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FAO: Headteachers, School Business Managers, Chairs of Governing Bodies
It’s that time of the year again!
It is important to us that you are satisfied with our services so each year we ask for feedback on your experience through the completion of a short survey. This survey will allow us to assess how well we have done in 2019/20, and your honest feedback also helps us to improve so the more detail you can provide, the better.
The survey is now live on the portal and can be accessed via the ‘to do’ list section on your school’s landing page once you log in. Multiple individuals can complete the survey depending on who is most qualified and has enough knowledge about the particular service provision being rated, therefore, we recommend a collaborative approach with input from headteachers, the chair of your governing body, business/finance/operations lead and any other relevant staff that may need to be consulted. Remember that you will be able to dip in and out of the live survey and save your ratings and comments to be continued at your convenience.
The survey will be open for completion between Monday 13th January and Friday 28th February 2020.
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Payroll is Changing...
A new payroll system will be implemented later this year.
The current OneOracle system will be replaced by Oracle Fusion. Oracle Fusion reduces the need for some manual input and and will enable all staff to view their payslips online.
School Business Managers will be contacted in due course to outline next steps and you will receive regular updates via the Education Newsletter.
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90 Trees for 90 Years
To celebrate its 90th anniversary as a Limited Company, H W Wilson, one of our Brokerage companies, is planting 90 trees in 2020.
Underlining its commitment to preserving the environment, and wanting to create an important legacy from its 90th Anniversary, H W Wilson has announced the move as part of a wider initiative called ’90 trees for 90 years’ which will continue until its Centenary in 2030. The purpose of the initiative is to continue the company’s sustainability efforts and offset its carbon footprint. In fact, 90 trees account for 40% more than what guidelines suggest the company should plant as those guidelines state that one tree should be planted for every one tonne of carbon produced.
Trees contribute to our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. H W Wilson will work with Carbon Footprint Ltd who use the local knowledge and expertise of tree planting partners to ensure the right trees are planted in the appropriate places. The trees are predominantly planted in school grounds, reserves and managed woodland where they will live their natural lifespan and meet their biodiversity targets.
For every tree H W Wilson secures, a tonne of carbon will also be saved in the Brazilian Amazon via Carbon Footprint’s VCS avoided deforestation programme. H W Wilson will, therefore, be offsetting carbon, planting and protecting forests and biodiversity in two continents.
On 20 February 2021 the company will arrange for 91 trees to be planted in its 91st year as a Limited Company, on 20 February 2022 it will arrange for 92 trees in its 92nd year and so on. By the end of H W Wilson’s Centenary year in 2030, when 100 trees will be planted, a total of 1,045 trees will have been planted in the local area.
H W Wilson is working with Carbon Footprint Limited to secure these trees and have worked with schools locally and all over the country. Schools are invited to apply for free trees on their site. Applications can be made via Carbon Footprint's website:
Managing Director, Peter Wiffen, says:
“H W Wilson has always taken great pride in being a local company and has been Ockendon-based since its founding in the early 1920s by Henry Wilson. On 20 February 1930 H W Wilson became a Limited Company and we wanted to acknowledge our 90th Anniversary in a special way and there is nothing more special than investing in our future and that is what we intend to do this year and in the ten years to our Centenary in 2030. We will make every effort over the next decade to build upon our current extensive undertakings to offset our carbon footprint. We currently use the strapline ‘Building on our Reputation since 1930’ but with this commitment to plant an increasing number of trees over this decade we are certainly building for the future!"
"It is a privilege to lead H W Wilson. It is a proud company that has never forgotten its roots nor its traditional values of providing the highest quality service by using local experienced tradesmen and efficient management”
Arrange a ‘Safe Bus’ Day With TFL and Met Police
East Area Safer Transport Team, working in partnership with TFL Travel Mentor Team, Stagecoach Bus Company and Havering Council, can deliver a ‘safe bus day’ for students with disabilities.
The half-day sessions consist of a planned bus journey just for our participants, during which a number of ‘travelling safely’ scenarios will be enacted by Metropolitan Police officers in plain clothes while the TFL travel mentor will talk them through the risks and give them advice. Our participants will be directly involved in each scenario and will be asked for their input and how they would have dealt with the situation presented to them. The session also features an element of road safety.
Who is it suitable for?
The session is suitable for students who have a disability or are vulnerable of year 6 and upwards. We will explore all aspects of travelling safely through interactive role plays and the sessions are in a safe environment designed to help towards independent travel.
Stagecoach Bus Company will allocate a free bus for the day. During the session, the bus will take a planned route, attached.
• Teachers and students will meet the bus at Bus Stop L Romford Market
• There are two sessions: Morning 10:30 – 12:00 or Afternoon 12:30 – 14:00
• The bus will do two loops of the planned route leaving Romford Market and heading towards Queens Hospital, Rush Green Whalebone Lane and onto the London Road where the students will alight the bus and will be given Road safety instructions crossing the road and embarking back on the bus for the second part of the journey.
How many students can attend the bus day?
We are able to take a maximum of 30 students, a minimum of 10 per session.
If you do not have 30 students we can arrange with other schools/groups to fill up the numbers or please feel free if you would like to make contact with another school. Please do this prior to making your booking so that we have confirmed numbers.
Once you have asked for a date we will confirm with you if it is available. Due to limited space we ask that should a student need a carer you limit it to one per student.
How to book
If you would like to make a booking please contact Mel Marshall, Redbridge Safer Transport Team on 020 345 3466 or email, mel.marshall @met.police.uk.
Youth Unity Festival 2020
Youth Unity is a peace festival to celebrate young Londoners’ achievements and shine a light on the positive contributions they make to society.
The Youth Unity Festival will take place in Havering on 20th June, at Harrow Lodge Park, London Borough of Havering with the aim to unite our community and empower our young people.
Youth Unity celebrates young people’s achievements, encourages aspiration, and contributes to effecting positive change for young people who are disadvantaged by issues such as social isolation, hate crime, school exclusion, low educational attainment, anti-social behaviour, re-offending, unemployment and socio-economic deprivation.
We will host a football tournament with over 900 young people from across London coming to take part, with premiership clubs officially attending to talent scout. A music stage which we are working to make part of an accredited training programme helping young people into employment. Lots of great empowering things to help young people, lots of signposting to get help and advice. We anticipate Youth Unity to become the biggest youth festival in the UK with spin-off events throughout the year.
The key aspects of the festival includes programmes for:
Volunteering, learning and participation.Community outreach and engagement.
Sports - Pan-London five-a-side football tournament plus rugby, basketball, and other inclusive games...
Performing arts - music, dance, drama, circus, carnival, visual and digital media skills workshops.
Health and Wellbeing - mental health, sexual health, keeping fit basics etc.
We would very much like the opportunity leading up to the event to come into schools across the borough and talk about the great opportunities we will have on the day.
I have attached a PDF of the latest presentation deck about the Youth Unity event.
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