I would like to start by thanking you for your custom through 2018 and I hope our services are supporting you to inspire futures and provide an excellent standard of education to your pupils. Your custom is greatly appreciated, and we will only continue to improve outcomes in Education by working together and making a difference. We are always looking to develop our offer, so if you have any feedback or suggestions, please get in touch with your Account Manager and let us know your feedback.
SLA Renewals 2019/20
Our SLAs for 2019/20 will be available to browse and purchase from Tuesday 1 January 2019. We hope this early notification will help you to forward plan and ensure best value. We will also be launching several new SLAs and pay-as-you-go products for 2019. These include a new Wellbeing Award, which will help you prepare for the statutory implementation of Relationships (and Sex) Education and Health Education from September 2020 and a new BACS Bureau service specifically for academies, which will help you to streamline your banking and control your cash.
Pricing Strategy 2019/20
Our terms and conditions provide for discretionary annual inflationary increases applied on the anniversary of SLAs. The basis for the increase is capped at the RPI (Retail Price Index) as published in November of the preceding year. The RPI published in November 2018 was 3.3% (CPI is running at 2.4%). Mindful of the significant pressure on school budgets, we have decided to apply an upper limit to our price increases of 2.2% and, in some service areas, prices will remain unchanged or, in a few instances, decrease in price. We believe this increase is competitive and hope it will offer you best value for money. You will also see when browsing our products that you can make further savings by choosing a multi-year contract rather than an annual contract.
Please see the attachment that has further information.
Weekly DfE Publications
To help you keep updated with the latest publications from the DfE - please find a summary attached for the previous two weeks, commencing 26/11/2018
Prevent Support for Schools
As part of the Government’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST), the Prevent agenda aims to protect communities from extremism and terrorism. Prevent also aims to provide and encourage inclusive communities across the UK ensuring we can all benefit from a diverse and therefore enriched society.
The Prevent Duty Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (June 2015) states that schools can “build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views”. To fully achieve this, a whole school approach is required where children and young people have a range of opportunities to develop an understanding of life in modern Britain and can develop respect and tolerance for others. For this to be possible staff need to be confident in their role, particularly in ensuring children and young people have a safe space to explore these sensitive and potentially controversial issues.
Our new package ‘Prevent - Support for Schools’, has been designed to support schools to address this complex area. The package includes staff training with a focus on making your school more inclusive and how to avoid individuals and families feeling isolated and pupil sessions exploring diversity in modern Britain (suitable for Primary and Secondary schools). All schools will also have access to the Your Voice, Your Values resource and Primary schools will have the PSHE education scheme of work and Difference and Diversity Curriculum.
For more information on the package please contact BHWB@entrust-ed.co.uk
Entrust Go Local!
From 29th – 2nd November Entrust joined Capita in volunteering 2,800 hours for a range of charities, with events running across 18 cities.
29th October marked the start of Go Local week, a week dedicated to encouraging employees to volunteer within their local communities. A range of activities were organised across the UK by businesses, including Entrust.
In aid of the of the Go Local Campaign, Entrust organised a food bank on behalf of ‘House of Bread’ in Stafford. House of Bread provide a meal service and support as well as a safe and welcoming place for all vulnerable people in Stafford.
We didn’t stop there either, our staff also organised a ‘wine or water’ stand and a raffle to raise vital funds for Donna Louise UK. Donna Louise UK is a children’s and young people’s hospice for those with a shortened life expectancy due to illness or injury and are there to support every member of the family, every step of the way. The team raised over £500 for the hospice by the end of the week. Other members of staff also organised a fantastic bake sale and raised £69 for Staffordshire Search and Rescue team, who are a team of dedicated volunteers with specialist training to locate and rescue missing people in Staffordshire.
Entrust Outdoors also kindly offered Staffordshire Search and Rescue team the use of their facilities for this next year’s training weekend for free, which will save the charity nearly £700.
Weekly DfE Publication
To help you keep updated with the latest publications from the DfE - please find a summary attached for week commencing 19/11/2018