Service Update re COVID-19 Purchasing of Annual Contracts.
New guidance for public bodies sets out how organisations like schools, local authorities and academy trusts can continue to keep the supply chain moving and protect jobs outside their gates.
The latest advice, published on Friday March 20, states that contracting authorities in the public sector “must act now to ensure suppliers at risk are in a position to resume normal contract delivery once the outbreak is over”.
To see the full documents, please follow this link.
The situation will be monitored and regularly reviewed, we thank you for your continued co-operation and understanding at this time.
Service Update re COVID-19 – 19 March 2020
As of Thursday 19 March our advisers will not be visiting schools until further notice.
Our normal cancellation terms will not apply and we will reimburse all in-school training that we need to cancel up until the end of March. We will be in contact to rebook for a future date when the situation is clearer.
Our Teaching and Learning team are working on ways to support schools to deliver remote learning. We will keep you updated as resources and support become available. In the meantime the team can still be contacted for teaching and learning advice.
Our Finance and HR services will continue to support schools remotely. Our Finance and HR services will continue to support schools remotely. Where on-site support for financial year-end or budgeting is
required, staff are liaising with schools to provide support where both parties agree it is safe to do so.
Finance delivery systems will continue to operate as normal. For Finance services please contact: email@example.com for the general finance helpline; firstname.lastname@example.org for any technical queries about finance systems and email@example.com for any training queries.
For Governance or Clerking enquiries please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will respond as quickly as possible. Communication on delivery and operation of meetings has been posted using Governor Hub and clerks have been communicated with on the options regarding meetings.
HR delivery systems HR WorkSpace, InfoSpace and Education Job Finder, will continue to operate as normal. The general HR helpline, HR Advice and Support, will be available only via email on email@example.com. HR Consultants will be available via their email and mobile phones for Heads and other senior managers. If your allocated HR Consultant is unavailable and
you have an urgent enquiry, please contact HR Advice and Support via the mailbox and they will put the Duty Consultant in contact with you.
The Music Service will cease to operate all face to face delivery in schools and all Hub events and training have been suspended until further notice. For any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Outdoor Learning centres at Holt Hall and Whitlingham Adventure will also be closed from Thursday 19 March until further notice. We will be contacting customers with further details.
We aim to provide you with continuity of service remotely wherever we can.
For any other queries please contact us via email@example.com
COVID-19 – CPD training
In order to enable schools and academies to prioritise having staff available in school, we will be pausing all continuous professional development centre-based training purchased through Educator Solutions as of Wednesday 18 March and up until after the Easter holidays. Our normal cancellation terms will not apply and we will reimburse all training that we need to cancel during this period. You do not need to contact us to arrange this, we will automatically reimburse you. We will be in contact after Easter to help you rebook your training for a future date. Our aim is to support you at this time and we will continue to keep you updated.
If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Google and Microsoft for remote working and learning
With the spread of COVID-19 increasing, more people will self-isolate or if the government imposes restrictions to travel restrictions or gatherings, it will limit the way we work face to face and essentially this will mean more people will look to work remotely.
Google and Microsoft have both released statements regarding their products and what is available to support education during this period, both offering their collaboration tools for free, although these may already be available to you as part of your ICT Solutions support.
In both scenarios, if you are thinking of using this with pupils you may wish to consider gaining parental consent first.
If you have NSIX accounts:
You will have access to Google Hangouts to enable video conferencing between remote locations and schedule video meetings, as well as G-Suite for Education applications such as Classroom to create assignments and communicate with students or collaborate on Google Docs or share files on Google Drive.
*Please note Hangouts is current switched off as default. If you wish to have this enabled, please can we have an email from the head/principal authorising us to do so. The email address to send this to is - email@example.com
If you have “Generic” @schoolname.norfolk.sch.uk account:
You can access Microsoft Teams via office.com and using your generic email account (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) and password and then you’ll be able to schedule and host video meetings. You will also have access to other Office 365 online applications and collaborate with others who have a “generic” email address at your school.
If you have your own Microsoft Tenant (Office 365):
As per the above with the “Generic” email but you will, more than likely, have all staff and maybe students set up with an O365 A1 licence. This will allow chat, online video meetings, sharing of documents, storage of documents via Microsoft Teams and access to all of the Office 365 online applications. If you do not have your own tenant, contact ICT Solutions to discuss the benefits of this.
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Please contact ICT Solutions if have any questions regarding remote working using Google or Microsoft’s offerings.
There are just 75 school days left to get ready for statutory RSHE!
There are just 75 school days left to get ready for statutory RSHE!
From September 2020, all schools must be ready to meet the new statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) guidance.
We're passionate about supporting schools to ensure compliance and deliver the highest-quality, evidence-based and effective teaching in RSHE. We have a flexible programme of training, curriculum resources and strategic framework tools to deliver the highest quality, evidence-based and effective teaching in RSHE including:
FREE RSHE compliance calculator - benchmark your current RSHE provision against the new statutory requirements
Statutory RSHE Support Package - includes a one-year subscription of our digital RSE Solution Resource, high-quality and evidence-based training delivered by our RSHE expert and a suite of tools to ensure your setting is fully enabled to deliver effective RSHE
Digital RSE Solution Resource subscription - also available to purchase separately, our Resource contains everything you need to teach
Training courses - delivered by Josie Rayner-Wells, National RSHE Adviser
FREE RSHE Solution Bulletins - sign up using the link below to receive free additional guidance and signposting.
Have a question regarding statutory RSHE? We're here to help. Email us or call us on 01603 307710. You can also visit our website or booking system for more details.