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Friday 27th November 2015


...to your weekly news update, featuring articles from across Premier Education Group.

For more information on any of the articles featured below or for any general enquires, please email [email protected]

Unveiling Your New Hare & Tortoise Mascots...

The Hare and the Tortoise mascots are an ideal way to deliver the WOW factor to your customers and enables you to interact with children on your Inspire to Engage activities. Mascots at an event will make your brand stand out from the crowd showing a fun and memorable aspect of your service.

I mean, who wouldn’t want a picture taken with a big fluffy Hare or give a high five to a sporty Tortoise?

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Our Core Values...

#1: Be happy, have fun and give joy

Did You Know? We Offer a Targeted Email to Your Parent Database for Just £30...

If you don’t have the budget for a branded email campaign, then don’t worry!

We can provide a plain text email to your parent database, which includes our Core Value footer for only £30.

Franchisees have previously used this service to successfully remind parents of an upcoming activity or a special course promotion they may be running.

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Our Core Values...

#2: Create wonderfully enjoyable experiences

New Franchisees – With Our Support, Be the Best You Can Be...

Our strategic lead, Yvonne Gandy will be hosting a regular Q&A GoToTraining session aimed at supporting our new franchisees (and any others that wish to join in) in their strategic approach to schools. With Yvonne’s extensive knowledge of the current school landscape, these session are a must!

Yvonne’s opening session will be Thursday 3rd December, 6pm-7pm. There will then two sessions per month starting from January 2016.


Our Core Values...

#3: Deliver “wow” with every interaction

New Product Launch - ‘Tis the Season for Giving

Wondering what to gift your customers this Christmas? You can’t go wrong with chocolate! We’ve introduced two new products on the Irongate store perfect for gifting and promoting your business this Christmas.

Personalised 200gm Cadbury Chocolate Bars

Delight your headteachers this Christmas with a completely personalised Cadbury chocolate bar. The bespoke template allows you to add in the names of your teachers, your social media details and a unique message. Available now on the Irongate store in both Premier Sport and Premier Performing Arts themes.

Mini Christmas Tree Chocolate Tins

Available from 7th December, these Premier Sport branded Christmas Tree Chocolate Tins are a great gift for children and teachers. Each tin contains approx. 9 - 10 chocolates. Limited stock available so purchase early to avoid missing out!

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Our Core Values...

#4: Commit to continual improvement

School Portal – Dashboard Launch

On Monday 23rd November, the dashboard went live for all partner schools. It’s now up to you and your Activity Professionals to work closely with your schools and class teachers to ensure that the data going in to the BMS is ‘clean’.

If this is used correctly, the dashboard will be an amazing impact tool for both franchisees and their schools. This will of course save Activity Professionals time as they would normally create manual impact reports and end of year pupil reports.

This will be the topic for Monday’s Operational GoToMeeting, so if you have any questions please join us at 10am. Any email requests or midweek phone calls that Danny Melling receives will be added to the agenda for the following Monday’s meeting.

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Our Core Values...

#5: Build a positive team and family spirit

Catch Up - Yvonne Gandy’s Ofsted Inspection Framework GoToMeeting

Not get a chance to join Yvonne’s GoToMeeting last Thursday? Not to worry, please download the session now to ensure you’re up to speed with Ofsted’s Inspection Framework.


Our Core Values...

#6: Be adventurous, creative and open-minded

Power of Moderation! Interview with Franchisee Ian Wilkes...

Our Core Values...

#7: Nurture strong relationships through excellent communication

Last Chance to Book - Business Booster Day, Tues 8th Dec

Last month over 30 people from our 100 Club businesses attended a networking event and shared success stories to help push their business forward. Given the level of impact that business owners took from the event, it was recommended that the whole network would benefit from the same information.

With that in mind, we’re hosting this session again on Tues 8th December at the Lea Marston Hotel, from 9am – 3pm. Places are limited to two per franchise.

Premier Sport will contribute 35% towards each booking, meaning that the cost is just £30 per person.

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Our Core Values...

#8: Work smarter not harder

No.10 - Be Outstanding and Passionate in Everything We Do

Over the past couple of months, Operations Director Danny Melling has been working on a pilot to support new franchisees enabling them to accelerate their product and landscape knowledge, meaning they can grow their business quicker.

The pilot included new franchisee, Gareth Owen spending up to 20 days working within Danny’s business, shadowing staff and learning the ropes!

Danny commented, “I’m sure Gareth will agree, my staff have been fantastic and really supportive. I have done this without billing Premier Sport for the days given up by my staff and my business because I am passionate about what I do and want to create the best possible national strategy to support all franchisees. The pilot has been great and has allowed us to add and tweak processes ready to roll out to support all franchisees.”

