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					Children and Young People’s Services




   Services available to Academies

   September 2010 – March 2011




      Information for Schools




                          September 2010




                           www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Dear Colleagues

Following the Secretary of State for Education's announcement on 26 May 2010, which
outlined details of the Academies Bill, and Gordon Jeyes' subsequent letter to schools, I
am pleased to introduce the following brochure which details the Cambridgeshire County
Council services available to Academies.

These services fall into two categories; those which the Authority will continue to
provide, and those which Academies can purchase.

Further information about how services are funded can be found within the overview
pages of this brochure.

We hope this approach will support those schools considering Academy status in
deciding how they wish to provide services and that it will also help maintain the strong
relationship which exists between schools and the Authority.

The charges for the services described in this brochure reflect either existing charges
from services that already trade with schools or the amounts that are estimated to be
received by the Academy through the Local Authority Central Spend Equivalent Grant
(LACSEG). Education funding, including the calculation of LACSEG, will be the subject
of a further national review during 2010/11. Therefore, the basis on which charges are
calculated may require regular revision and the brochure should be viewed as a working
document.

Contact details for each service are listed throughout the brochure and we have also
included an enquiry form for schools to complete in order to register their interest in
buying services.

If you have any general queries please contact: david.clark@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.




Adrian Loades
Executive Director: Children and Young People's Services (CYPS)




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Contents:

p5   Services we will continue to provide - overview

p6   Admission Applications

p7   Early Years and Childcare

p8   Education Officer Team – Education Support Services

p10 Education Psychology

p11 Home to School/College Transport

p12 Locality Teams

p16 Parent Partnership

p17 Special Educational Needs – Resources and Placement Team

p18 Special Educational Needs – Student Assessment Service



p19 Services now available for Academies to buy – overview

p20 Asbestos Management Consultancy

p22 Asset Management*

p24 Broadband/Remote Access*

p25 Cambridgeshire Advisory Service

p27 Cambridgeshire Music

p30 Cambridgeshire Outdoors - Burwell House; Cambridgeshire Environmental
    Education Service; Grafham Water Centre

p33 Cambridgeshire Race, Equality & Diversity Service - CREDS*

p35 CCS – Cleaning and Caretaking Services

p36 CCS – Schools Catering

p37 Copyright Licences*

p39 County Swimming Service

p41 Driver Handyman Service

p42 Early Years and Childcare



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p44 Education Business Partnership – Work Related Learning*

p45 Education Child Protection Service

p47 Education ICT Service

p49 Education Psychology*

p50 Fire Safety Services

p52 Governor Services

p56 Groomfields Grounds Maintenance

p58 Grounds Management Service

p59 Information, Advice and Guidance (11-19) Curriculum Development*

p60 Legal Services

p62 Locality Teams*

p64 Occupational Health and Safety Consultancy Services

p66 Outdoor Education Advisory Service

p67 PSHE Service

p68 School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Service

p72 School Effectiveness 3-11

p76 School Effectiveness 11-19

p80 Security Management Consultancy

p82 Support for Learning*

p84 Welfare Benefits*



p85 Enquiry form



* Denotes additional services that Academies can now elect to buy back from the Local

 Authority.




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                   Services we will continue to provide – overview

The following pages outline services which the Authority will continue to provide to
Academies.

The services in this section do not include those covered by the Local Authority Central
Spend Equivalent Grant (LACSEG) which the DfE will fund by recouping funding from
the Authority. For more information on these services please see the page entitled
Services now available for Academies to buy on page 19 of this brochure.




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                                   Admission Applications

 The Admissions Service will continue to provide co-ordination of in-year admission
 applications as part of the Authority’s statutory duties as detailed in the Code of Practice on
 Admissions.

 From September 2010 all applications for places at all schools when not being made as a
 transition from early years to Reception, Infant to Junior, First to Middle or Primary to
 Secondary school, must be administered by the Authority as part of its agreed scheme of co-
 ordination.

 All schools, no matter what their status, will receive the same levels of support in respect of
 the admissions process.



