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Cityserve Pay - Free to All Cityserve Schools - Saving up to £5,000
09 May
‘Cityserve Pay provides a fast and easy way for Birmingham schools to manage catering and other school payments and can save schools around £5,000 a year in costs, as well as reducing administration time and cutting waste. Powered by FCA-regulated cashless payments provider sQuid, Cityserve Pay has been exclusively licensed for use by Birmingham City Council. The system will use sQuid Dinner Money, which simplifies meal management, and sQuid SchoolPay, which manages trips, clubs, parent communication and school-related booking. It means there will be no cash-handling when it comes to paying for school meals, making it appealing for parents, while benefits to schools include cost savings, improved efficiency and easier budgeting. The system is being offered free to all Cityserve schools, who will not have to pay any upfront cost - just a transaction charge of 1.2%. Non-Cityserve schools can also sign up to the system for a competitive price. Find out more by reading the attached case study. Contact: Cityserveinfo@birmingham.gov.uk for further information.
Capital Maintenance Dual Funding Initiative 2019
30 Apr
FAO: Head Teacher, Business Manager and Bursar CC: Chair of Governing Body RE: Capital Maintenance Dual Funding Initiative 2019 Following the success of previous Dual Funding programmes I am pleased to launch the 2019 initiative. The application is available to all Community, Foundation and Voluntary Controlled schools (Voluntary Aided schools are subject to a separate funding process). This is an opportunity for you to apply to the Local Authority for funding to assist with addressing key building condition priorities. This will be for new projects which have not yet started. The project must address a condition priority that if not addressed has the potential to lead to full or partial school closure. Please submit your completed Dual Funding Application (in Excel format) no later than 12th June 2019 via email to edsi.enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk The appraisal and approval of applications will be subject to the full terms and conditions set out in the enclosed Conditions appendix. The initial conditions for considering your application are as follows: 1. Schools are expected to meet at least 50% of the total project cost. Schools may be expected to make a greater contribution where they have significant surplus carry forward. 2. Mandatory Duty Holder Training - a key school staff member has a valid attendance certificate i.e. has attended the training within the past three years. If not, attendance at the next available session will be required. 3. You have an up to date Statutory Testing regime for equipment and plant along with the necessary plans for addressing any recommended remedial works, and have returned the latest mandatory declaration of compliance form. 4. You have an up to date Asbestos Management Plan and will provide a copy to the LA. If you require support with this, then please contact your Asset Management officer and arrange to attend the next available Asbestos Management training. 5. An up to date Fire Risk Assessment. If you have any questions or require guidance with completing your application then please do not hesitate to contact the Education Infrastructure team via email to edsi.enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk or by telephone on 0121 303 8847. We look forward to receiving your application and supporting you with capital maintenance priorities. Jaswinder Didially Head of Education Infrastructure
New S&GS Service Offer for 2019-20
01 Apr
Welcome to the 2019-20 Service Offer from School and Governor Support (S&GS). This brochure, which you can download here, provides an overview of the services offered to subscribing schools and academies together with the information you will need to access them. As before, our support is focused on all aspects of school leadership and management other than those relating to the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning. As always we continually review our offer to subscribing schools and the invaluable feedback given by headteachers, governors and trustees helps ensure that the service continues to meet your developing needs and crucially provides excellent value for money. S&GS remains a fully traded service and is, therefore, required to recover 100% of its operating costs. For the period 2018-19, nearly 80% of the family of Birmingham schools (both maintained and academies) made the decision to subscribe to S&GS. Your continued support is much appreciated and will only enhance our ability to respond to the wide range of issues that you face on a day-to-day basis. Having been able to keep our costs without increase for many years, there will be another small increase of £50 in the subscription charge for 2019-20 to £2,100. Maintained schools and recently converted academies will be invoiced early in the new financial year. Existing academies will be invoiced, as usual, during September 2019 in line with their own funding arrangements. We urge you to take a really good look at our updated service offer laid out in this brochure. In the Introduction page, we would like to take an opportunity to share some of the things that you tell us you value most from your subscription as well as highlighting some additional benefits that you can look forward to this year. We hope that you will continue to subscribe to S&GS which, you tell us, is highly valued by school leaders and governing boards (GBs). Best wishes, Karen Davies Interim Head of Service School and Governor Support Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our children and young people!