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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 6th April 2020: Urgent PPE – Visors, School Meals, Attendance Recording, and Arrangements for Awarding GCSE’s, AS & A Levels in Summer 2020
06 Apr
Dear Colleagues, To keep you all up-to-date with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and help protect yourself and others, we will be issuing regular updates. Over the Easter period, recognising that schools and early years providers will be stretched even more than they have been the past two weeks, we will limit the number of updates, and only send updates that contain significant and/or urgent information. This update includes further information regarding Urgent PPE – Visors, School Meals, Attendance Recording, and Arrangements for Awarding GCSE’s, AS & A Levels in Summer 2020. Thanks, Trevor Keep up-to-date with advice and guidance regarding this issue here. We have created a dedicated online training & resources page. To view, click here. ***
HES Celebrates Education Resources Award Win Thanks to Collaboration With Schools
06 Apr
We are proud to announce that HES came out on top in the award category for ‘Collaboration between school and supplier’ at this year's Education Resources Awards (ERAs), recognising our customer-centric approach which delivers positive impact for schools. At the heart of our way of working is our unwavering dedication to working in close partnership with schools and settings, including academies, colleges and early years providers in the borough in providing innovative and high quality support services, including its highly regarded Brokerage Service. The Brokerage Service was established in 2014 to help schools procure safely and achieve as well as to entrench best practice in procurement across the education community. This service has been instrumental in securing cost-savings and streamlining the procurement processes for schools, enabling them to allocate more budget to vital areas such as mental wellbeing training and teacher recruitment. Thanks to the unique operating model of the Brokerage Service which involves schools throughout the end-to-end procurement process, over 30 contracts have now been negotiated, saving schools hundreds of thousands of pounds. As Tracey Walker from Stotts Primary School explains: “We have made huge savings over the last few years through the brokerage service. The brokerage team works closely with schools and we as schools can only benefit from this collaborative approach to procurement.” Thanks to the excellent feedback we get from our schools, we now have schools in neighbouring areas approaching us about the Brokerage Service. The positive cycle of collaboration, cost-savings and additional revenue generation was a standout factor for judges. Indeed, commenting on this award the judges said: “This is an excellent example of how a borough wide service can support schools in effective procurement. This innovative approach, developed with schools, has already resulted in savings of over £700,000.” Trevor Cook, Assistant Director, Havering Education Services, said: “It is a pleasure working with the dedicated schools, academies, colleges and early years settings in the borough, which makes this award win all the more special. Cost should not be a barrier to high quality goods and services which is why we developed the Brokerage Service to help schools obtain what they needed. We are delighted with the success of the programme and it is fantastic to see more schools collaborating as a result. This could not have been achieved without the talented and hardworking individuals in the schools and at HES.” The Education Resource Awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding excellence in education trade. The winning organisations were announced at the Education Resources Awards via a virtual ceremony on YouTube on Friday 27 March. For more information and to see a list of the finalists and winners, visit www.educationresourcesawards.co.uk
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 3rd April 2020: Educational Based Provision, Coronavirus Guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People, Guidance on Early Years and Childcare Closures and more
03 Apr
Dear Colleagues, To keep you all up-to-date with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and help protect yourself and others, we will be issuing regular updates. This update includes further information regarding Educational Based Provision, Coronavirus Guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People, Coronavirus Guidance on Early Years and Childcare Closures, and Risk Assessments. Thanks, Trevor Keep up-to-date with advice and guidance regarding this issue here. We have created a dedicated online training & resources page. To view, click here. ***
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 2nd April 2020: NQTs, Paediatric First Aid in the EYFS, Suspension of Training Courses/Visits, and Personal Protective Equipment
02 Apr
Dear Colleagues, To keep you all up-to-date with the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and help protect yourself and others, we will be issuing regular updates. This update includes further information regarding Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers, Paediatric First Aid in the EYFS, Suspension of Training Courses/Visits, and Personal Protective Equipment. Thanks, Trevor Keep up-to-date with advice and guidance regarding this issue here. We have created a dedicated online training & resources page. To view, click here. *****
COVID-19 Update: Extended Suspension of Training Courses & Visits
02 Apr
Due to the prolonged nature of this COVID-19 situation, all HES off-site and on-site training programmes and school and early years provider Quality Assurance and Advisory visits from the Local Authority have be suspended until further notice. If you require a specific critical training course, and this can be delivered remotely, please make contact with the relevant department to make necessary arrangements. In respect to future resumption of business as usual, we will aim to give schools ample notice in advance. We recognise that the suspension of contractual visits and training, especially if these have been prepaid, may have finance implications for all parties concerned. To this end, you can rest assured that internal discussions are already underway within the Local Authority in this regard and you will be advised in due course. Please note that this information has been sent to all headteachers and business/finance leads across schools.
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