 Contact details

 Sam Surtees, Education Officer (Admissions)
 Tel: 01223 699388
 Email: sam.surtees@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                               Early Years and Childcare

The Early Years and Childcare Service provide statutory functions detailed within the
Childcare Act. It also provides high quality support, challenge and advice to early years
settings, schools and out-of school provision. The service also has the strategic lead for
play.

Contact details:

Gill Harrison, Head of Early Years and Child Care
Tel: 01223 728542
Email: gill.harrison@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                               Education Officer Team
                             Education Support Services

The Education Officer team works with schools on management and operational
matters; providing advice, guidance and support on complex inter-related issues. The
team is available to support the whole school community – staff, governors, pupils,
parents and the wider community - as appropriate.

The Education Officer team is a well qualified and highly experienced unit comprising
three officers with senior teaching experience (including two ex-secondary
Headteachers) and an officer with strong business consultancy experience. They are
managed by a Head of Service with 26 years local government background, all of which
has been in schools- facing work. The work of the team has been consistently highly
commended by schools.

Outcomes often include:
    enhanced well-being of pupils and staff
    clear plans and improved management
    improved school effectiveness
    improved communication with staff, parents, governors and local communities
    improved partnership working between schools and local authority services,
      other agencies and organisations to support children and families

Advice, guidance and support from the Education Officer team are available to all
Cambridgeshire schools. The team will provide support for a wide range of management
and operational issues which can include:

      Management advice: provision of a professional sounding board and support for
       Headteachers facing complex issues: community issues; work with high-level
       contact schools and partnership working around vulnerable children; guidance
       and informed discussion on working within procedural and legal frameworks;
       support for policy development; support in developing strategies that will
       strengthen the competencies of the senior management team and staff in
       responding to issues; investigative work on behalf of schools; mediation.
      Complaints: prevention, conciliation, mediation and support for Headteachers;
       governors, parents and carers; provision of advice and guidance on complaints
       to parents, young people and members of the public.
      Safeguarding: named senior link officer for allegations against staff; work with
       the Local Safeguarding Children Board, safer recruitment training; confidential
       advice to schools; provision of a conduit for whistle blowing; training and support
       on safeguarding and allegations; co-ordination between school, police, press and
       PR and other partner agencies; site security review and recommendations;
       support on some safeguarding elements of OfSTED inspections.
      Emergency management: front-line support and guidance from a senior officer
       in emergencies and critical incidents; access to “Managing a Critical Incident”
       and “Business Continuity Planning for Schools” guidance, including case studies
       and model plans; provision of guidance on Business Continuity Planning
       (including support during national or local emergencies such as swine flu); free
       training on writing and exercising emergency plans; access to 24 hour critical
       incident helpline; a critical incident officer to assemble an appropriate team of
       education professionals trained in trauma management and psychological
       support; advice on working with local communities, media and partners during
       critical incidents.


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      Communication: publishing up-to-date advice and guidance for schools through
       the education portal; weekly newsletter to schools providing updates on
       guidance, training, events and opportunities; provision of consultation
       opportunities; signposting to other local authority services.
      Headteacher wellbeing: training and support to assist senior management in
       meeting statutory duty of care; support to improve retention of senior
       management team; ad-hoc support to Headteachers in challenging
       circumstances.
      The Education Helpline: provides advice and guidance to Headteachers, school
       staff and parents on issues ranging from support on school management to
       general advice and guidance on education-related topics.
      Community support: mediation with members of the community; community
       cohesion advice and guidance; advice on working with local communities.
      Support and mentoring for Newly-Qualified Teachers (NQTs): provide named
       confidant for NQTs; meet statutory responsibility for duty of care for NQTs.
      Support to Headteacher groups: support to Cambridgeshire Primary Heads
       and Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads to ensure a Local Authority link to, and
       strong relationships with, Headteachers; consultation with Heads’ groups on
       Local Authority strategic plans and objectives; support for inter-school
       relationships.

   Contact details

   Ray Worsley
   Tel: 01223 703561
   Email: ray.worsley@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                 Education Psychology

The Educational Psychology Service makes a distinctive contribution through applying
psychology to help young people solve problems and improve learning.

