Entrust has developed a unique software tool that enables its customers to access their property information in a single location. This allows visibility of all related activities via their client/contractor diary using a secure web based portal.
This advanced software is provided as a fully hosted and managed service.
The AMS system is designed to be a single point of reference for all your core property information:
Property details: - name, address, GIA, opening hours, etc.
CAD Floor plans
Hazard Exchange forms
Control of Contractor policy
…plus, other critical documents that are essential for contractors to prepare and plan their visits to your school. The visit can be planned via the site diary that allows the contractor to propose visit dates and the customer to accept or decline. Entrust has oversight of the process and will manage any issues that may arise.
The system holds all the visit details including activity dates, work reports, certificates, invoices, defect reports - all collated for quick and simple access of current and historic records. Entrust’s management service involves the receipt and appraisal of these documents before issuing a notification to you that they have been approved for you to make payment.
The site diary enables a clear view of the full schedule of upcoming and future dates for all disciplines. This will allow you to easily and effectively control the number of contractors on site at any time, preventing your caretakers becoming overloaded with visitors.
Additional features of the system include the ability for the school to add surveys including condition, suitability and DDA, etc. This data can be easily extracted, assisting with strategic planning and the production of school based asset management plans. Allowing you to allocate budgets more effectively, aid in the production of bids for additional funding and planning for the future
You will also be able to create an asset condition register for furniture, IT equipment or any other assets that need to be tracked, monitored and replaced over time.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development in Springfield School, Staffordshire
Springfield School is a generic primary special school in Leek for pupils aged from three to eleven years. The school provides specialist provision for:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)
Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
There is an expectation for all schools to address the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of their children and young people. As a special school, developing this to meet the needs of the children in the school can be challenging. One area of concern for Springfield was developing children’s understanding of life in modern Britain, particularly as the school’s location means the opportunities for children to meet people from different races, religions and cultures are sometimes limited. The headteacher decided to buy in a range of support from Entrust.
What we did
Firstly, the head teacher attended our strategic “SMSC - Be Ofsted Ready” course. This gave a clear overview of the expectations for schools.
We then delivered half a day workshop in school for governors and staff exploring the practical implementation of SMSC across the school.
The school were already engaged in the Healthy Schools : Healthy Futures programme and had achieved Status. They made the decision to continue with the programme and SMSC was selected as the theme for their two-year development plan. Working through the programme gave the school clear outcomes to achieve, as well as a planned approach to implementing their work in this area.
Alongside this work and as part of their Development Plan, the school also worked with Entrust to develop a Special School version of the Difference and Diversity Curriculum.
What was achieved
During the school’s Healthy Schools : Healthy Futures Status+ accreditation visit it was clear the difference they had made for their children. For example:
Parents have a clear understanding of the work the school does with their children in this area.
Children have a good understanding of different cultures within school and the wider community.
Visits and visitors are effectively used to enhance children’s learning.
Children have the opportunity to take part in a range of cultural experiences and celebrations.
A record is made for each child of their learning in SMSC to enable them to reflect on their experiences.
What we learnt
A whole school approach works as everyone is involved in implementing the changes.
Having a structured programme such as Healthy Schools : Healthy Futures helps to maintain focus.
What the school said
“Healthy Schools : Healthy Futures is a programme which supports all the current national agendas including – developing healthy lifestyles, the obesity plan, supporting pupil’s physical, emotional and mental health, SMSC etc. You can make it fit your own school’s unique profile and it is excellent value for money.”
“The report is a fantastic piece of evidence which we can share and celebrate with a wide range of stakeholders including pupils, staff, parents, governors, our Trust and of course external bodies such as Ofsted”.
Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild
With Dinosaurs in the Wild, teachers can now take their class somewhere they've never been before – back in time!
This new immersive and interactive experience allows teachers to give 7-11 year-olds a unique experience, travelling back 67 million years to see living dinosaurs. Brought to you by producers behind the hit TV series and arena show Walking with Dinosaurs, the show will ignite pupils' imaginations and bring science to life before their eyes.
