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We aim to provide schools with a comprehensive range of insurance cover to meet your statutory responsibilities on the most economically advantageous terms
The Risk Management & Insurance team is a small dedicated team with a wealth of experience in insurance, risk and legal matters. We provide specialist advice for all your insurance requirements.
We aim to provide schools with a comprehensive range of insurance cover to meet your statutory responsibilities on the most economically advantageous terms.
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KS2 Educational Outcomes for the Academic Year 2018/19
13 Sep
Thousands of school children sat the KS2 Assessments in May last year and many were celebrating great personal successes at the end of the summer term. The hard work of the children and the planning, support and monitoring offered by teachers up and down the local authority has been seen in the early provisional data set that was released this week. Below you will find the early provisional data for KS2. This data is still subject to formalised checking and there may be changes to the final data which is due for release in December 2019 In 2019, at the end of Key Stage 2 (11 year old), 5,581 children in Kirklees schools were assessed in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS); writing; and mathematics. When reviewing individual subject areas, greater than national improvements were seen at the expected and higher standard for both writing and mathematics and as a result the gap with national is reducing in these areas. As a local authority, following the pattern seen nationally, reading took a slight dip at both standards. This has resulted in only a slight rise at the combined measure, where 61.8% of children in Kirklees reached the expected standard in combined reading, writing and mathematics an increase of 0.2% on 2018 figures. This places Kirklees around 3% below national. A table of results can be found attached here to the right.
Help us to Help You Event
11 Sep
Kirklees Children Services in conjunction with PCAN (Parents of Children with Additional Needs) is hosting a one-stop drop-in event for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities on 20 September. The drop-in event is a follow up to the Help Us To Help You events which ran throughout June and is the largest of the events. Building on the success of our June events and in direct response to feedback, the Council’s Children’s Service and PCAN have planned a ‘Help Us To Help You…Next Steps’ – our biggest information advice and guidance session so far. This one-stop event, which has an array of information and support services for parents, carers, and professionals caring for children with additional needs or a disability in one place, in order offer help and support and guidance and a fantastic opportunity for networking The event will feature over 40 stallholders, bringing together different agencies, providers and support services in one place. Representatives from health, education and community activities will all be in attendance and lots more. It offers families the freedom and space to find out what is on offer in their local communities, make direct links with support groups, meet the people who run the groups, and gather information and to talk about their child or young person – There will also be the opportunity to attend one of the following workshops: • Direct payments (10:30 -11:30) • What young people have told us (12:00-12:45) • Parent and carer engagement feedback event (13:30 – 14:30) This is a free drop-in event, and we hope you will find time to come along, we want the event to be accessible to all, so please let us know if you have any special requirements. The event will be held at the Textile Centre, Huddersfield between 10am – 3pm. There will also be face painting available for younger children and refreshments will be available to purchase. For more information contact 01484 456 847.
National Governance Association Model Code of Conduct for Governing Boards
06 Sep
The 2019 version of National Governance Association’s (NGA) Model Code of Conduct for governing boards and has been distributed to governors along with the papers for annual meetings. A digital copy is also attached to this article. The model code of conduct remains anchored in the Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity, accountability; openness; honesty and leadership. In addition to this, the 2019 version has been strengthened by the inclusion of the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education to help school leaders take difficult decisions. The NGA model code of conduct can be tailored to reflect your specific governing board and school structure. Once approved by the governing board, the Code will apply to all governors/trustees/academy committee members. We recommend that the code should be thoroughly discussed so that the whole governing board has ownership of it, and, once it has been adopted, the governors/trustees/academy committee members should be asked to review and agree it, on an annual basis ideally at the first meeting in the autumn term.
Welcome Back
06 Sep
The Governor Clerking Service would like to welcome everyone to the new academic year and we hope that you managed to enjoy a break over the summer. As mentioned at the end of the last academic year we will be communicating with governors a little differently, all future communication and resource sharing will be done here and on our pages on the Kirklees Business Solutions site. In order to make the most of the platform individuals need to be registered users. A communication has gone out to all school business managers reminding them to ensure that all their governors are signed up alongside some instructions on how to do this. We don't want you missing out on the news and access to useful resources we share so if you are wanting to continue hearing from us please speak with your school to make sure you're registered as a user.
Annual Governing Body Meetings
06 Sep
In the coming weeks the majority of governing bodies will be holding their annual meetings, we as a service are attempting to cut down on the amount (and volume) of papers governors receive particularly for annual meetings. Headteachers and Chairs will continue to be provided with all guidance documents required for an annual meeting and we have also placed all the documents on the Governor Resources page on the Kirklees Business Solutions site. Additionally for those governors who don't have full access to the site all annual meeting guidance documents can also be found here. In the future the only option available to us to share resources with governors will be this platform, if you require access please contact your school business manager and they should be able to arrange this for you. If you're having any trouble accessing the documents or would prefer paper copies please contact the Governor Clerking Service.
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17 Sep
Money Manager - Introduction to School Finances
Delegates will be provided with an understanding on how to setup and use Money Manager to record income and expenditure in a school setting. The coding structure will be explained and how this relates to both the Local Authority SAP system and the Governments Consistent Financial Reporting Structure for Schools. This is a practical course where the delegate will learn how to enter bank and petty cash payments and receipts, learn how to reconcile to the Bank Statement and create memorised reports that are used to complete the LA SEA return at month end. During the course central payments made by the authority (SAP) will be discussed together with Budget Monitoring Reports. There is a separate follow on ½ day course (Balancing to SAP) to show how to reconcile to SAP in order to produce Budget Monitoring Reports.
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18 Sep
Fire Safety Training - Competent Fire Safety Assistant
Fire Safety - Competent Fire Safety Assistant Course content: Current and future Fire Legislative Requirements The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Fire Safety Responsibilities Identifying Fire Hazards Identifying People at Risk,Practical Fire Risk Assessments Strategic Approach Practical Application Best Practice Fire Awareness/Prevention Reducing and Removing Fire Risks Record Keeping Review Process Complement Fire Risk Assessment.
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23 Sep
Early Years Provider Network
These meetings are designed to support leaders to remain up-to-date with national and local key issues and policy, to share practice and develop peer relationships, to provide a forum for consultation and feedback, and to offer a development focus on curriculum or standards. Tutor: Rachael Singleton Cost: FREE
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24 Sep
The CPA Approach: How to get the very best from your Maths Resources
The four sessions will cover: Session 1 : Numicon and Cuisenaire Rods with an emphasis on Problem Solving Session 2: Straws - how to make place value literally ‘child’s play!’ Session 3: Multi-link – it’s multi-purpose in shape, area, division and sequences Session 4: Playing cards - versatile and ace at supporting fluency
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24 Sep
Asbestos Awareness and PAMP Training for Schools
The course covers a broad range of information regarding asbestos, particularly in the school setting. What is asbestos? Health effects of asbestos Asbestos regulations Asbestos surveys How to manage asbestos How to avoid risk PAMP information Please bring your PAMP file with you.