We will continue to provide psychological assessments and advice as part of the
Statutory Assessment process as agreed by the Area Panel. In addition, we will
contribute to the:

    Monitoring of pupil outcomes and effective management of resources
    Statutory Reviews of Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where
     there are serious concerns regarding the provision of the pupil’s placement or their
     transition.

If schools wish to purchase additional time from Educational Psychologists to fulfil other
non-statutory functions, these are set out in Section 2 of the brochure.

Contact details
Jane Ryder Richardson, Head of Access/ Principal Educational Psychologist
Tel: 01223 703550
Email: jane.ryderrichardson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                            Home to School/College Transport

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to provide home to school/college transport for
pupils of statutory school age who meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of the status of
the school which they attend. The Authority’s Home to School Transport Policy will
continue to apply to pupils attending an Academy.

The core eligibility criteria are as follows:

       the pupil lives within the area where Cambridgeshire is the Local Authority
       the pupil is at least in the school year in which he/she will attain his/her fifth
        birthday
       the pupil is registered at the school designated by the Local Authority and this is
        not within walking distance of home (i.e. 2 miles for primary school pupils and 3
        miles for 11-16 year olds) measured by the shortest available walking route to
        the nearest entrance to the school and
       the maximum journey times (excluding the time taken to get to the designated
        pick-up point or waiting time for a connecting service) are 45 minutes for primary
        children and 75 minutes for secondary aged pupils, each way.

Contact details

Clare Buckingham, Education Officer (Transport Policy & Strategy)
Tel: 01223 699779
Email: clare.buckingham@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Sue Eagle, Education Transport Manager
Tel: 01223 715598
Email: sue.eagle@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                     Locality Teams

Our 14 multi-disciplinary Locality teams provide preventative, targeted services to
children, young people and their families. The principles of Locality work are based on
the premise that agencies and services will work together in order to improve outcomes
for children, young people and their families. The elements of Locality team services that
will continue to be available to children and young people educated in Academies are
set out below.

Locality Managers

The role of Locality Managers will be to act as a key point of contact between
Academies in their Locality and key services for children for whom Locality Managers
are responsible. It will also include linking with other services within CYPS and with key
partners, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH). The role may expand
into a joint-commissioning function, working with staff in Academies to ensure that an
effective team around the child (TAC) process is in place through the Common
Assessment Framework (CAF), and that resources are being brought together,
particularly in relation to vulnerable children and families. In complex cases, the Locality
Manager may act as the Lead Professional for a child.

Locality Managers will co-ordinate and develop cross-partnership work in developing
services for children and young people, identify the needs of communities, negotiate with
partners on local priorities based on that need, and support the delivery of the Big Plan
at a local level.

They will continue to provide and performance-manage services for children in all
schools, as well as any bought back by Academies, through:

      Agreeing key performance targets for the provided service in relation to
       individual Academies
      Ensuring quality standards are met
      Providing regular reports and updates on performance
      Line-managing staff and managing risk
      Responding to complaints
      Ensuring effective communication about the service to Academy staff, parents,
       carers and pupils
      Assisting Academies in the management of transition processes, exclusions and
       managed moves
      Ensuring that children and young people who may be vulnerable at the point of
       transition are supported and that Academies are aware of additional support that
       may be needed to ensure an effective transition.

Children’s Centres (children aged 0-5 years and their families)

Children’s Centres provide information and access to services for children aged 0-5
years and their families concerning:

      Health services
      Family support services
      Family activities information
      Early years education and childcare
      Employment and training advice.



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Children's Centre staff can support parents and carers to find the information they need,
and activities take place both within the centre and through outreach venues, making
services more accessible to families. Family Involvement Workers work with families on
a one-to-one basis, where appropriate, and also provide parenting programmes to
groups.

