Are you planning any building works during the summer holidays?
Do you know you have legal duties to discharge?
Be aware of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) governing the management of health and safety on construction projects. Under the Regulations, If you appoint any persons to carry out construction works, you are deemed to have taken on the role of the Client and, as such, have legal duties to discharge, which are enforceable in a court of law. (Refer to HSE Guidance INDG411)
For all works carried out on your behalf by Entrust Property Services and/or where you have commissioned Entrust Property Services to carry out design works, we will ensure appropriate measures are taken to discharge the Client obligations under CDM.
Should you have any queries please ring the CDM Advisors (Louise Evans or Mark Ward) on 07935 516803 or 07935 516806, who will be happy to give you further assistance.
The Future of School Funding
The funding of schools is one of the highest profile political issues of recent years. School leaders are trying to balance ever growing pupil numbers, increasing by 121,000 last year alone, unavoidable cost pressures, such as increased national insurance and pension contributions all set within a period of flat budgets.
It appears universally recognised that the current system is unsuitable but a solution has been a long time coming. The F40 pressure group has been campaigning on this issue for over two decades. Change does now appear to be imminent but there remains significant uncertainty on what this means on an individual school basis.
“We know that the current funding system is unfair, opaque and out of date and this means that, although we hold schools against the same accountability structure wherever they are, we fund them at very different levels.” (Justine Greening, Education Secretary, 17th July 2017)
The Education Secretary announced on Monday that a national funding formula would be introduced in 2018/19 and £1.3 billion of funding would be re-distributed directly to school budgets over the next two years. Crucially spending plans for years beyond 2019-20 have not been set out so uncertainty around school budgets look set to remain for the foreseeable future.
What this announcement means for funding on an individual school level is yet to filter down so school’s will need to continue to exercise strong budget controls and look for ways to increase their income.
Entrust have significant experience in supporting schools in managing budget pressures and creating new income, contact us today…
NQT Induction- Understanding the Process
Professional skills tests passed?
Initial Teacher Training completed?
Qualified Teacher Status awarded?
First teaching post secured?
Is it a statutory requirement to complete the induction?
Completing the induction is a statutory requirement for maintained schools only. Choosing to offer statutory induction for NQTs is the choice made by most academies, but along with independent schools, free schools, and British schools overseas, they are not obliged to do so. However, any teacher moving employment from one of these settings to a post in a maintained school will be required to go through NQT induction if they have not already completed the process. Registering an NQT with an NQT Appropriate Body Service gets the statutory induction process started as soon as a new teacher has been appointed.
What does the induction involve?
Forming a bridge between initial teacher training and establishing a career in teaching the statutory induction process combines a personalised program of support, reduced timetable, professional dialogue, monitoring and assessment against the Teachers’ Standards.
Coaching and mentoring will take place via the NQTs induction tutor who provides day to day monitoring, support and coordination of assessments. Having a key role in the process, the tutor must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be given sufficient time to carry out their role effectively.
“The duties assigned to the NQT and the conditions under which they work should be such as to facilitate a fair and effective assessment of the NQT’s conduct and efficiency as a teacher against the relevant standards.” Induction for newly qualified teachers (England) statutory guidance October 2016 - paragraph 2.17
How is an NQT’s progress reviewed?
Keeping NQTs up to date on their progress so that there are ‘no surprises’ aids their development and provides clarity alongside the assessment process. Termly assessments demonstrated by the NQT against the Teachers’ Standards and importantly identify further areas for development and targets moving forward. During their induction, it may be that an NQT does not make satisfactory progress. Recording this on the first and second assessments does not in any way imply that the NQT has ‘failed’, but does indicate that additional support is required. Ensuring everyone involved in the process is clear about which aspects of the Teachers’ Standards require further development is vital so that the NQT can be given every possible opportunity to improve. Only at the end of the third and final term is the decision made regarding successful completion of NQT induction.
“An NQT who has completed induction, and is judged to have failed to the meet the relevant standards at the end of their induction period, is not permitted to repeat induction.” Statutory guidance paragraph 1.9
Embarking on a teaching career can be a very challenging time for NQTs and those supporting them. However, it is worth acknowledging that with appropriate support, NQTs rarely fail their induction. NQTs bring fresh ideas, new approaches and energy to the profession. which in turn impacts on the quality of pupils’ education.
How do I register my NQT with an Appropriate Body Service?
