Business Continuity Plans - a statutory obligation for schools
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The Department for Education places a requirement on all schools and academies to have a business continuity plan in place. This strategic directive comes through the Academies Financial Handbook or the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS)
Schools come under intense scrutiny from media, parents and the wider public during an incident so it is imperative to have a robust, working plan in place. The implications of poor preparation are significant. Staff making critical decisions in a highly stressful environment often get it wrong. Negative media comment is common and with social media the news travels fast. Even worse it takes longer to get back to ‘business as usual.’ Many schools don’t have a business continuity plan or what they have is not comprehensive or exercised to see if it is fit for purpose.
There is often confusion as to who is responsible for it.
The bottom line is that for continuity plans to be effective they need to be developed correctly.
Very few schools validate their plans through testing. This is vital to ensure that when the need arises, plans work and continuity is achieved.
No matter how well designed a business continuity strategy or business continuity plan appears to be, robust and realistic exercises will normally identify issues that require attention.
If you’d like to find out more or would like a review of your current business continuity capabilities, we would be happy to talk with you.
We offer several services that include:
Full BC Management package - £450
BC Exercising - £250
BC Training - £ Dependant on requirements
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SWEET 2019 - *Revised Date 2nd October 2019*
Somerset County Council Schools and Traded ICT team www.sccict.co.uk/sweet-2019 are hosting a one day conference held at Dillington House, Ilminster. The event will be an opportunity for schools to take part in an informative and engaging day that will showcase educational technology that is currently available to them. There will be workshops, presentations and trade stands where you will have the opportunity to talk first hand with companies from within the industry.
We are pleased to announce that Google, Microsoft & Apple will each be present for the day and will deliver the following:
Google - Key note presentation - Google in Education delivered by Roger Slade (Google Account Manager – South)
Workshop – Google Classroom your mission control delivered by Roger Slade & Jason Tye
Microsoft – Key note presentation - How Technology has helped my school, Join this showcase school to learn how with leadership, technology can truly improve your teachers’ time in the classroom and help impact student outcomes. Join this school to hear how their digital journey improved their experience in and out of the classroom - Headteacher (showcase school TBC)
Workshop – Introduction to O365. Join us to see how Office 365 can be used in the classroom beyond PowerPoint and Exchange with Teams and OneNote engaging, enthusing and delighting your students while giving you more time to focus on teaching. delivered by Callum Paine, Modern Classroom Specialist.
Apple – Key note presentation - Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology delivered by delivered by Apple Education
Workshop - Evidence-Informed approaches to using technology to raise attainment delivered by Apple Education
For more information and details of the programme please follow this link - www.sccict.co.uk/sweet-2019
Price is £15 per person.
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Low Incidence SEN Training - 03 July 2019
To develop knowledge and understanding of identification, strategies and interventions to support pupils with a hearing or visual impairment or physical and medical needs
The SEND Code of Practice focuses on inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning; ‘Where a pupil is identified with SEN, schools should take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective SEN provision in place’ [DFE 6.44]
The day will explore the current understanding of hearing, visual, physical and medical needs and their impact on learning. It will cover the role of the teams involved and explore.
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Somerset Schools Vacancies - Now on the SSE website
The Somerset Teaching Vacancy and Blue Sheet Vacancy Bulletins can now be found on the SSE website.
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Somerset Wellbeing Framework Celebration Event - Read More
Somerset Wellbeing Framework Celebration Event
4th July 9.30am-4.30pm
Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton
To mark the end of the first year of the Somerset Wellbeing Framework, Public Health and The SHARE Team are hosting a celebration and awards event to recognise the amazing work schools have been doing to support and promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Since the June 2018 launch of the Wellbeing Framework, around 60 schools have been developing projects, interventions and policies that support a whole school approach to mental health. This event will provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work that has taken place and to inspire new schools to take part.
The event will include:
An overview of Mental Health in Schools - An updateon local and national policy and future investment
Wellbeing Champions - young people talk about the role they have in supporting mental health in their school
Staff Wellbeing and Development - Emotion Coaching and LIFEbeat PSHE CPD
The SHARE Team - Achievements from Year 2
Involving Parents - Positive outcomes from the Tuning into Teens programme
Building a Wellbeing Community – linking schools across the county
Examples of good practice, resources and activities to take away linked to the Pillars of Wellbeing - led by staff and pupils
Congratulations - Awards ceremony led by Director of Public Health Trudi Grant & Cllr Christine Lawrence
To book your place at this exciting event please register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-celebration-event-tickets-60519937763