Children’s Centres are usually managed by the Locality Manager, but may also be
contracted out to another provider with whom strong links are maintained. Children’s
Centres are inspected by OfSTED. Localities generally have a number of Children’s
Centres and families can choose to access whichever is most convenient to them.
http://www.cambridgeshirechildrenscentres.org.uk


Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) (children of statutory school age)

Statutory duty
To ensure that parents carry out their legal duty to ensure their child receives “efficient
full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude and any special educational
needs he she has, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise”.
Education Act 1996

Parents who fail in this duty can be:
    prosecuted under Section 444(1) and 444(1A) of the Act,
    served with a School Attendance Order under Section 443,
    be subject to a Education Supervision Order under the Children Act1989
    Issued with a fixed penalty fine under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003

The statutory enforcement elements of the Education Welfare Officer role will continue to
be provided by the Local Authority starting from pre-court meetings conducted under
Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) conditions. Academies will retain
responsibility for maintaining school registers according to the law, meeting any
attendance targets set by DfE, and addressing poor attendance. If Academies wish to
purchase Education Welfare operational support, to fulfil other, non-statutory duties,
these are set out in Section 2 of this brochure.

Integrated Youth Support (Youth Work and Connexions)

This support is generally offered to young people aged 13 to 19, but sometimes from 11
years where there is a need, and up to 25 years for those with additional needs.

Youth Workers provide a wide range of positive activities, projects, clubs and events to
help young people to reach their full potential and manage the transition to adulthood. In
addition, Youth Workers work with individuals or small groups of more vulnerable young
people with behavioural or social difficulties helping them to develop skills and self-
esteem.

Connexions Personal Advisers (PAs) provide young people with information and
confidential advice on education, employment and training issues. In the future, this
work will be increasingly targeted to vulnerable groups, although provision of some
universal advice may still be available via group sessions, and there will be web-based
information.

Intensive Personal Advisers (IPAs) offer enhanced support for young people who are
vulnerable and who may also have health and/or other problems, which are likely to


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mean that they will find it particularly difficult to make the transition into further education,
employment or training. IPAs work closely with other agencies to help young people
overcome these barriers. They also work with those young people (usually 16-19) who
are not in employment, education or training (NEET) to support them into education,
employment or training (EET).

Parent Support Advisers (PSAs) can be offered to parents of primary-school aged
children or secondary-school aged children.

PSAs:

       Provide support and advice to parents on a one-to-one basis, including the use of
        accredited parenting programmes;
       Run accredited parenting programmes for groups of parents, often open to
        parents of children of any age;
       Support the relationship between school and home;
       Offer support to parents when children first show signs of behavioural or
        attendance difficulties;
       Put parents in touch with other agencies and support in the community.

Locality teams are currently able to commit a certain level of support, based on available
resources. At present, PSAs are mainly supported by central government-provided
extended schools funding, the future of which is not yet certain. We hope to be able to
clarify arrangements for future access to this support once further information has been
provided about overall government funding plans.

How to access support from Locality teams

The CAF has now become the primary tool for assessing the needs of children and
young people across services. Good-quality CAFs enable services to be delivered more
quickly and effectively, and enable the child and family to be involved in the assessment.

Regular Locality Allocation and Referral Meetings (LARMs), based on a consistent set of
practice guidelines, are being established around clusters of primary and secondary
schools in each Locality. Where multi-agency support is required, these meetings
provide the forum for the identification of support and allocation of resources. As a
minimum, these meetings are held monthly and all schools, including Academies, will
have access to a LARM.

Through the CAF and LARM processes, co-ordinated plans to meet needs will be
established, reviewed and tracked. A Lead Professional will be allocated to co-ordinate
the plan and liaise with the family.

Guidance about the CAF and the statutory referral form (Education Welfare Services
and Social care only) form can be accessed here:
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/childrenyoungpeople/childrentrust/caf/

Children and families can contact Locality teams directly to ask for support and
Children’s Centres and Integrated Youth Support may have open sessions and activities.

