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  • Fortnightly Friday Update for School Governors (28 June 2019)

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The Procurement Service has over 20 years experience in commissioning public sector goods and services and in contract management. As part of Birmingham City Council, we are able to award contracts that provide quality goods and services and take advantage of our bulk buying power to deliver competitive prices.
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Fortnightly Friday Update for School Governors (28 June 2019)
10 Jul
As the month of June comes to a close and better weather is promised, we enter the last few weeks of the school term with lots to look forward to. All across Birmingham our children and young people are rehearsing plays, concerts, assemblies and performances. They are looking forward to visits from inspirational people and to exciting places – including, for some of them, their new schools. …and then there are the ‘graduations’ and Proms! From September 2019, School and Governor Support (S&GS) are also looking forward. We will be working with a range of partners and agencies to focus on The Year of the Governor. We have started to discuss this at our Termly Briefings for Chairs but over the next few weeks and months, as The Year starts to take shape, you will hear lots about it. Of course, for us here in S&GS, governance is at the heart of what we do – every year! Later in the update, there will be more details of the plan so far. Something else to give consideration to over the next few weeks is attending the BEP/LINK2ICT/S4E conference in September – Learning to Shape Birmingham 2019. This year, the conference aims to provide inspiration for Governors as well as a space for them to share in training and development. We are working with the conference organisation team to ensure a selection of workshops that will provide opportunities for Governors to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding. Governors are also invited to join School and Governor Support for a special breakfast to meet and connect with fellow Governors whilst celebrating the start of “Year of the Governor” at the start of day 2. Further details about the conference can be found at www.learningtoshapebirmingham.co.uk
We've made a small change
02 Jul
Since the 21st January Birmingham City Council has been using a recycled photocopier paper called Steinbeis Classic White. There are significant environmental benefits to using this paper, in terms of a 100% saving in Wood, as all paper is produced from 100% waste paper and 83% less water and 72% less energy is used in the manufacture of this paper compared to the current Banner branded paper that we previously purchased. Plus CO2 emissions are 53% less. In addition to the environmental benefits the Council will save £6.5k per annum by switching to this paper, as the price per box is cheaper and the switch avoids a price increase of 26% on the current Banner branded paper. The Steinbeis Paper can be used for virtually all printing and copying needs in daily office life, and is suitable for use on all MFDs and printers. If you would like to request a free sample of Steinbeis Classic White A4 paper from our contracted suppliers Banner - please email: tina.k.nandra@birmingham.gov.uk
Summer Term Training
28 Jun
Whether it’s developing people’s skills and knowledge through training or bringing colleagues together at an event, our professional teams deliver training and events that reflect your current needs. Training courses available in July 2019 Food Safety Online- Level 2 (MIDAS) Minibus Driving (Refresher) Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Induction Training for New School Governors Fire Marshal Training FRIENDS for Life and FRIENDS Youth Programme Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) Training Primary Curriculum Group Meeting Area Safeguarding Conference - North, West & Central HR Portal Form Raiser Training IOSH - Managing Safely IOSH - Managing Safely - Refresher Health and Safety Refresher for General Assistants Strategic Governance - Managing Risk for School Governors Area Safeguarding Conference - South (MIDAS)Minibus Driving (FULL) Area Safeguarding Conference - East Passport to Safety Equipping Duty Holders in Schools to Manage Risks Better DSL Visits to CASS and MASH Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) WRAP Refresher Course COSHH/ Manual Handling Refresher Training View our full calendar of training and events here
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COSHH/ Manual Handling Refresher Training
The COSHH training is provided by our chemical supplier and is designed to give workers knowledge of the health risks surrounding work with hazardous substances, including how to undertake a COSHH assessment by identifying the risks and the control measures needed, and ensure that they understand how to work safely with hazardous substances. The manual handling course is aimed at all levels of employees who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transporting of a load of items by lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof by hand or by bodily force.:
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Food Safety Online- Level 2
This Level 2 course has been designed to help anyone who handles, prepares or serves food in the catering industry understand their legal responsibilities and know what constitutes best practice in regards to controlling food safety hazards, controlling temperatures, food storage, food preparation, personal hygiene and premises cleaning. The course is suitable for food handlers in all disciplines of the catering sector, including restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, fast-food outlets, takeaways, mobile food trucks, kitchens, hospitals, schools and colleges
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Food Safety Online- Level 2
This Level 2 course has been designed to help anyone who handles, prepares or serves food in the catering industry understand their legal responsibilities and know what constitutes best practice in regards to controlling food safety hazards, controlling temperatures, food storage, food preparation, personal hygiene and premises cleaning. The course is suitable for food handlers in all disciplines of the catering sector, including restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, fast-food outlets, takeaways, mobile food trucks, kitchens, hospitals, schools and colleges