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Finance Services
Supporting Schools and Academies with all aspects of finance
Our Finance Services team of qualified accountants and school support officers have over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience of educational finance. We ensure your organisation operates eff...

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Weekly DfE Publication
13 Jan
To help you keep updated with the latest publications from the DfE - please find a summary attached for the previous week, commencing 06/01/2019.
Your guide to Entrust SLA Renewals 2020-21
07 Jan
Dear Coleague, Our aim is, and always has been, to work closely with you to provide the services, solutions and support that you need while ensuring that we continue to meet (and exceed) your expectations for overall school improvement. We are pleased that you trust our expertise and ability to inspire futures, so we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you! Annual Renewals 2020-21 Every year we review our services to ensure that we are providing value for money. The one thing we don’t need a review to tell us is that school budgets are extremely tight, and so we have worked hard to reflect this in your pricing for 2020-21. To view your services, please visit the Entrust Online Buying Portal. You can also find additional information on pages 6 & 7 of this guide, explaining how to access your list of services and how to renew these for the year ahead. For a full breakdown of our products and services, please refer to the Entrust Product Catalogue. If you do have any questions, we encourage you to contact us so that we can arrange a time to come and see you and talk you through your options. Staffordshire County Council Renewals The Staffordshire County Council packages sold through the Entrust Online Buying Portal (Legal Services, Insurance, Admissions, Free School Meal Entitlement and Library Services) are covered by Staffordshire County Council terms and conditions and will not be auto-renewed. For these services, you will need to select the package you require and follow the standard checkout process. Please also note that not all Staffordshire County Council services will be available to purchase from 1st January, for example, Insurance Services. SLA Renewal Deadlines We would appreciate it, if you could confirm your SLA choices before: • 13 March 2020 for SLAs that end 31 March 2020 (Maintained School SLAs) • 31 May 2020 for SLAs that end 31 August 2020 (Academy SLAs) If you have not checked-out by the above deadlines, we will assume renewal of your SLA and automatically renew any packages that haven’t been checked-out on your behalf. We do this to: • protect you from incurring additional charges • ensure continuity of your services • help reduce your administrative workload and costs Please also note the following services operate a different buying cycle to accommodate teaching delivery across the academic year as follows: • The Music Service buying cycle will open for 2020-21 on the 1 March 2020 and will close on 1 June 2020 • Renewal dates for the Entrust Broadband Service have been communicated to each school individually as each contract anniversary is based on the date of implementation within the school Updated Terms and Conditions A great deal of hard work and preparation goes into the delivery of our services. We also work closely with third-party suppliers, negotiating on your behalf to ensure you receive best value. For us to provide these services efficiently and effectively, from the 1 January, all services that are covered by an Entrust SLA are now subscribed to on a full-term basis (between 1 - 5 years as chosen by your school) and are non-refundable for mid-term contract cancellations for convenience. These services will automatically rollover on an annual basis. To cancel a service, you will need to provide notice in writing, anytime up to, but no later than 3 months prior to the end of the contract period. Cancellations are required no later than 31 December each year prior to renewal commencement the following 1 April for maintained schools (31 January for 2020-21 only), and no later than 31 May each year prior to renewal commencement the following 1 September for Academies. Any cancellations for the subscription year running from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, will need to be received by Entrust in writing, no later than the illustrated deadlines, or cancellation charges will apply. Please note that all your other rights and protections set out in our Terms and Conditions are unaffected by these changes. Further support If you have any questions about our products, are looking for a bespoke support package or need support using our Online Buying Portal, please contact your Account Manager by emailing accountmanager@entrust-ed.co.uk or by calling 0333 300 1900. In the meantime, we would like to thank you once again for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in the new year. Please see the attachment that has further information.
Weekly DfE Publication
06 Jan
To help you keep updated with the latest publications from the DfE - please find a summary attached for the previous week, commencing 30/12/2019.
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Training & Events

20 Jan
The National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination (Postgraduate Certificate) - Cohort 11
Our programme: - Builds upon your existing skills, experience and/or qualifications. - Enables you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding which are practical, relevant and applicable to the SENCO role. - Using a face-to-face delivery, you will have the opportunity to network with other SENCOs and receive hands-on, practical support. - The course keeps participants up-to-date with relevant legislative changes, key policy initiatives, emerging research evidence and the implications of these for practice. The course will ensure that SENCOs working in a range of settings are able to carry out their responsibilities in relation to key tasks outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (2015).
20 Jan
The Role of the EY SENCO and Keyworker
Topics to be covered: Working with parents, assessing appropriateness of resources, staff deployment and room layout, Code of Practice/OFSTED key points, targeted planning, record keeping, other agencies and how they can help. Sharing ideas and reflecting on practice.
20 Jan
Understanding and Managing Behaviour in the Early Years (SEND)
This course will explore emotional and behavioural development in children with SEND. It will provide guidance on ways to manage and support children experiencing a variety of behaviours. There will be opportunity to discuss case scenarios.