ABLE’s Corporate Business Partners

Schools Advisory Service (SAS) are proud to be considered the market leader for Staff Absence Insurance in the UK. We are continually striving to make a difference in education by shaping the market and setting the standards for all to follow, offering a flexible and unique cover to give schools the best value policy available.

As well as ensuring our schools are financially supported when absences occur, we have developed our whole school wellbeing support to care for both staff and pupils, giving your school the best possible chance to succeed. We offer a range of comprehensive physical and mental health support to staff including counselling, bereavement support, physiotherapy, menopause support, weight management, SAS Gym, an annual nurse-led health screening day and much more. Pupil Wellbeing services designed to meet Ofsted’s new framework from September 2019 are also available for your school to access on behalf of pupils. Please click here for full details of our whole school wellbeing services.

Why Choose SAS?

  • SAS is a DfE Approved Supplier of both Staff Absence Insurance and Mutual Protection through the CPC framework – We are also the only provider recommended by the NAHT
  • In 2018/19 – SAS paid out a total of £60Million in claims to our Schools, settling 93% of all reported claims
  • In 2019/20 – 60% of staff actively remained in work while accessing our comprehensive health & wellbeing services, reducing staff absences at our Schools
  • In 2019/20 – SAS spent over £4Million supporting school wellbeing, much of which was linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and related mental health issues
  • SAS employ in-house nurses and a wellbeing-specialist team to support the health and welfare of your staff and pupils – with over 60 wellbeing support services available
  • Wellbeing Packages can be purchased as a stand alone service without any need to buy insurance cover

Don’t just take our word for it!

I can honestly say that working with SAS has been one of the most crucial decisions I have made since I have been Headteacher of my current school. When I took over the school in 2018, there was no staff absence insurance in place and, with exceptionally high absenteeism rates amongst staff, we could have faced financial ruin. The following year, after researching many different companies, I made the choice to go with SAS and I have never looked back. SAS’s sickness absence protection insurance provides comprehensive cover at a very reasonable price. Claiming on the policy is straight forward and hassle free, with payments being made quickly. I would urge any school/college to speak to the team at SAS to discuss all that they have to offer … I did, and it was one of the most beneficial conversations I have ever had.”

Rebecca Flynn – Headteacher of The Trinity Catholic Academy

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Ruth Humphries, MSc – SAS Assistant Sales Manager

After completing a Masters Degree in Occupation Psychology, I joined SAS in 2012 and have been a part of the company for the last 10 years. During this time I have worked across a range of departments and have gained an extensive knowledge of the industry. I achieved accreditation from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and was shortlisted for the Young Broker of the Year award in 2015 at the ‘Insurance Age UK Broker Awards’.

My favourite part about working for SAS is the great relationships I get to build with the School Leaders we support. Having previously worked in the charity sector, supporting victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking, I have seen first-hand the debilitating impact that mental health difficulties can have on a person. For this reason it is so important to me to work for a company that invests so much time and money into supporting the wellbeing of staff and pupils across the education sector. The team at SAS get to make a real difference to the schools that we support; from something small like helping with a claim query, to being able to get a person some much needed counselling support in a matter of days rather than months. Helping to reduce the amount of staff absences in schools really keeps consistency for the pupils, which is certainly needed at the moment.

SAS have been partnered with ABLE from the very start and I have personally really enjoyed being a member of the ABLE committee and seeing the huge amount of care that goes into supporting local school leaders. Please come and say hello at the next ABLE event and let’s see what SAS can do to support your School!

Breedon Electrical Fire & Security have been Partners with ABLE for 4 years now. Prior and during this time they have become the trusted business to go to for the majority of Facilities Management requirements of schools across the East Midlands. They offer a wide array of services ranging from your necessary statutory testing of emergency lighting, fire alarms & intruder alarms to the installation and maintenance of your automated gates, door access, CCTV and anything electrical. With all staff members fully DBS approved they have a track record of being swift to respond to your query, delivering an excellent service and basically be your advisor if unsure on anything within their remit. Feel free to email your query to

Andrew Springhall, Director- Breedon Electrical Fire & Safety

After a career as FD / FC in industry, in 2003 Andrew co-founded a private electricity new connections business which grew dramatically and was ranked 72nd in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 awards in 2007. That business was sold in 2008.

