6/1/21 – Debates continue over delivery and impact of virtual learning

Back in Q4 2020, we commented that the majority of trading concerns had faced upheaval and turmoil over the year and the education sector was not immune to the disruption caused by Covid-19.

Moving into 2021, there continues to be disruption with debate amongst and between politicians, education professionals and unions on the delivery and impact of virtual learning both in terms of educational content and standards along with welfare issues.

Over the last few months, our Education team has been contacted by proprietors of owner operated schools; group operators and investors seeking to enter the market – all with a common denominator – how to provide the best quality education with so many variables such as; classroom sizes, teaching/support/catering/activity bubbles.  Aside maintaining teaching standards, there is a raft of operational aspects to manage; regulatory requirements, property maintenance, educational suppliers and external contractors requiring access to schools.

Regardless of scale, the majority have adapted and learnt how to provide continued education, which alongside regular reviews and re-implementation of Covid-19 restrictions (often with little notice) to curb the spread of the disease has been one of many challenges.  These challenges will likely continue through the next few months but it is felt that light is in the tunnel.

Aitchison Raffety has been providing property services to schools for over 17 years and continues to be the first choice for specialised property advice. If you require a professional valuation of the land, buildings and operational business, contact David Mathieson on 07772 054563 or via email to david.mathieson@argroup.co.uk.