Outcomes, performance indicators and quality assurance

Detailed Locality Team Practice Standards are set out in the Practice Standards
document and are monitored as part of a quality assurance process. Each Locality Team


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contributes to the following key outcomes (key performance indicators are outlined as
part of the Practice Standards):

       Supporting families with young children to get a good start in life
       Increasing attendance at school where it is poor
       Improving behaviour of children and young people in school and at home
       Working with schools to support young people at risk of exclusion to stay in
        mainstream education
       Supporting targeted young people into positive activities
       Increasing the percentage of young people participating in learning. (raising the
        age of 100% participation to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015)
       Reducing % 16-18 year olds, who are not in education, employment or training
        (NEET), including care leavers, PRU leavers and young people with SEN
       Reducing the numbers of first time entrants into the Youth Justice System aged
        10-17
       Reducing substance misuse by young people
       Reducing the under 18 conception rate
       Reducing the numbers of 16-18 year olds presenting as homeless
       Ensuring young people participating in activities achieve recorded and
        accredited outcomes which will enable them to progress positively into
        adulthood

Contact details
Locality teams are based on secondary school catchment areas:

South Cambs and City Area
Area Manager Localities and Partnership: Sarah Ferguson 01223 712588
Cottenham and Swavesey: Jon Butler 01954 284698
Cambridge North: Paul Connelly 01223 712468
Cambridge South: Lorraine Hewitt 01223 699412
Sawston and Linton: Jo Shickell 01223 475921
Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Comberton and Gamlingay: Anna O’Leary 01954 286010

Huntingdonshire Area
Area Manager Localities and Partnership: Sarah Tabbitt 01480 373813
Huntingdon: Alison Smith 01480 376576
St Ives: James Burgess 01480 376589
Ramsey, Sawtry and Yaxley: Jo Voce 01487 813197
St Neots: Carol Way 01480 375533

East Cambs and Fenland Area
Area Manager Localities and Partnership: Lorraine Lofting 01353 612732
Wisbech: Karen Beaton 01945 482005
March and Chatteris: Anna Calvert 01354 651703
Whittlesey: Tanya Edgell 01733 203624
Bottisham, Burwell and Soham: Lisa Riddle 01223 475900
Ely, Littleport and Witchford: Jo Sollars 01353 612830




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                                  Parent Partnership

Parent Partnership is an arm’s-length service, providing impartial advice and support to
parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs.

We promote positive outcomes for children and young people through partnerships
between parents, schools, Local Authority officers and other agencies.

We produce a wide range of literature for parents about special educational needs as
well as providing training.

Our caseworkers have allocated areas to ensure a good knowledge of the schools and
support services in their areas.

We have a Confidential Advice Line Link (CALL), phone 01223 699214, open from 10am
to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, term time only. Messages can be left
outside of these hours.

Contact details

Parent Partnership Service Coordinator
Tel: 01223 699211
Email: ppo@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                             Special Educational Needs
                           Resources and Placement Team

 The Resources and Placement Team (RAPT) consists of a Manager, Resources
 Officers, Improving Choice Broker, Travel Liaison Officers, and Occupational
 Therapists.

 We work closely with a wide range of agencies to ensure that the needs of a child or
 young person with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) who is between
 the ages of 0-25 are met. This includes:

      Negotiating early years mainstream and special school places
      Arranging specialist out county placements
      Monitoring contract compliance
      Arranging transport, including for Looked After Children
      Providing quality assurance
      Monitoring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with complex
       needs being transported to and from school/respite/care home
      Providing training for drivers and escorts and a programme of independent travel
       for young people
      Purchasing specialist equipment
      Identifying appropriate adaptations to schools for children with disabilities
      Promoting development of facilities, accommodation and therapy services
       associated with special school and other specialist provision
      Identifying gaps in provision and raising issues with relevant services
      Undertaking processes related to the commissioning of provision for post-16
       Learners with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities
      Supporting the implementation of outcomes from the Children’s Area Allocation
       Panel and County Resourcing Panel, which may require commissioning services
       from in-house or volunteer/private sector.

 Contact details

 Judith Davies, Head of Commissioning Enhanced Services
 Tel: 01223 726150
 Email: judith.davies@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

 Michelle Docking, Manager of Resource and Placement Team
 Tel: 01480 372612
 Email: michelle.docking@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                Special Education Needs
                              Student Assessment Service

The Student Assessment Service undertakes the statutory assessment of pupils’ special
educational needs (SEN) in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice. This includes
issuing Statements of Special Educational Needs and monitoring pupils’ progress
through the Annual Review of the Statement.

Our Special Needs Officers:

    Provide advice and support to schools and families during and following the
     Statutory Assessment process and continue to be a point of contact while the
     Statement remains in place.

