The statutory testing and building repairs SLAs are different in 2018/19 than in previous years. This note aims to respond to the most common queries.
The new regime for the statutory testing SLA is based on a quotation process for the works for the forthcoming year. When a school expresses interest one of the PCC specialist surveyors will pay a visit to establish exactly what compliance tests will be required during the coming year and provide the school for a quote for the tests required e.g. asbestos survey, legionella risk assessment. PCC then arrange for the tests to be done at an appropriate and convenient time by our specialist contractors. However, the costs quoted for the statutory testing SLA do not cover the costs of any works arising where the testing reveals that there is a problem e.g. electrical repairs resulting from a fixed wiring inspection.
The building repairs SLA provides access to the Portsmouth City Council Building Maintenance helpdesk for an annual fee of £1000. The helpdesk is covered by six staff from 8am until 5pm on normal working days and outside these times we provide an our of hours helpdesk that is covered 365 days a year. It is these facilities that the annual fee helps to fund. Both facilities have access to a wide range of SME companies and some 150+ tradesmen and technical support for all building and building related repairs. Buying in to this service means schools get an appropriately qualified person on site to quote for a job promptly, and smaller jobs can usually be carried out straight away. The costs of the work are not met by the SLA costs, and will need to be paid separately by the school.
One World Songbook - Free to download!
Portsmouth Music Hub is changing the world one song at a time with a new environmental campaign that harnesses the power of music and the arts. As part of the campaign the Hub has released a songbook which is free to download at www.portsmouthmusichub.org.uk
PSHE Upcoming Dates and Events
Anti-bullying Week - 12th- 16th November
The theme this year is 'choose respect' and further details, information and resources can be found at https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2018-choose-respect
Road Safety Week - 19th - 25th November
The theme this year is Bike Smart and further details, information and resources can be found at http://roadsafetyweek.org.uk/new/646-bike-smart-theme and http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/action-pack
Free School Meals Supplementary Grant Guidance
Following the introduction of Universal Credit it is expected that schools will see an increase in the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.
This free school meals supplementary grant will provide schools with extra funding to help them meet the higher costs of providing the additional meals before the lagged funding system catches up. Payment for 2018-19 will be based on difference between the October 2017 and the October 2018 census data and will be paid at £440 per pupil. The allocation is expected in February 2019.
Please follow the link below to the DfE website for the latest guidance on this new grant or the link to the saved document on the intralink.
Conditions of grant will be published in February 19 alongside the allocations.
Early Years and Childcare Development Programme
Details of our Training Programme for 2018/19
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