Letter to BCSE Members
I am writing to you as the new Chief Executive of the BCSE. In five years, the BCSE has made a great impact on the development of learning environments and shared best practice in education, design and construction across the UK and internationally. Led by the work of our founder Ty Goddard, we have provided a vital role in bringing together all those who care about the design and construction of schools from across the public and private sector.
However, we are now operating in a very different environment and we must build upon and expand this work in the face of our new challenges. In these difficult times, as we face the highest cuts in education in the last sixty years, collaboration is key to survival and innovation and the BCSE's membership remains a pivotal body in the area of education, design and construction. Our aim is to support our membership in the following ways:
The BCSE will EDUCATE our members
Research - We will continue to undertake and support cutting edge research to demonstrate and help us to better understand the impact of learning environments. From research around areas such as post occupancy evaluation to sustainability, we will support and lead research that will educate our members and the wider public about the importance of learning environments.
Business analysis research -- We will regularly keep you informed with invaluable members only research which will provide you with up to date information and business analysis on the issues that members are facing.
Best practice -- We will continue to bring together and showcase best practice from around the world through publications, events and study tours.
Latest news -- We will continue to keep you informed through members only fortnightly email blasts which will let you know the very latest in the area of education, design and construction.
The BCSE will ADVOCATE for our members
Events -- We will continue to deliver and expand upon our high class programme of events. From our Industry Awards, to members only events looking at the Priority Schools Building Programme, we have developed a range of events to meet your needs. These include exclusive members events as well as events for which you will receive a substantial members discount. I attach a provisional nine month programme of events to this letter to give you a taste of what we have to come.
Policy and Government -- We will work closely with DFE and PfS to inform education policy and represent the views of our membership. We will use projects such as the Decent School Standard to advocate for the best learning environments for young people. We will also bring to you information and guidance straight from Westminster.
Press and Communications -- We will continue to be a strong voice in the media, representing the views and concerns of our membership. We will work with national and local press to advocate for the best learning environments for young people using our relationships across general and trade press.
Partnerships and alliances -- We will work with key organisations to represent members views and interests, whilst also enabling you to benefit from other organisation's expertise and resources.
The BCSE will ENABLE our members
Programmes -- We will lead innovation in this field though programmes that are used to pilot and scale ideas. From areas such as basic need, sustainability and inclusion we will work with members to develop leading programmes on the most relevant issues. Building on projects such as the Big School Makeover, we will use these programmes to fill the gap and work together to think innovatively
Network and community-- We will continue to bring people together, creating a community that is able to use the BCSE as an independent forum for debate and the sharing of ideas. The BCSE will support you to share knowledge with, and learn from, our other members through formal consortiums and regular exclusive network nights for leaders in these fields to the next generation of talent.
Regions -- Over the next year we will be opening a number of regional offices around the UK starting with our head quarters in Wales this Autumn. This will enable us to be more responsive to our individual members needs with regional research, events and programmes targeting local issues and creating strong local networks.
I thank you for your support and hope that you will continue with us on this journey as we work together to create the best learning environments for young people. Whilst this is a challenging time it is also one of great opportunity and membership with the BCSE will ensure you will always be at the heart of all areas of change, innovation and reform.