You and your class will be transported to TimeBase 67, a research station set in the late Cretaceous Period, to see scientists at work as they study living dinosaurs. Using cutting-edge effects, the 70-minute adventure allows pupils to ask questions as they explore their surroundings, including laboratories in which they’ll see a hatchery, young dinosaurs and an autopsy. The experience culminates with a 360-degree view of these majestic creatures in their natural environment.
In addition, new curriculum-linked resources are available to support English and Science lessons before and after this unique experience. All school bookings will receive a password that enables access to the full resource set. Teachers can also access a free preview of these exciting activities by visiting here.
Dinosaurs in the Wild has been in development for five years, supported by a team of more than 100 specialists, including palaeontologist Dr. Darren Naish.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity premières at the NEC in Birmingham in June this year, before moving to Manchester’s EventCity in the Autumn. For details about educational group bookings, please visit here.
Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)- For Acadmies
Are you eligible for the 2018 fund?
You must be an operational Academy or Sixth Form College at 1st September 2017, be a school with a signed Academy order as at 1st September 2017 and if successful have converted to Academy status and have a funding agreement in place by 31st March 2018.
If you are a single Academy, or a Multi Academy Trust (with no more than five academies and a total of no more than 3000 pupils), and meet the above criteria, then yes you are eligible, and the great news is that our dedicated ‘CIF team’ are here to help you apply.
About the Condition Improvement Fund
In 2017 the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) received 3,500 applications and £435million was distributed to 1,276 Projects at Academies across the country.
Two project applications are allowed, per academy, with project thresholds as follows:
Primary Academies = Projects between £20,000 - £4,000,000
Secondary Academies = Projects between £50,000 - £4,000,000
The next round of funding is expected to be announced in Autumn 2017 with a likely deadline for submission in mid to late December 2017. Therefore, it is important that you start to consider and plan your bids now.
We can manage the process for you
Our experts are on hand to assist and advise you on the CIF process, follow our three bidding tips...
B = Be aware of: CIF annual bidding for capital funding to address significant condition needs of your Academy.
I = Instead of doing it yourself: Entrust can undertake the bid writing process on your behalf, and manage the project from start to finish where applications are successful.
D = Don’t miss out on our early bird offer: No bid writing fee will be charged for projects supported by Entrust, and commissioned prior to the 31st July 2017.
Find out more.
If you would like to find out more about CIF please call 0300 111 8030 or email email@example.com
Apprenticeship Reforms Breakfast Briefing for Academies
The Apprenticeship Reforms provides you with a great opportunity to review your workforce development plan and ensure you have the right skills and staff for the future.
We recommend you complete a number of activities to support you to get ready for the apprenticeship reforms. Some of these include:
Carrying out a benchmark survey
Calculating your apprenticeship levy payment (if applicable)
Identifying your current and future business requirements
Carrying out an organisational needs analysis
To help you identify your current and future business requirements, we suggest you consider the following questions:
How many staff do you have in different occupational areas? (i.e. administration, IT, Management)
What pay grade band are they in?
What are your organisational business priorities for next ten years?
Where have there been, recent or planned organisational changes, or changes to the way the workforce is deployed?
In which business areas do you intend to recruit next year, if at all?
In which business areas, would you like to achieve greater staff retention?
If you are a levy payer, do you have the right skills in place to ensure you get levy ready in time? (i.e. do you have apprentice mentors?)
Where do you feel you currently have skills gaps within the existing workforce?
Free Breakfast Briefing
To find out more about the apprenticeship reforms and how we can support you with some of the above activities, join us at our FREE breakfast briefing on Thursday 6 April at the Entrust Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH.
The event starts at 8am, with a business breakfast, and ends at 10am. To book your free place, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out More
Find out more about apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy in our short video, click here.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.