Havering Education Services (HES) has been shortlisted for the UK Customer Experience Awards 2019 (CXA) in the Product or Service Development category.
CXA is a national awards programme that recognises organisations and individuals who strive to enhance their customer experience through innovative means. The awards will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year and span across industries with large organisations such as Aldi, Sky, O2, and DHL all being shortlisted for the awards.
HES’ shortlisting is an important achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams and a thriving partnership model that is helping to enhance our offer to schools and settings. The shortlisting recognises our continued effort to strive for the best experience for our customers in Havering and beyond.
Trevor Cook, Assistant Director, Learning & Achievement, said of the shortlisting: “To be recognised for such a prestigious award highlights the terrific work our education service is doing. CXA is a national award programme and we have been shortlisted amongst some major players across industries demonstrating the high standard of our results and dedication to our customers.”
CXA ‘19 winners will be announced on Thursday 10th October 2019. For a full list of finalists, click here. For more details about CXA, click here.
Have Your Say: Personal Budgets & Direct Payments
Havering has developed a draft Personal Budgets guidance and policy and a draft Direct Payments guidance and policy to allow parents, families, carers and stakeholders to gain a better understanding of Personal Budgets and Direct Payments with an aim of increasing their use.
The drafts developed to date follow discussion with parents and stakeholders as well as an analysis of the equivalent documents of other Local Authorities to help determine the best approach for Havering.
The draft documents were approved by Cabinet on 10th October 2018. At that meeting, Cabinet asked that both sets of draft guidance and policies would be subject to appropriate consultation.
Havering are seeking views from parents, families, carers and partners of these draft guidance and policies.
The consultation is now available on Havering’s Citizen’s Space.To access, click here.
The consultation closes on Friday 20th September 2019, we value your contribution and would appreciate it if you could promote this within your area to ensure we are giving the opportunity to as many people as possible to give their views on the documents.
If you have any questions regarding the consultation, email Suzanne West, Commissioner & Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Schools via GLA Greener City Fund: Community Green Space Grants
Greener City Fund: Community Green Space Grants
Applications are open for round three of the Community Green Space Grants via the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The Community Green Space grants offer funding between £5,000 and £50,000 and schools can apply.
Do you want to create or improve a green space in your school community, and improve Londoners' access to nature? Do you want to make your entire neighbourhood greener? Or do you want to green your school playground to improve air quality and create space for natural play? The GLA is looking for projects across the capital that will make our city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved.
All Havering schools are eligible to apply with an application deadline of Monday 30th September. Awarded grant-funded projects will be received in November and gardening works will take place from January 2020 until December 2020.
The attachment in the Downloads section provides more information on which activities the grants will support in schools as well as how to apply.
Please ensure you thoroughly read the Grant Guide and toolkit which are linked on the enclosed attachment. To download the application form, click here and upload your application here. These links are also available in the attachment.
Applications close on Monday 30 September 2019 at 5pm.
School’s Out for the Summer! Advice & Activities for Parents During the School Holidays
Summer is here and parents can spend quality time with their children. For some, the summer holidays can be a stressful time as many experience financial pressures over the six-week period due to the extra childcare and food costs.
According to the Work and Pensions Committee, families are at greater risk of poverty over the school holidays when benefits such as childcare and free school meals are stripped. To help combat this rising issue many charities offer financial aid to those struggling or even entering debt during this period.
Havering offers some great activities and events for children during the summer holidays that include sports, music, arts and craft, along with holiday schemes that can be subsidised for eligible parents.
Find more information about what’s happening in Havering and charities who offer funding for parents:
Activities in Havering
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It's the Final Countdown!
There’s only 1 week of term left, and as the academic year draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to wish all of our school colleagues a happy and restful summer break.
Although most teachers and senior leaders will no doubt want to relax and unwind over summer, we wanted to let you know that we are available at any time through the holidays, should an unexpected requirement arise.
Our overseas team will also be working hard through the summer break, sourcing strong candidates for our overseas tour which commences in October, so if you do have any last minute resignations or illness, we’ll have a candidate pool ready and waiting to help.
Similarly, if you’re interested in finding our more about our overseas tour now that things at school have quietened down, we’re available anytime to discuss the tour, offer a free consultation or help you complete a school brochure.
We hope that you have a fantastic break, but if anything does come up through the summer, our consultants will be available to provide whatever support you need.