• Updated Service Information - Energy Management

  • School springs into action

  • Discounted Access to The Key Membership!

  • Ofsted research project: Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education

  • Top Employers to help all primary schools offer careers education to pupils

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Schools Planned and Responsive Repairs and Maintenance Service
***New Service for 2019***
In September 2017, at a meeting of North Tyneside Cabinet, it was agreed not to extend the current agreement for construction and housing repairs and maintenance services (including schools) with Kier Group Plc.

This means that the current contract with Kier Plc will end on 31 March 2019 and service delivery will return to the direct management of the Authority.

The Strategic Investment & Property Team, who lead on the development, management and delivery of the Council’s capital investment strategy (which includes the investment strategy across the school estate), have been working with a range of colleagues to ensure that a new Schools Planned and Responsive Repairs and Maintenance Service will be available from April 2019 as part of the Authority’s new construction offer.

Why choose us?

The new responsive repairs service will offer a wide range of services to all schools throughout North Tyneside including but not limited to:

  • General Repairs & Maintenance
  • Lift Maintenance
  • Mechanical & Electrical Services
  • Fire Alarms
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Domestic Hot Water and Boiler Maintenance.
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Updated Service Information - Energy Management
19 Mar
Take a look at our updated pages, read about the basis of our charge and see our billing schedule. Why Choose Us? We shall seek to create a culture of transparency, trust and confidence in our relationship with schools. We shall seek the best possible competitive prices through access to the NEPO contract. We have previously undertaken a price testing exercise using an independent energy broker for both Electricity and Gas, the results of both exercises confirmed that we are securing value via the existing procurement arrangements. We will continue to undertake price testing as necessary on a timely basis. We will undertake monthly analysis of costs and consumption through the TEAM SIGMA® Energy monitoring and targeting (M&T) software system. We will investigate problem areas using a range of diagnostic equipment and site visits. We provide a telephone support service on all aspects of energy. Whilst it has not been possible to implement a monthly billing cycle, we have arranged access to our Electricity and Gas suppliers online billing portals which enables schools to monitor monthly consumption and billing data giving schools better clarity to assist with planning for quarterly costs. We have introduced a formal issues management framework in line with our SLA framework which ensures that queries raised are managed according to communications protocols and SLA commitments to ensure resolution.
School springs into action
15 Mar
North Tyneside will be looking spick and span this spring thanks to the return of an annual campaign and commitment from the local community. With help from local residents, businesses, schools and community groups, the Big Spring Clean aims to combat litter and dog fouling in North Tyneside. And this week, pupils from Richardson Dees Primary School helped launch the campaign, which is celebrating its 11th year. The pupils were invited to take part in a clean-up of the school grounds alongside the council’s environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog. Cllr Carl Johnson, cabinet member with responsibility for the Environment, said: “As the council, we strive to make sure our borough is an attractive place to live, work and; visit, and we couldn’t manage that without the help of the local community. “The community involvement we see every year from the Big Spring Clean is fantastic. So many of our residents get involved and the pride they take in their local area makes our job so much easier. “I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone that gets involved when we run this campaign – so many people and groups in our borough work to keep their local area spotless every day.” Also part of the campaign, young people from the Princes Trust worked to transform an area at TyneMet College. The group took neglected planters and improved them with help from the council – planting bulbs to grow over the spring and carrying out a litter pick on the grounds. Running from March until the end of May, the Big Spring Clean invites the public to take part in council and community-led litter picks, that the authority will support by providing gloves, bags and litter pickers. The campaign has seen extraordinary successes in the past, with over seven tonnes of litter being removed from the borough when the initiative was ran in 2018. This year’s Big Spring Clean is part of the council’s Love Your Street campaign, encouraging residents to take pride in their local community. There are a number of ways residents can get involved with this campaign, including litter picks and flower plantings. The council will support residents in their efforts, supplying litter picks and bags for any street clean-ups and offering to collect any rubbish collected afterwards. To find out about council-run litter picks, or to organise your own, email loveyourstreet@northtyneside.gov.uk, or call 0345 2000 103.
Discounted Access to The Key Membership!
12 Mar