Our Core Values...

#9: Remain above the line at all times

Importance of CPD - Are You a Unconscious Incompetent

Our Core Values...

#10: Be outstanding and passionate in everything we do

The Golden Mile Comes Up Trumps Again

Dan Gyles one of our new starters, has already landed a chance to present at a Headteachers conference in front of... wait for it... 40 headteachers, supported by the schools councillor and local MP.

The Golden Mile Director, Karl Fox commented, “huge credit has to go to Dan as he sent communications out to ALL four of his local MP’s and only one responded; but what a potential game-changing response that could be. Even if only 50% of schools engage, it’s still a higher penetration rate than the average year 3 franchisee. In essence, Dan could have saved himself three years work... Work Smarter Not Harder!!”

Finally, communications will be released next week regarding terminology for the ‘Road to Rio.’

The Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review - Summary

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, yesterday announced his spending and fiscal plans for the next four years and the remainder of this Parliament - putting forward his plan to achieve an overall Government budget surplus by 2020. Today’s Comprehensive Spending Review sets out the budget for every government department and the broad spending plans of Britain’s first majority Conservative Government since 1992, outlining where the spending cuts will fall to meet the Government’s plans.

Items of Interest to You

This Week’s ‘Words of Wisdom’ by Glenn Hoy

‘There has traditionally been an unenforced ‘downturn’ in sales activity between mid-December and mid-January’ informs Glenn Hoy of TIME Associates.

Adding, ‘In some cases a few will even wait until the next NTE (in February) to really refocus on sales. My tip is ‘do the maths’ – from 1 December until the NTE there are potentially 10 working weeks. Given schools are closed for two of those, your sales capacity is still at 80%.

Use this time wisely, take a well-deserved break but DO NOT STOP with your sales activity. You could be planning new meetings, preparing for scheduled or ‘ad hoc’ review meetings, finding out more about school via their websites etc etc.’

As well as providing you with some thoughts on the need for on-going sales activity Glenn has made available a simple but effective Sales Activity Planner that helps you allocate time each day so that you are not faced with a prolonged period of no sales.

Using the Correct Email Signature?

We’ve recently received a number of emails from business owners using incorrect email signatures, include logos from organisations we’re no longer affiliated with. These have included logos from AfPE, DKHLT and QiSS.

Here’s what your relevant email signature should look like –

If you require any additional assistance with your signature, email [email protected]

BMS Enhancements

Flood Fill Registers

To help you save time in the process of uploading attendances, there has been a ‘flood fill’ option added to the BMS registers. A ‘tick box’ appears by the side of the date (only once the date has passed though, this doesn’t appear until then). You can tick this box which marks all pupils as attending, meaning that you just need to deselect the odd one or two who may not have attended rather, than ticking circa 30 pupils.

Duplicating Pupils

From the ‘existing child’ list there is now a fast search function. This will assist with the reduction of duplicating pupils when adding children to a course register.

If the list is long, use ‘Ctrl-F’ as a fast way to find children, by typing their name. This will then highlight that child rather than you having to scroll through the long list of names to find the child.

Scheduled GoToMeetings...

Steve Girling - Finance, Mon 14th Dec, 10am

Join Finance Director, Steve Girling on Monday 14th December at 10-11am where he’ll answer your questions or queries you may have around the subject of Finance and covering subjects such as bookkeeping, cash flow, profit & loss, balance sheets, budgeting, forecasting, VAT and financial analysis.

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Danny Melling - ‘Schools Portal Dashboard,’ Monday 9am

Monday’s ‘Operations Business Development’ GoToMeeting will be discussing ‘Schools Portal Dashboard’ from 9am-10am.

If you want to add any points to the meeting agenda, please email these over to Operations Director, Danny Melling before Monday’s session.

Login details –

  1. To join the meeting, go to - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/250214829
  2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.
    Dial +44 (0) 20 3713 5010
    Access Code: 250-214-829
    Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
    Meeting ID: 250-214-829

Andy Heald - ‘Delivery’ Q&A sessions - Dates Below...

A regular ‘Delivery’ Q&A GoToMeeting with our National Quality Development Manager, Andy Heald.

Andy Heald will take any questions / queries / guidance he receives via email to form the agenda points in these sessions. The chances are, other franchisees/Activity Professionals with benefit from your question being answered.

Hit the button below and you’ll be given the option to secure your place on the following session/s -

Wed 9 Dec | Tue 5 Jan | Wed 27 Jan | Tue 16 Feb | Wed 16 Mar | Tue 5 Apr | Wed 11 May | Tues 7 Jun | Wed 6 Jul

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