We wanted to keep you up-to-date with our plans for the future of our cleaning and caretaking services.
Next week, on 11 September, the council’s cabinet will discuss a report which recommends the council sets up a joint venture with Suffolk County Council to provide cleaning and caretaking services. You can read the full cabinet report here.
Suffolk County Council have a great track record in providing cleaning and caretaking services, through their subsidiary Vertas, to many local authorities and schools and should cabinet decide to approve the report we will enter into a period of negotiation with them.
Should these negotiations be successful, our cleaning and caretaking staff would TUPE to the new joint venture company by next March.
It is our intention that there will be no disruption, only improvements to the cleaning and caretaking services provided. The same people will be working at your school and will still work for the public sector.
We are not able to reach our front line cleaning and caretaking staff by email but are writing to them all. You may therefore see this story before they receive their letters, but we are happy for you to share this announcement with them if you wish. If you choose to do so, please reassure the staff that we will be writing to them and they should receive a newsletter shortly.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. We hope to meet with as many schools as possible through the autumn term at cluster meetings.
Dave Massingham, Director of Property
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Does Brexit mean no more GDPR?
Does Brexit mean no more GDPR?
Many of you might have been be hoping that the imminent UK Brexit would bring an end to GDPR. This may become true in one way, the General Data Protection Regulation will not apply to the UK after Brexit (depending on when, how and if it happens). However the GDPR is already incorporated into UK law by virtue of the Data Protection Act 2018
So come Brexit day the name will go but the rules will stay! Confusing? Well that’s what we are here to help with!
Much of the GDPR/Data Protection law is yet to be fully clarified or tested in the courts and each industry sector continues to try to interpret the rules in the context of its products/services/ways of working.
The same goes for the Education sector and here at GDPR for Schools we are busy writing guidance notes for our schools on things like consent, homeworking,
BYOD (that’s Bring Your Own Device, rather than Bottle) to help with the practical application of Data Protection Law in the school setting.
We have also developed a series of role and topic based training courses, for Governors, School Leaders and Business Officers, which are running though-out the Autumn and Winter Terms.
These courses are now available to book via our Information Governance and GDPR Support landing page or via the Training tab. Full details of all the courses can also be found on the Public Portal. so if you want to be less confused about GDPR, take a look at the site, or call our helpline on 01629 532888
Reminder: Book your place on the Store Launch Roadshow!
Book your place on the Store Launch Roadshow!
You may notice that when you click to buy a particular contract or service the system will take you to a new page which offers greater detail about the items you're purchasing. This is the first step towards the launch of our new store area, where you will be able to browse all our contracts, services and products in a much easier and more visual way.
The Store will go fully live in January 2020, but you can already receive hands-on training and find out more about the changes by attending one of our roadshow events.
Taking place across the county, our team will be on hand at each roadshow to provide full training, and answer any questions you may have about Services for Schools.
You can drop at a time that suits you and stay as long as you like. You just need to reserve your place via the links below so we know you're coming on a specific day.
24 Sep 2019 New Mills ACE Centre, New Mills (12.00-16.30pm)
23 Oct 2019 Swadlincote ACE Centre, Swadlincote (09.00-16.30)
04 Nov 2019 Ashbourne ACE Centre, Ashbourne (09.00-16.30)
07 Nov 2019 The Hub, South Normanton (09.00-16.30)
27 Nov 2019 John Hadfield House, Matlock (09.00-16.30)
All equipment will be supplied - you just need to get to us!
If you have any questions about these events, please contact the Services for Schools team on 01629 538191 or email email@example.com
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Newsletter - Issue Two
Please see the attachment for issue two of our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Newsletter.
The newsletter is designed to provide useful information, key dates, case studies and more, and is written by our team of TLA consultants, based on our day-to-day work in and around Derbyshire.
Attendance Management - New Training Workshops from September 2019
Four full-day workshops will take place across Derbyshire, during the Autumn term, for staff in schools dealing with attendance matters.
The workshops aim to equip staff to successfully undertake their additional responsibilities for dealing with school attendance matters up to legal intervention..
Training will focus on four main topic areas:
- Whole school responsibilities and preventative work
- The law in respect of school attendance
- Effective case management
- An introduction to new procedures for penalty notices and prosecution
Workshops are available on the following dates so be sure to book on:
23 September 2019 Makeney Hall, Belper
25 September 2019 Proact Stadium, Chesterfield
01 Oct 2019 Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton
03 Oct 2019 Hilton House Hotel, Derby
If you have any further questions, please contact Sue Bettney / Susan.Bettney@derbyshire.gov.uk .