• Welcome to Birmingham Education Support Services

  • User Guides

  • Brasshouse Translation & Interpreting Services (BTIS) awarded The Institute of Translation & Interpreting’s (ITI) Corporate Member of the Year 2018.

  • BESS Newsletter - May 2018

  • S&GS Fortnightly Friday Update (7 Sept 2018)

Featured Provider icon

Featured Service

Provider logo
Translation and Interpreting Services
Welcome to Birmingham City Council’s language unit offering translation, interpreting and accessible information services.
Brasshouse Translation and Interpreting Services (BTIS) was established in 1990 and is Birmingham City Council’s language unit offering translation, interpreting and accessible information services.

During this time we have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the city's diverse community and its ever-changing language needs. As a team we have built up a wealth of experience enabling us to offer advice and understand your individual needs.

We are pleased to be able to offer language support in over 100 languages including British Sign Language. We aim to provide you with a high quality, professional language service that is reliable, cost effective and responsive. We are also able to provide you with consultancy and expertise to assist you in making communication accessible to everyone.
Latest Articles icon

Latest News

S&GS Fortnightly Friday Update (7 Sept 2018)
11 Sep
Happy new term! Welcome back and welcome to the new academic year. We hope that it is a happy, productive and successful one for you, your schools and, most of all, your pupils. The summer break has flown by and at least the lovely weather we experienced in June and July continued, on the whole, through the six week break. As well as planning for the year ahead (see below), the beginning of the academic year is the time when most governing boards (GB) consider what training is most likely to improve the effectiveness and contribution of both individual governors and the GB as a whole. As always the Friday update includes details of governor training and development offered by S&GS. Don’t forget that, in addition to the programme of published courses, S&GS also provides bespoke training for GBs and groups of schools on request. Bespoke training is designed to meet the current needs of your school/academy governors. Do contact us to explore your options and see our service offer for more information. The Friday update published on the 20th July gave notice of a consistent financial reporting process that Birmingham City Council (BCC) expects all its maintained schools to follow with immediate effect. The process requires specific monitoring reports to be completed and presented to the GB by the Headteacher/ School Business Manager/Bursar or the school’s financial services provider twice a year, by the end of October and the end of February. The monitoring reports are available to download from the Schools Financial Procedures Manual and will be included in a separate communication that will be sent to clerks next week. In the meantime you can find out more information and view the reports via BCC’s weekly Schools Noticeboard, which is published online. The Noticeboard includes a range of useful information, updates and has been given a new and improved look for 2018/19. Two significant documents referred to in previous updates have now come into effect. Firstly the revised edition of statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which schools must follow and is essential for ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are compliant with the law. Secondly the 2018 edition of the Academies Financial Handbook, which came into effect on the 1st September. See this update for new and updated guidance relating to schools and education, published prior to and during the holiday, which you may have missed. Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) model Code of Conduct for GBs has been updated for the academic year 2018/19. The Code of Conduct and a schedule of the changes made to it has been sent to all clerks. We look forward to working with you again in 2018/19 and to seeing you at our courses and events. Thank you for all that you do.
URGENT : Action required - Utilities 2019/2020
10 Jul
The Procurement Service has been informed of a reduced deadline for submission of members to the BCC Utilities contract. This means that all information from schools as to whether they wish to use the contract must be submitted by Friday 7th September. Letters and forms will be emailed and faxed to all schools by the 13th July. Click below to download a copy of : Utilities renewal letter for exisiting users Utilities letter for new users Utilities form
Governor Training Programme for Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019
02 Jul
Dear Governor Colleague, S&GS are pleased to offer this programme of high-quality training (see attached file) that develops skills and knowledge needed for effective governance, whether you are in a maintained school, stand-alone academy or part of a multi-academy trust (MAT). The programme has courses on topics ranging from the core functions of a governing board (GB), to courses on statutory and specific duties that require certain knowledge and skills. Look out for new courses on interpreting Analyse School Performance (ASP) data, Complaints Management for Governors and Clerks, and Managing Risk. The programme refers to courses that are taking place during the autumn term 2018 and the spring term 2019. Future S&GS governor training programmes will be published in April alongside the S&GS annual subscription offer (see page 4 of attached programme) to provide greater continuity, the opportunity to access training through subscription and support GBs in compiling their training plan and budget allocation. Places on all the courses listed in this programme are offered on a first come first served basis. However additional courses will be organised if there is sufficient demand. Don’t forget that S&GS also provides bespoke training to GBs and groups of schools/ academies on request (see page 6 of attached programme). Our terms and conditions are stated on page 22. Thank you for the time and effort that you give on behalf of the children and young people at your schools and academies. We look forward to seeing you at our courses and events. Best wishes, Stephen Edmonds Governor Services Manager School & Governor Support All training requests and enquiries: Telephone 0121 464 2215 Email governors@birmingham.gov.uk
Featured Training icon

Training & Events

26
26 Sep
Level 3 - Paediatric First Aid Course - Sept 2018 - The KENRICK CENTRE HARBORNE
The course covers the following topics. Planning for first aid emergencies involving babies and children Dealing with emergencies involving babies and children Resuscitating babies and children Recognising and dealing with shock in babies and children Recognising and responding appropriately to anaphylactic shock in babies and children Recognising and responding appropriately to bleeding in babies and children Responding appropriately to burns and scalds in babies and children Responding appropriately to choking in babies and children Responding appropriately to suspected fractures in babies and children Responding appropriately to head, neck and back injuries in babies and children Recognising and responding appropriately to cases of poisoning in babies and children Responding appropriately to foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses of babies and children Responding appropriately to eye injuries in babies and children Responding appropriately to bites and stings in babies and children Responding appropriately with effects of extreme heat and cold in babies and children Responding appropriately to febrile convulsions in babies and children Recognising and responding appropriately to the emergency needs of babies and children with chronic medical conditions including: epilepsy, asthma, sickle cell and diabetes Recognising and responding appropriately to meningitis and other serious sudden illness
26
26 Sep
Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work - September 2018 10 Woodcock Street
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
27
27 Sep
Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work - September 2018 10 Woodcock Street
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