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Partnerships for benchmark – performance management system

An innovative PA-developed system ensures value for money in England’s largest capital investment programme in schools for 50 years

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is responsible for delivering Building Schools for the Future (BSF), a 15-year programme that will transform education by rebuilding or refurbishing all of England’s 3,500 state secondary schools. As a central government programme delivered through local government, strong performance management is critical to ensure value is being delivered. PA Consulting Group (PA) helped PfS take a unique approach to benchmarking and performance management, building a tool in six months that enabled the change.

The project gives government real visibility of information providing PfS with management information for every project, capturing data and allowing analysis at national, regional, school and even building-block level across three dimensions:

  • Time – providing information such as average procurement and school-opening timescales, driving continuous improvement

  • Cost – allowing accurate cashflow budget predictions and benchmarking of costs – essential given the significant sums involved

  • Quality – capturing build-quality data to make cost/quality comparisons.

PfS aims to secure £5 billion efficiency gains throughout the lifetime of this unprecedented capital investment programme.


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