpersonal skills and these, coupled with his mediation experience, have provided the necessary customer care and client relationships that ensure our commissions are successfully serviced to the high standard required by our key client. He is a consummate professional, with a high degree of tact and diplomacy.

NPS South-East Ltd