Don't miss out! Schools can benefit from 20% off membership of The Key. This exclusive discount will run from 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 in-line with the Governor Services SLA. If you purchase the discounted subscription for your school, your governors will benefit from instant access to the Key's bank of resources and toolkits covering all aspects of governance.
Ofsted research project: Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education
12 Mar
Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations. Ofsted carried out research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) in London. The research looked at 3 broad questions: What are schools, colleges and PRUs in London doing to safeguard children and learners from knife crime while on school premises? How are schools, colleges and PRUs in London giving children the knowledge and skills to stay safer in their local communities? How are exclusions being used when children bring knives to school? Overall, Ofsted’s study shows that it is extremely rare that children are caught up in serious violence on school grounds. However, it is also clear that schools’ valuable role in local partnerships is not being realised, leading to inconsistencies across London in the way schools respond. Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-stronger-partnerships-needed-to-tackle-knife-crime
Top Employers to help all primary schools offer careers education to pupils
12 Mar
All primary school pupils will benefit from world leading careers education developed by top industry professionals including the British Chambers of Commerce and BP. To mark National Careers Week, which runs from Monday 4 March, to Friday 8 March, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that the Department is working with industry leaders to help make first class career-related learning a reality in all primary schools. The Department for Education has published research that shows 96% of primary schools are offering tailored career activities to pupils, despite not being compelled to, and is committing ensure this reaches 100% by working with industry professionals. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “Careers advice has thankfully moved on from my school days, where I once did a multiple choice test and was told I should work in catering. “Good careers education is such a valuable asset that will help children to explore future possibilities and go on to lead happy rewarding lives. I’m pleased to know that so many primary school pupils have access to career-related learning to expand their ideas of who they could become in the future. “But we want to make sure that support is available to everyone and that it’s of the highest standard so that is why we are working with industry experts to produce support primary schools.” Schools Minister Nick Gibb met business leaders for a breakfast meeting ahead of National Careers Week. During the meeting, representatives from BP plc, UBS AG, the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), British Chambers of Commerce, the Education and Employers Taskforce, Business in the Community, Linklaters and Greensill UK, discussed the importance of modern foreign languages in careers education and agreed to form an ongoing network and to develop an action plan setting out how they will support schools to help pupils gain the language skills their future careers could require. Today’s announcements comes after the Secretary of State visited Barham Primary School in Wembley to answer pupils’ questions about his career as part of the Primary Futures programme, which gives primary schools access to a wide range of professionals, who deliver sessions that help raise children’s aspirations and counteract stereotypes about the people who do different jobs. Many primary schools are already thinking about how best to introduce young children to ideas about the work they might do in future. The Department, through The Careers & Enterprise Company, is investing £2million to develop and extend career-related learning in primary schools. A series of organisations have submitted bids for grants from the fund and The Careers & Enterprise Company will announce successful applicants later this year. This is one of a number of funds announced in the Government’s careers strategy to support the development and expansion of effective careers provision, focusing on geographical areas of need and targeting the most disadvantaged young people. The Careers & Enterprise Company will soon announce the successful applicants from a £2.5million pot of funding to help develop models for effective personal careers guidance in secondary school and the successful applicants from a separate £2.5million pot to develop models to help pupils benefit from effective encounters with employers.
National Apprenticeship Week
07 Mar
There will be plenty of opportunities to discover in North Tyneside as part of National Apprenticeship Week. It runs from March 4 – 8 and the council has been working with local schools and businesses to showcase the achievements and benefits of apprenticeships and highlight opportunities. A full programme of activities and events in the borough can be found at skillsnorthtyneside.org.uk. The week will culminate with the popular Get Up and Go event on Saturday 9 March, at the council’s HQ, on Cobalt Business Park, which aims to help young people and their parents/carers learn about opportunities across a range of occupational areas for which an apprenticeship can provide an entry route. The exhibition-style event features a host of employers and learning providers who are actively seeking apprentices for their business and aims to highlight the