    Monitor the progress of all Statemented pupils and will be closely involved when
     changes to provision or placement are required, when there are issues to be
     resolved regarding the meeting of a pupil’s needs and when applications to the
     Resourcing Panels are indicated.

Under the current funding arrangement, schools provide for all pupils on School Action,
School Action Plus, and for those with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where
the Teaching Assistant (TA) support specified is 15 hours or less from their delegated
funding for Additional Educational Needs. We fund the additional TA hours for pupils
deemed to require more than 15 hours of support, as determined by the Children’s Area
Allocation Panel and the County Resourcing Panel.

The Additional Educational Needs formula is in the process of being reviewed.

Contact details

Jackie Short, Manager for Student Assessment Service
Tel: 01480 372609
Email: jackie.short@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                Services now available for Academies to buy – overview

The following pages outline services which will be available to Academies on a buy-back
basis. These services fall into two categories:

      Services that already trade with schools
      Services that will now be available for Academies to buy back from the Authority

These services have previously been included within the Local Authority Central Spend
Equivalent Grant (LACSEG) but the funding for them has been recouped by the DfE to
enable Academies to provide these services themselves or purchase them from a
provider, such as the Authority.




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                       Asbestos Management Consultancy

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Team provides advice, consultancy and
management services in relation to asbestos management, enabling schools to
comply with general duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and
associated regulations, such as the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations
(CAWR) 2006. The services available from our experienced, appropriately qualified
and skilled team include:

      Development of a school specific “Asbestos Management Plan” in
       accordance with CAWR
      Provision of statutory training on asbestos and asbestos management
      Arranging and overseeing asbestos surveys undertaken by appropriately
       accredited asbestos surveyors
      Oversight and audit of any asbestos surveys undertaken at the school
       (including destructive surveys required for all major refurbishment and
       building projects)
      Ad hoc asbestos sampling of suspect materials as and when required to
       enable maintenance work to be undertaken
      Maintenance and management of a database of asbestos-containing
       materials identified in the school
      Management of any on-site asbestos emergencies. This will include any
       liaison that may be required with enforcement agencies, arrangement of any
       required licences and the procurement and management of specialist
       contractors to undertake emergency repairs and removals
      Project management of scheduled works on asbestos-containing materials
       (for example in preparation for refurbishment, maintenance or construction
       works)
      Provision of a “Management of Contractors” control system to ensure
       contractors are aware of asbestos hazards

We are currently managing a major five-year project to re-survey all schools, using
our established network of specialist asbestos surveyors and contractors, who were
appointed following a competitive tendering process.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

Our staff hold appropriate industry-recognised qualifications including the British
Occupational Hygiene Proficiency certificates in the Management of Asbestos (P405)
and Surveying and Sampling for Asbestos (P402).

We have a significant successful record of working in partnership with schools and
other key stakeholders to ensure that projects are delivered on time and within
budget. This includes experience of managing a number of high-risk asbestos
emergencies.

We have established positive working relationships with enforcement agencies such
as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Our work has been highlighted by the
HSE as meeting best practice standards.

We have been instrumental in ensuring that no enforcement action has been taken
against the County Council or local schools in the past five years.


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Each contract will be supported by an agreed Service Level Agreement. SLAs will
depend on the range of services that individual schools wish to purchase. As a
minimum we will:

      Manage asbestos to a level that is required by the Control of Asbestos
       Regulations (2006)

      Attend site within three hours for an asbestos emergency


Costs of service

Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Retainer fee includes:                      Retainer fee of £600 per school

      Maintenance of school asbestos
       information and records
      Provision of a School Asbestos
       Management Plan and Policy
      Attendance at Asbestos
       Emergencies (up to 3 hours –
       thereafter £50 per hour)
      Attendance at Asbestos
       Emergencies (first 3 hours –
       thereafter £50 per hour)
      Management of refurbishment /
       demolition surveys, including
       attending site meetings (to a
       maximum of 3 hours – thereafter
       £50 per hour)
      Project management of asbestos
       removal works, including
       attendance at site meetings (to a
       maximum of 3 hours – thereafter
       £50 per hour)

All service times include time spent
travelling to and from site.


