Service Level Agreements 2020-2021 - Now available to purchase
I am pleased to announce that your new SLA agreements are now ready to purchase via My Schools Services, for the financial year 1st April 2020 > 31st March 2021. We look forward to working together throughout 2020/21. Please ensure that all SLA's are purchased by 6th March 2020.
The vast majority of SLA's from 2020 onwards will run for a period of three years. There will be exceptions to this, for example Building Services SLA, Tree & Woodland SLA and some ICT SLA’s which will run for a period of 1 year. This is to allow more flexibility to schools, for example; statutory requirements on premises are not always on a yearly cycle so schools requirements may change year on year. Advances in technology in the ICT field often means new technology can become available more frequently and again by offering yearly SLA’s in those areas it offers more flexibility to the schools. There are also services such as Education and Child Psychology and Careers for Young People which offer more bespoke advice & guidance, so again these can be purchased by the school/academy on an “as and when required” basis, so are exempt from the 3 year period. All services will clearly state the period of the SLA on My School Services.
Step by step guidelines on how to purchase SLA's can be found via logging into My School Services and clicking on "Resources" at the top of the page and then select "Step by Step Guidelines". Alternatively please see attached.
Please ensure that all SLAs are confirmed with Governing bodies, where required. A small number of services have made significant changes to their specification, so please ensure that you download a copy of the new Schools Business Services brochure by logging on to My School Services and visiting Services > Download Services Brochure.
We look forward to continuing to work with you to develop the range and quality of LA services further in order to better support teaching, learning and management in schools. We would welcome collective conversations about how we can do this on either an operational or strategic level.
Should you have a query about specific services we would ask that you contact the service lead, in the first instance. You can find our contact details here: http://www.myschoolservices.co.uk/Contacts
Step by Step Guidelines !!
We have had a number of updates to the online portal over the past few months. So to make it easier for our customers we have updated our step by step guidelines for processes and created an easy to access resource page to view them all in one place.
All step by step guidelines can now by accessed by logging into the system and clicking on: Resources (at the top of the page) > Step by Step Guidelines.
You will find guidelines on all the popular processes such as; how to purchase SLA’s and Services, how to make, amend and cancel Training bookings, how to run off finance reports and details on how to update your profile settings and alerts.
If you think it would be useful for us to add any additional guidelines to the resource page then please email the details to Stephen McNulty: email@example.com
Information Governance Support for Schools
Due to a number of requests from schools and a successful trial of this service, we are pleased to offer a new service to schools from 2020-2021.
The support service will help your school deal with Data Protection and Freedom of Information queries.
All schools in Warrington are responsible for ensuring that they comply with the requirements of both the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 and the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000.
Schools process information in a number of ways to meet statutory requirements and to improve the quality/standard of their provision. Information is shared with the LEA,
examination boards, parents, governors and other bodies. Schools hold information about children and adults and in doing so must follow the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
The Information Governance team providing this service are highly experienced in both the Data Protection Act 2018 (GDPR), Freedom Information Act 2000 and other related legislation.
Schools who purchase this service will receive comprehensive advice and support to help their school to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 (GDPR), Freedom Information Act 2000 and related legislation.
This service will support your school (especially your Data Protection Officer) to deal with freedom of information requests, data breaches, subject access requests, data protection queries and requirements.
It will also help the school mitigate against any potential action by the Information Commissioners Office.
The service runs from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, and the cost is £300 (early bird discounts are available for purchases between 07/02/20 and 09/03/20).
The following is included:
- 1 year SLA
- Access to a qualified DPO for advice and support via phone and email, from Monday to Friday.
- No limit on the number of times you can contact us.
- 15 minutes included for each query, £5 for every 5 minutes after that (this will be charged on an ad-hoc basis).
- Advice will be provided on subject access requests, freedom of information requests, data breaches, data protection queries and requirements.
- Regular updates, news and alerts regarding the data protection and freedom of information world (e.g. changes in legislation and ICO news).
- On-site support, subject to our availability, can be provided for an additional charge (estimates for this can be provided in advance, based on a rate of £45 an hour).
The Information Governance SLA can be purchased by logging into My School Services > Click on "Services" at top of page > the type "Information Governance" into search bar.
If you have any questions regarding this service please do not hesitate to contact WBC's Information Governance Team via firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01925 442405/2126.
Graffiti Classics Educational Music Workshops-
Graffiti Classics are a Comedy Classical String Quartet that are ripping up the rule book to make classical music fun and accessible for all. They have a fantastic outreach program and provide educational workshops to schools and colleges throughout the UK.
They hope to inspire the next generation of musicians and composers and their aim is to bring their interactive workshop and concert into more schools in 2020. We know that schools are struggling to fund workshops like these and are approaching Music Hubs to see if we could collaborate to allow Graffiti Classics to go into more schools in your area.
This quartet of classically-trained musicians are all highly-skilled workshop leaders, drawing from the best of both aural and visual worlds, creating an unforgettable and educational experience for children of all ages and abilities.
All workshops are tailored around the National Curriculum’s music syllabus and can be a bespoke workshop best suited to the venue.
Children will leave our performances having learnt about:?
???The String Family?
Each individual instrument and it’s attributes
Composers and Musical Styles
Colours and Textures in the music?
Separate performances to different age groups are offered within the same school on the same day. Graffiti Classics can perform to up to 250 children in 1 workshop and offer up to 4 workshops a day. You won't have the expense and hassle of transporting the children to an outside venue and at the end of the day, the whole school or college can enjoy one of Graffiti Classics' interactive virtuoso concerts.
Graffiti Classics Show Reel?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3_rgXjUtHs&feature=youtu.be
Graffiti Classics is perfect for introducing youngsters to the wonderful world of music. It would be an educational and enjoyable experience for all.
For more info on the educational workshops, please go to http://www.graffiticlassics.com/show/educational-workshops or please email Kyra Williams email@example.com for more info.
Music Education Consulation from Department for Education
The Department of Education are seeking views on Music Education, to inform their proposals for the refresh of the National Plan for Music Education. This consultation seeks the views of all parties with an interest in Music Education including:
Parents and carers
Further Education (FE) and sixth-form colleges
School and college staff, including governors
National and local voluntary and community organisations providing musical activities for children and young people
Music education hubs and other music services
Employers in the music industry
Other educational professionals including academics and researchers
Please share this link as widely as possible with anyone who may have an invested interest in the future of Music Education: https://consult.education.gov.uk/curriculum-implementation-unit/music-education-call-for-evidence/