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The Procurement Service
Putting money back into Education
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 th...

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Update for School Governors (4 Oct 2019)
16 Oct
The start of October heralds the beginning of Autumn, always…’Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’…for those of us who loved our school poetry! Yesterday was National Poetry Day and I’m sure that many of your schools were enthusing and inspiring the next generation of poets and poetry lovers in innovative ways. For others, the beginning of this new school year will also include the prospect of an Ofsted inspection and all that the new framework entails. We have two training sessions this month that will support the preparation that forms part of your normal business of school self-evaluation. See attachment for more details about Preparing your GB for Ofsted and Complaints Management for Governors and Clerks. We have seen an increasing number of parents taking their concerns direct to Ofsted – if these are considered ‘qualifying’ complaints, they will be looked at and the outcome may well be available to the team who next inspect your school. Complaints that do not ‘qualify’ will nearly always find their way back to S&GS and /or the Safeguarding team and this is where we will support you, through your own complaints procedure. Do look out for more information about the Year of The Governor (YOTG)…we have our first Focused Event on 14 October, facilitated and hosted by Kings Norton Boys School. We are taking bookings so that we can ensure your effective accommodation. If you would like to attend this event please email your name, your school, your email address and a contact telephone number to
October Newsletter
07 Oct
Welcome to Cityserve’s latest news…October 2019 Another award! Our trophy cabinet just got a little bit more full thanks to another award that recognises the Cityserve team as the best in the business. We’re delighted to let you know that Cityserve picked up the award for Best Service Team: Catering Service at the recent APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards. We were also shortlisted for the Best Public/Private Partnership Working Initiative. What makes it even more special is that, the award recognises us as the best service team - which is thanks to every single colleague at Cityserve and all of our catering teams. Without them we couldn’t do what we do. Welcome to the family… We’d like to welcome the following schools to the Cityserve family and look forward to working together to deliver tasty and nutritious meals to the children:- ? Holly Hill Primary, Rubery ? Regents Park, Birmingham ? Ladypool Primary School, Sparkbrook ? Brays School, Tile Cross What’s coming up for Cityserve? Packed lunches We’re working with schools to reduce the number of packed lunches brought in from home by offering our very own ‘picnic option’. Our delicious packed lunches offer the same nutritional value as our hot meals and now your child can choose to have either a hot or cold lunch. The picnic option includes: • Sandwich, wrap or pasta pot • Salad snack • Dessert or fruit portion • Juice or water About Cityserve Cityserve is responsible for around 50,000 meals every school day, providing student-inspired menus focused on quality rather than cost. Our work over the past few years has seen us not only grow the business and return a sustained income to the council, but has earned us several national awards, including Best Catering Service Team for three years running at the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Awards, as well as Best Service Team in the UK and, most recently, the award for Workforce Transformation at the ‘MJ’ (Management Journal) Local Government Achievement Awards - the industry ‘Oscars’. Our motto is ‘all about the kids’ and we recognise that in the same way children are all different, so are schools. That’s why we’re always working on our services, to make sure everyone can take advantage of what we offer. Contact us to find out more…
Open evening for EPs interested in Birmingham EPS
03 Oct
We will soon be recruiting educational psychologists to our Service. If you are interested in finding our more about Birmingham EPS please feel free to drop in on our open evening: Thursday 17th October 4pm - 6pm Oakhill Education Centre, Oakhill Close, 31 Meadow Road, Harborne, B17 8BB Download the flyer for further information.
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Training & Events

17 Oct
IOSH Managing Safely - (17th 18th 23rd & 24th October 2019 Start Time: (09:30 - 16:30)
The course will cover the following areas: Assessing and controlling risk Common law liabilities for health and safety failures Criminal law responsibilities for health and safety failures Identifying and controlling specific risks such as fire, electricity, work equipment, display screen equipment, manual handling, noise, and hazardous substances Principles of accident and incident investigation and prevention Measuring safety performance Protecting the environment. By the end of the course you should be able to: Describe the causes of accidents and apply accident prevention principles Outline legal requirements for health and safety Carry out risk assessments, inspections and accident investigations Outline risks associated with a wide range of activities Select appropriate precautions and controls to reduce activity risks Apply management principles to create a positive health & safety culture
17 Oct
Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work OCTOBER 2019 - 15th 16th & 17th October 2019 - THE PERRY TREE, KINGSTANDING
The courses run over three days and conforms to the Health and Safety Executive syllabus which satisfies the duty to provide a qualified ‘first aider’ as required under the Health & Safety (First Aid at Work) Regulations. Principles covered: Understand the role of the first aider including reference to: * The importance of preventing cross infection * The need for recording incidents and actions * Use of available equipment Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency. Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious ( including seizure) Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking. Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock. Provide appropriate first aid to minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters). Administer first aid to a casualty with: *Injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injury *Chest injuries *Burns and scalds *Eye injuries *Sudden poisoning *Anaphylactic shock. Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes
17 Oct
WRAP Refresher Course
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016:57 ‘Individual schools are best placed to assess the training needs of staff in the light of their assessment of the risk to pupils at the school of being drawn into terrorism. As a minimum, however, schools should ensure that the designated safeguarding lead undertakes regular Prevent awareness training and is able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation.’