HEADTEACHERS, principals, business managers and bursars from schools in Thurrock met with more than 20 council service providers to discuss how support can be offered to schools.

The Thurrock Council Traded Services for Schools and Academies Expo, which was held at the High House Production Park in Purfleet, saw many schools and academies signing up to a variety of council services, including tailored support packages.

Carmel Littleton, the council’s director of children’s services, opened the event, which will become an annual feature in the Thurrock calendar.

She said: “I was delighted to see such a strong turn-out.

“The council is committed to supporting schools and academies in all aspects of their planning and resourcing in order to be able to continue to develop an excellent education service to the children of Thurrock.”