Since then, Andrew has been an active business angel, having involvement in 14 other businesses either through the Private Equity vehicle, Turning Point or privately. This includes co-funding the start up of leading Triathlon sportswear brand, Huub Design. Back in 2009 he also founded the Blusource recruitment group and over a decade made it one of the leading Accountancy Practice, Finance & HR recruiters across the Midlands. In February 2021 this was sold on to the management team.

Andrew now shares his time between his main business Breedon Electrical Fire & Security and the charity he co-founded with Colin Shaw, Big C little c (see below).

Breedon delivers electrical, fire and security solutions (including automated gates) to education, industrial and commercial clients across the East Midlands.

Finally, Andrew is a big supporter of local charities. He is currently spearheading the Big C Little C joint fundraising campaign for NSPCC & Cancer Research in the East Midlands.

Education Mutual is the UK’s largest member-owned provider of staff absence protection for Schools and Trusts.
As a trusted partner and innovator in the education sector, schools benefit from guaranteed budget certainty and access to complimentary healthcare services through their multi-award-winning protection.
Education Mutual is a CPC Framework recommended provider by the Department for Education (DfE) and their memberships are tailor-made to align with each school’s unique needs, securing extensive protection customised to fit your budget requirements.

How Education Mutual are different:
• Education Mutual is proud to be a multi-award-winning provider for their exceptional member experiences in both 2023 and 2024.
• They are the only FCA registered staff absence protection mutual.
• Member schools can access free flu jabs for their staff.
• Education Mutual is the only staff absence protection provider with a public review forum.
• Unlike staff absence insurers, Education Mutual has low running costs and re-invests all surplus funds back into schools and not shareholders’ pockets.

As a non-profit organisation, member schools participate in the decision-making process of distributing the remaining surplus funds through voting. To date, Education Mutual has reinvested over £1,000,000 back into the education sector and since 2018, has paid 100% of all valid claims made by their member schools.
All Education Mutual member schools also benefit from a range of comprehensive health and wellbeing services run in conjunction with their staff absence protection to support your schools’ staff and help reduce and prevent absences.

Kelly Potton, Advocate Director- Education Mutual


Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m the Advocate Director for Education Mutual.

My role at Education Mutual involves fostering connections and advocating for the non-profit alternative to staff absence insurance. I’m passionate about supporting our ‘by schools, for schools’ mission to further support Schools and Trusts in England and Wales with a new, innovative way to manage staff absence protection.

As the dedicated Advocate Director, I’m here to provide information and collaborate with schools to ensure they make the best decisions for their budgets that align with their staff wellbeing.

Zenergi is an energy and environmental consultancy aiming to make a positive difference in the world of energy. From gas, electricity, and water procurement, to bill validation, compliance, energy-efficiency projects, and renewable generation, we support more than 3,000 schools on their  journey towards better, brighter, and more sustainable energy.

We are delighted to announce we are now business partners with ABLE Supporting ABLE’s aim to offer support, training and up to date guidance to its members, we are here for all things school energy – from gas, electricity, and water procurement, to bill validation, compliance, energy-efficiency projects, and renewable generation If you would like to join more than 3,000 schools on their journey towards better, brighter, and more sustainable energy, get in touch Contact us

Bryan McCourt, Energy Solutions Consultant- Zenergi

Bryan is an Energy Consultant specifically for Education. Based in Darlington, Co. Durham for Zenergi, he is ideally located to look after Education customers in the North East of England.

Specialising in energy supply contracts and advice on energy efficiency works. Bryan is more than happy to visit any ABLE members schools to give free advice on how to save energy and of course…your school budget.

He is in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire on a regular basis and is proud to be able to offer members any help and support they may require.