Our Partners

We work with some incredible partners – including institutions, charities, and alliances – to provide Schools and Trusts with an ethical approach to staff absence protection. Please see below a list of the impactful partners we work with to achieve our shared ambition of supporting and reducing absences in schools throughout the UK.

Our Partners

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.
Education Mutual are Department for Education-recommended Staff Absence Protection provider.

The Association of Financial Mutuals is the trade body that represents mutual and not-for-profit insurers, and friendly societies Education Mutual are Department for Education-recommended Staff Absence Protection provider. and other financial mutuals across the UK.

They’re a professional, authoritative trade body, committed to protecting the principles of mutuality. They endeavour to promote a better understanding of mutuals, encouraging mutual support and mutual approaches to business and public policy.

Education Support is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of teachers and education staff. Their free, 24/7 helpline provides immediate emotional support to education staff on 08000 562 561.

Their website features free, expert-led, resources, covering topics from burnout to bereavement. Their annual Teacher Wellbeing Index reports on the mental health and well-being of education staff across the UK.

The Confederation of School Trusts is the national organisation and sector body for academy school trusts. More than three million children are educated in our member’s schools and they work to drive real change to make their lives better.
CST support school trusts through practical advice, strategic guidance, advocacy, networking, and consultancy.


The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) is the UK’s only national professional body and has been established and supporting the sector since 1997.

At ISBL, their role in the education system is to set the benchmark for effective practice through sector-endorsed professional standards and provide development opportunities for their professional community and their institutions.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is proud to represent over 22,000 senior leaders working across primary, secondary and post-16 education throughout the UK.
They provide first-class trade union and professional association support to trust leaders, headteachers, deputy and assistant heads, SBLs, finance and operational leaders and colleagues with whole-school/cross-trust strategic leadership responsibilities

Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and related services. Deloitte currently has approximately 330,000 people in more than 150 countries and territories.

Their culture and purpose is to make an impact that matters, shared by their member firms all over the world.

Sports Directory is one of the leading educational suppliers of sports equipment in the UK. They sells sports goods and equipment to Schools, Colleges, Academies, Sports Professionals, Clubs and Enthusiasts across the UK.

Sports Directory is designed for those who love sports, keep up to date with all the innovations and know their brands. They sell competitively priced, well-made sports equipment with a sense of fun, style and attention to detail.

HFL Education is a leading national provider of school improvement and business support services, training and resources, that enable schools, settings and trusts to deliver a great education.

Education Mutual are the recommended Staff Absence Protection provider for Hertfordshire schools.

LASBM (Lancashire Association of School Business Managers) is a networking group for school business professionals (SBPs), founded in 2009 by a school business manager and based in the North West.

Their online community is a valuable resource, where members share information and best practice, as well as a showcase for our approved partners and other online sponsors. Membership is open to SBPs in all school and academy types.

OTSA is a partnership of over 300 schools and organisations that work together to provide professional development opportunities for people working in schools. They are a non-profit partnership that’s open and free of charge to every state school and setting in Oxfordshire.

OTSA believes that by working together to identify and develop areas of expertise, and then sharing them, we will be able to develop a system for self-sustaining school and setting improvement.

Hackney Education is the education directorate for Hackney Council. They provide a range of statutory and traded services to support the education of children, young people and their families in the borough.

They’re part of the Children and Education group directorate within the Council. Hackney works closely with all types of schools and settings in Hackney and provides some traded services to schools and settings outside the borough.


“Education Mutual understands the financial pressures faced by schools and is keen to help remove any barriers to ongoing professional development.”

Stephen Morales

Chief Executive

“Education Mutual is CST’s platinum partner for staff absence protection. Our platinum partners are chosen for their expertise and shared commitment to the sector by creating specialist knowledge to inform good governance, leadership, and management practice in School  Trusts”.

Confederation of School Trusts

“ASCL is delighted to continue a partnership with Education Mutual who provide a great alternative to staff absence insurance which helps schools to collaborate to achieve efficiencies and save money”.

Geoff Barton

General Secretary

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