Contact details

Philip Hill, Health and Safety (Property and Security) Adviser
Tel: 01223 699120
Email: philip.hill@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                   Asset Management*

Production and Review of Asset Management Plans (AMPs)

Asset Management Plans play a key role in schools’ strategic decision-making by
informing effective and targeted use of Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) allocations,
with a focus on:

      Raising standards of educational attainment
      Improving the general condition of school accommodation and addressing
       maintenance problems
      Addressing deficiencies in accommodation as measured against the relevant
       DfE Building Bulletin guidance
      Reducing carbon emissions and energy use
      Maximising value for money

There are three main parts to the production of an Assessment Management Plan:

   1. An assessment of the general condition of a school’s accommodation and
      overall site, involving a non-intrusive survey of all accommodation and site
      areas. The survey is sufficiently thorough to identify whether there is a need
      to undertake more in-depth assessments or tests.

   2. An assessment of the general suitability of a school’s accommodation against
      the latest DfE Building Bulletin. This covers the size and shape of individual
      spaces, the environment within them, the location of spaces, the ICT
      infrastructure and the appropriateness of the fixed furniture.
   3. The Net Capacity Assessment from which a school’s intake limit and
      Published Admission Number (PAN) are determined. This is generally
      undertaken on a four-yearly rolling programme but can be specifically
      commissioned in order to inform schools’ capital investment decisions and
      published admission arrangements.
All assessments are undertaken by a specialist, technical officer with over fifteen
years’ experience in the Education sector, under the management and direction of an
officer with twenty years’ Asset Management experience, supported by a Property
Survey team.
In addition, the Authority is a partner to Tribal, K2 Facilities and Asset Management
software.
K2 is one of the new generation in software applications capable of:
      integrated asset planning
      delivering complex data analysis functionality including: trend analysis and
       data and information management, enabling effective decision-making
      holding all data on property and asset portfolio, including condition, suitability,
       the AMP Floor Plan and the Net Capacity Assessment.
Our staff are fully trained in the application and in the interpretation of the associated
data.




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Performance indicators and quality assurance

Asset Management Plans are produced in accordance with DfE guidance and take
due account of the most up-to-date Building Bulletins.

Costs of service

 Details of service offered:                Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

 Initial assessments and production of an   £1,088 per site
 Asset Management Plan

 Further information:
 Further assessments and plans will be priced on application.

Contact details

Alison Revell, Education Capital Project Manager
Tel: 01223 699996
Email: alison.revell@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                              Broadband/Remote Access*

CCN, the Cambridgeshire Community Network, provides a safe, secure and reliable
broadband connection between schools, the National Education Network and the
internet. Via CCN, schools benefit from:
      A nationally-approved filtering regime (which has different profiles for different
       groups of users and allows safe use of Google and Google Images in school)
      Guaranteed bandwidth which is not shared with other sites and is designed
       for pupils to upload and share material as well as to download it
      Direct access to the NEN (National Education Work, a secure area for
       schools with high-quality tools and resources for learning, such as those
       provided by E2BN that most schools use)
      County firewalls and security systems shielding schools from malicious
       internet-borne attacks such as viruses, denial of service and hacking
      Video conferencing
      Access to cost-effective shared systems such as staff/student/parent remote
       access, central hosting of SIMS and email
The CCN contract is due to expire in 2012 and will be replaced with the
Cambridgeshire Public Sector Network (CPSN). This section of the brochure will be
revised accordingly in due course.



Costs of service

Details of service offered:                  Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                             stated):

Schools are connected at a minimum of        Prices for individual schools using CCN
2mbps (primary) and 10 mbps                  are available on request.
(secondary). In most cases, additional
bandwidth may be purchased.


Contact details

Education ICT Service
Tel: 01480 376655
Email: ict.service@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.ict.ccceducation.net




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                              Cambridgeshire Advisory Service


Cambridgeshire Advisory Service (CAS) provides high-quality continuing professional
development opportunities for all who work in, or with, schools. CAS organises over a
thousand courses a year across all schools and provides bespoke in-school
consultancies tailored to an individual school’s need. Our course and consultancy
programme includes support for curriculum development, leadership, management
and assessment, governor training, PE and sport, and school workforce
development. CAS also provides specialist health and safety advice for PE and sport
(including swimming), art and design, design and technology and science.

