Case Study - John Laing Charitable Trust


John Laing plc, one of the UK's leading investors and operators of public sector of infrastructure projects throughout the UK and overseas is supporting schools in the Swindon area in two ways.  The first is in supporting the PTI to bring their Heads and their teachers into contact with their peers across the country and to work with them to improve the subject provision they give their pupils.  The second is to foster a local network of schools that share good practice in areas such as governance, mentoring and links with local employers in the context of Business in the Community's (BITC) Business Class programme.

At a BITC Seeing Is Believing event, Chris Pope, co-director of The Prince's Teaching Institute met David Micciche, Health Safety Environment & Sustainability Director at John Laing, and together they quickly realised that the PTI could complement the support John Laing was giving schools in Swindon by inducting them into the PTI's flagship Schools Programme.

2011 Heads ResidentialThis led to the John Laing Charitable Trust fully funding the three-year programme of support at a cluster of schools in Swindon.  It began in 2010 with Heads of Science and Maths attending a 3-day residential event and joining the Schools Programme, and the Headteacher of Isambard Community School participating in a schools leadership conference. The schools are now being offered the possibility of extending their membership to English, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages.

Chris Pope said, "We are delighted to forge this innovative agreement with John Laing in partnership with Business In The Community. Many companies have valuable direct engagement with pupils and leadership in schools, but typically the engagement stops short of the heart of school - interesting teaching and challenging lessons. By choosing to engage with the schools’ teachers in their day to day classroom work through the PTI in addition to their work with BITC, the Swindon schools are receiving a comprehensive and holistic programme of support from John Laing that will result in their pupils being better prepared to compete in today’s competitive marketplace."

David Micciche said, “having participated in the BITC Seeing Is Believing Programme I am convinced that the value to a school in delivering both the BITC Business Class model and the PTI flagship Schools Programme would have far greater impact. Whilst the Business Class model provides strategic business engagement the PTI Schools Programme provides departmental head teachers with valuable support and tools to deliver new and innovative ways to achieve student engagement, not only improving the student learning experience but also the learning outcome”.

If you or the organisation that you work for are interested in supporting schools in a similar way to John Laing, please contact Dhivya O'Connor, the PTI's Senior Development Manager on 020 3157 7049.