Entrust are registered with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as an appropriate body for NQT induction. We have extensive expertise in providing high quality support for NQTs and their tutors. We currently support maintained schools, academies, independent schools and other educational settings in the Midlands and further afield. To enhance your management of the NQT induction process, we include in our provision a nationally recognised online system which will enable you to access and complete the assessment requirements with ease.
Register your NQT with Entrust online today at https://entrust.nqtmanager.com
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Increase concentration and improve learning in the classroom by reducing CO2 levels
Increase concentration and improve learning in the classroom by reducing CO2 levels
It’s widely acknowledged that a stuffy and uncomfortable working environment hinders concentration, productivity and increases absenteeism. To date, it’s been difficult to quantify this impact, but the science has caught up...
Improving Cognitive Function
Studies have frequently found that improved ventilation (to reduce CO2 levels) improves cognitive function and productivity by 10%. Similarly, temperature can have an impact of 4-6%, and noise, 66%. The use of certain cleaning products, the outside air quality and number of pupils in a space are just some of the factors which impact the learning environment which once measured can be influenced.
Using Smart Sensors
Sensors can be installed to measure, understand and improve the impact of your learning environment on students’ cognitive function. The cost of smart building technology has come down significantly, making such technology accessible to the schools. Sensors can provide regular feedback to optimise classroom environments for learning. This data allows a school to make decisions on best use of space throughout the year as the type of classes, students and seasons change.
Benefits to your school
Real-time analysis and feedback with clearly defined actions to improve the learning environment (including opening windows, use of plants and change use of rooms).
Enhanced concentration and productivity of student to boost grades and fulfil potential.
Optimisation of key health and wellbeing metrics: CO2, VOC (air quality), noise, humidity and temperature.
Inform lesson scheduling decisions and understand how to maximise the infrastructure and built environment you already have
Be at the forefront of scientific understanding of cognitive function and the wellbeing of students
Attract students to a school that provides the optimal working environment for their learning
Quick and simple installation, with no long-term commitment
Easy access to a network of Property experts, from ecologists to acoustics specialists
If you would like to know more please call 0333 300 1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and wellbeing- Spotlight on Mental Health
This academic year we have focused on mental health as a key aspect of health and wellbeing. Our Mental Health Matters event brought together many schools to learn about a range of topics from experts and each other. The day was a great success and we are planning a follow up event in the Autumn term. During the year we have also seen a number of schools showing their commitment to this area by joining and accrediting in our Action Against Bullying Anti-Bullying Pledge and also the Healthy Schools : Healthy Futures programme. Through all this we can see that schools are really making a difference to their children and young people.
As the end of the school year approaches you will be hopefully taking the opportunity to look back and celebrate achievements. Most schools will have an event to celebrate the accomplishments of their pupils, particularly those who are moving on. It is also important to take time to remember and celebrate the smaller successes of students and also staff. This can have a really positive impact on self-esteem and confidence.
It is also worth remembering that the end of the school year can be a difficult time in school. Children and young people may be excited about end of term activities, new classes and possibly new schools but these can also cause worry. For staff, there will be activities to organise, deadlines to meet and planning for next year. It is important for everyone to take stock and make sure they are looking after themselves and other people. Below are some top tips:
For children and young people
Change can be unsettling, try to make sure when possible routines are maintained to give security and that changes are explained clearly.
Check that children and young people are confident that they would have an adult in school to talk to if they needed to. As part of transition talk to them about who is available to support them in their new class or school.
Have worry boxes in classrooms, these are sometimes introduced at the beginning of an academic year but can then fade, give them a facelift and re-introduce them to the students.
The approaching holidays can be a cause of worry for some children and young people make them aware of help available outside school such as Childline 0800 1111.
As part of transition programmes teach skills for dealing with change. This is important as children and young people move through school as well as when they move to a new school.
Take a break during the working day, half an hour in the staff room at lunchtime can help you work better in the afternoon. Encourage your colleagues to do the same.
Maintain a work life balance, this is often easier said than done, but try to make time to do activities which help you to relax and re-charge.
As a school agree the expectations around evening and weekend work. Make sure these are reasonable and that there can be flexibility when needed.
Support colleagues, we are more likely to notice signs of stress in other people than in ourselves, talk to them and encourage them to get help if necessary. Watch out particularly for colleagues who are regularly dealing with difficult and stressful situations.
Have information on sources of help for staff such as The Samaritans 116123 (or email email@example.com)
Next year we will be continuing to support schools to address all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be offering courses, events and other programmes to support you. If you would like further information on any of these please email BHWB@entrust-ed.co.uk