benefits of an apprenticeship for young people aged 15-19 and their families. The event is again expected to attract several hundred visitors on the day and young people can drop in at any point for any length of time during the session. Cllr Peter Earley, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children, Young People and Learning, said, “This event is a fantastic opportunity for young people and their parents to come along and learn more about the different options that are available to them in the borough. “Once again, the event will feature a wide range of businesses who will be directly looking to employ apprentices. I’d encourage as many people as possible to go along and find out more.” The session runs from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 9 March at the council’s HQ on Cobalt Business Park. Advisers from the Connexions service will be at the event to offer any advice or information, if necessary. For further information on the Get Up and Go event, contact the Connexions service on (0191) 643 6965. Find out more about apprenticeships in North Tyneside or email employability.skills@northtyneside.gov.uk.
Customer Service Success for Cleaning Services
05 Mar
Nominated for success! Huge congratulations & well done to the North Tyneside Mobile Cleaning team for being nominated and recognised for the Team of the Year Award at the North Tyneside Customer Service Awards! This is an outstanding achievement and is testament to their hard work over the past year. Well done and thank you to Kerry, Michelle, Suzanne and Karen in the Mobile team. Pictured at the awards ceremony, Kerry Cooke, Michelle Stonebank, Suzanne Keen and Paul Suttie, Operational Manager.
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16 Jul
SIMS.net End of Year Procedures Workshop - First, Primary, Middle, Special & PRU
This workshop will lead schools through all the procedures necessary at the end of the academic year step by step, with specialist help at hand. This will include: * Setting up next year’s pastoral structure * Setting up the promotion mapping for the new academic year * Using Intake & Admission Groups * Importing & Exporting Common Transfer Files (CTFs) * Allocating applicants to Registration Groups/Classes & printing lists * Checking Dates for Part-Time Pupils * Recording leavers
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23 Jul
Being an Effective Early Years SENCO
Does your SENCo have up-to-date training? SENCo’s need to know: • What the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (2014) are • How to identify children with SEND • How to plan for them and monitor their progress • Where to go if you have concerns about them • How to support parents through this difficult process Being an Effective Early Years SENCo Previous comments: • “Information clear and understandable” • “Good information of the role / what’s expected” • “Trainer has in-depth knowledge” • “Very informative” • “Chance to reflect on practice”.
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05 Sep
SIMS.net Cover 7
This course covers how to: * Deal appropriately with supply staff in respect of personnel records * Create and modify reasons for absence and closure * Maintain optional rotas * Define classes that do not require cover or should be suspended * Manage the expectation that certain staff should be required to more cover than others * Add absences and room closures and provide appropriate cover/invigilation * Book and use supply staff and agencies * Publish arrangements by print and by intranet * Analyse statistics for absences, covers and the impact on particular classes and students
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06 Sep
Introduction to SIMS.net
This course covers: * Familiarisation with the SIMS.net Home Page * SIMS Documentation and the Help Menu * Navigating through the SIMS.net Menus * Navigating through all areas of a Pupil record * Add/Edit Pupil information * Adding new Pupils * Making Pupil leavers * Export/Import CTF * Running basic reports
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09 Sep
BLAST - Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking
BLAST is a language programme developed by speech therapist Nikki Joyce. It can be used with all children in Nursery, Reception and also those children in Year 1 who are not at age related expectations by the end of the EYFS. Resources are clear and easy to use and a simple assessment sheet means that the progress of each child can be measured over the 6 week programme. The training would be SLA costed and an additional cost of £215 would be needed to then purchase the box of resources. http://www.blastprogramme.co.uk/product/blast-pack/ Working in partnership with ShiNE Teaching School Alliance. For more info visit www.shinetsa.com
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09 Sep
SIMS.net Attendance Training
This course covers: * Attendance module setup * Attendance codes * How to enter and edit attendance marks * How to record teacher training days and exceptional circumstances * Entering comments and minutes late * Dealing with unexplained absences and missing marks * How to enter a code over a date range and weekly patterns of attendance marks * Producing reports and letters * Housekeeping
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09 Sep
Child Protection Training for School Staff
This ensures schools meet Ofsted inspection requirements and promotes the safety and welfare of children in their care. These sessions may be accessed by those new to the local authority, new to school, NQTs or anyone who missed their whole school training and needs to attend a 'catch up' session.