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‘The Store’ is live on the HES Portal
23 Sep
Are you responsible for purchasing services on the HES portal? We are pleased to announce that ‘The Store’, a brand new section on the portal for accessing and purchasing services, is now live. The Store brings together annual service packages, ad-hoc services and products in one place and makes it easier to complete your purchase. A simple, easy-to-use and informative annual order page allows you to quickly see what your school has purchased last year as well as what is on offer for the next year. To ensure you are able to use The Store and other parts of the portal confidently and with ease, we have produced a portal user guide. You can download your copy here. Do you have any questions or need help using the Store? Email the HES Customer Services Team at support@hes.org.uk or call 01708 431561.
Leading the Way - Leadership & Management Programme for Early Years Leaders
23 Sep
Havering Early Years Quality Assurance team are introducing a dedicated CPD programme called ‘Leading the Way’. The programme is designed to support school Early Years leaders with the broad range, and ever-changing responsibilities, of the role. There will be six sessions, one to be held each half term at CEME. Sector-leading experts, respected authors and Early Years specialists will be delivering key aspects of the programme. The first session will focus on the Education Inspection Framework and how Early Years Leaders can continue to shape a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum for all children. Further sessions focus will be available at a later date. Leading the Way- Dates and Times: Autumn: SESSION 1: Friday, 18th October 2019, 9.30 -15.30 (full day) SESSION 2: Frdiay 6th December 2019, 14:00-16:30 Spring: SESSION 3: Monday 3rd February 2020,14:00-16:30 SESSION 4: Wednesday 25th March 2020, 14:00-16:30 Summer: SESSION 5: Thursday 11th June 2020, 14:00-16:30 SESSION 6: Friday 19th June 2020, 9.30-15.30 (full day)
Havering Strategic Education Vision
23 Sep
Dear colleague, As you heard at the Education Strategic Briefing last Friday, the new Vision and Priorities have now been finalised, following our extensive consultation with the education sector and stakeholders over the last year. The final Vision and Priorities are attached for your information. Please share with your key staff as you feel appropriate. As part of our commitment to support the education sector, and build capacity for a self-improving system, the Local Authority is offering small grants to schools to work together to deliver improvement projects which support our three strategic partnership priorities - see attached. Projects should include a minimum of three schools, and the schools should not all be part of the same Federation or Multi Academy Trust. Applications must be submitted no later than 18th October 2019, using the attached application form. Projects should be completed by no later than the end of July 2021 but could complete earlier, depending on the nature of the project. If you wish to have an informal discussion regarding a potential project, please do not hesitate to contact me. Many thanks, Trevor
For the attention of the all State Schools: Letter from Lord Agnew regarding EU exit preparations for schools
23 Sep
Dear colleague, This email includes a letter from Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, and is intended for all state schools in Havering. The attached letter provides information for academy trusts and schools regarding EU exit preparations and includes links to the latest published advice from the Department. I would be grateful if you could please take a read of the attached letter, and ensure that you and your key staff are familiar with the department’s guidance on Brexit, included within this letter and online. Academy Trusts should also ensure that an appropriate person within your organisation completes the survey noted within the attached by Friday 27 September. A direct link to the survey can be found here. The Local Authority will be completing the survey on behalf of the maintained schools. You will see that one of the aspects identified in the letter concerns school food. For those of you who contract with HES Catering Service, please be assured that we have been working closely with our suppliers regarding Brexit, and the possible challenges this may bring. The biggest supplier of ambient/frozen and chilled goods have stockpiled, and our catering Butcher is confident they can meet demand. There might be issues with fresh fruit/salad items and vegetables in the very short term, which we will try to manage. If the challenges are greater than expected, HES Catering may need to amend the menus at short notice to ensure that all children do not go without and that all allergy information and carbohydrate charts are also updated. If this does happen, your flexibility and understanding would be most welcome, especially assisting in communicating with parents. I will share any further information as I receive it. Thanks, Trevor
Win £250 for your school from the London Marathon this term!
23 Sep
Through the award-winning Veggie Run campaign, your school has a chance to win £250 from the London Marathon this term. Havering Council has created a unique partnership with London Marathon Events Ltd. Organisers of the world’s greatest marathon, to encourage more schools across Havering to take part in The Daily MileTM – a global initiative to get pupils jogging or running for 15 minutes every day, at their own pace. Currently, only six schools out of the borough’s primary, junior and infant schools have adopted this healthy initiative within their school. To encourage schools to sign up for The Daily Mile, London Marathon Events will award a £250 prize to one lucky school this term and another £250 prize during the summer term. Schools just need to register at www.thedailymile.co.uk to be entered into the prize draw and the winning school can spend this money on anything that helps keep their children active. Veggie Run, the award-winning Council-created app aimed at educating children about healthy living, and rewarding them and their schools with sporty prizes will also play a key part in encouraging schools to participate in The Daily Mile. Cllr Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Education, Children, and families, said: “Through our collaboration with London Marathon Events, supported by Veggie Run, we aim to encourage more schools in our borough to sign up for The Daily Mile and support pupils to increase their daily activity during the school day. “Research has shown children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health improves with increased physical activity.” Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Events Director, said: “I am delighted to be working with the team at Havering to get more children involved with The Daily Mile. We want to inspire activity and help Havering’s primary school children to become the most physically active in London by inspiring fun, regular activity. My challenge is for every school in Havering to take part in 15 minutes running or jogging every day, it will make a massive difference to their health – and it helps them to concentrate in the classroom.” Elaine Wyllie, Founder, The Daily Mile said: “The Daily Mile is simple and free – it gets children out of the classroom for 15 minutes every day. Everyone can take part – the children an run at their own pace. I hope every school in Havering signs up to take part and helps their children get fit for learning and fit for life.”
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24 Sep
Manual Handling Course (September 2019)
This assessed course is aimed at employees who have to undertake manual handling tasks. This course includes large practical elements.
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24 Sep
EU Regulations
This session will cover: • Basic overview of EU Procurement • The impact of the Public Procurement Regulations 2015 • Procurement not subject to EU Regulations • Access to Contracts • New rules for selection • Tender Assessment and Contract Award
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24 Sep
Schools' Financial Value Standard 2019/20 - Overview
The Schools' Financial Value Standard (SFVS) is changing. The return required by 31 March 2020 contains a revised set of questions and a new benchmarking exercise that schools must complete. In this session we will look at the changes, the additional information required from schools and how best to go about completing the return.
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24 Sep
Familiarisation and Demo of the new ‘STORE’ purchasing system on the Portal
The SLA Online platform which is the public gateway through which schools in Havering and out of borough purchase services and training from Havering Council’s traded services (HES) was first offered to schools in 2011. The platform has become the predominant online platform for trading services with schools and settings in the UK with 64 LAs currently using the website for traded services. Over the past year, the HES Portal has been undergoing some behind the scenes changes that will affect the way schools and settings browse, order and purchase services. Some of the new features and functionalities include: • A new annual ordering page with greater clarity and visibility on what was purchased in the previous year as well as suggestions for the new year • A new dedicated area where schools and settings will be able to purchase ‘Products’ or tangible items. These could take the form of digital or physical products • A new look shopping basket with clearer display of prices, discounts, buying rules, T&Cs for specific services (where applicable) etc. • A new service provider listing page which clearly displays recent purchases and available products and services
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24 Sep
Hsis NQT - EYFS/KS1 Behaviour Management (Part 1)
An opportunity for new Teachers to come together in an open and reflective learning atmosphere to explore strategies that support a positive classroom environment for effective student learning.