We have a team of high-quality advisers with appropriate expertise and experience,
many of whom are nationally renowned in their field.

We use a range of training styles and approaches to meet the professional
development needs of the school workforce, including Headteachers and senior
leaders, teachers and support staff.

We work hard to develop good relationships with schools, building and refining
aspects of our CPD programme on school demand. In particular, we aim to ensure
that:

       We personalise our training to specific audiences, responding to identified needs
        and feedback as these arise
       Our training is well prepared, well paced, inspiring and engaging
       We use resources and materials which are relevant, up-to-date and reflect good
        practice
       We promote active participation with opportunities to share and challenge ideas
       We enable participants to reflect, explore and review
       We build capacity by developing participants’ knowledge and understanding,
        providing them with skills that they can use straight away in the workplace

For full details of our course programme for 2010-11 go to the CAS website at:
www.cas.ccceducation.net

Performance indicators and quality assurance

Each participant is offered the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each CAS
event has been successful in meeting their needs. Evaluations offer a five-grade
response from ‘very good’ to ‘poor’ on each of the following aspects:

         achievement of aims
         delivery and presentation
         materials and resources
         potential impact on practice
         overall rating

‘Potential impact on practice’ enables participants to reflect on how they can apply
their learning to pupil/student learning and development. Participants are also asked
how the activity could be improved and what further training they would find useful.
These comments are used to inform future planning and delivery. Participants are
supported in identifying future learning needs, with contact details for follow-up
guidance/support given.


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CAS has an evaluation target of 95% ‘satisfactory or better’, and consistently
achieves over 90% ‘good or better’.

Any concerns expressed are followed up within ten working days with the intention of
reaching a mutually acceptable outcome. CAS also monitors course attendance in
terms of gender, ethnicity and disability.

Annual audits of CAS provision are also undertaken to ensure that provision meets
the needs of schools and individual participants.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Consultancy                                 1 hour £102
                                            2 hours £204
                                            3 hours £306
                                            4 hours £408
                                            5 to 6 hours/a day £510

Annual subscription to the CAS            £220 per school
Professional Development Network.
Subscribing schools benefit from a range
of reduced cost CPD, including 5% off all
CAS courses and consultancies.
Further information:
Charges to Academies will be the same as to local authority schools.

Charges for individual courses are publicised in our course booklets.

Contact details

Nigel Battey, Senior Adviser
Tel: 01480 375248
Email: nigel.battey@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                 Cambridgeshire Music


Cambridgeshire Music provides a strategic and coordinated infrastructure for musical
learning and development across the county. Over a hundred experienced and
qualified (usually to degree or post-graduate level) teachers and music therapists
(the largest working in education in the country) work across Cambridgeshire and
Peterborough, providing activities for pupils in school time and via extra-curricular
groups, extended services, courses and music Academies.

Many of our staff have experience in running large-scale projects and developments
alongside their teaching skills, or are trained conductors or examiners for national
boards.

We are able to support contemporary, multicultural, traditional and classical forms of
music.

Many of our teachers have been well-established in the area for a long time and
know the extra-curricular and infrastructure opportunities for their students extremely
well, enabling signposting according to their interests and talents. As such, it is
usually possible to provide rapid access to knowledge for a specific child or area of
study on request.

We provide tuition in instrumental skills including voice, direction or coaching of
school bands and orchestras. On request, we can also provide music for classroom-
based curriculum, master classes, leadership training for students in musical
development and the national KS2 instrumental music and the KS3 musical futures
programmes.

Students may be referred through Locality teams or by schools themselves for
specific assessment. Students benefiting from the service have access to the
County instrument bank at no charge.

The service provides benefits in the form of additional coaching at no cost for gifted
and talented students including all those that achieve post Grade 5 standard, and
free lessons to students eligible for school meals or who are looked after by the
authority (These costs would otherwise be borne by the school.)

Advanced students are able to access high-level coaching and opportunities both
individually and in groups with links to conservatoires, universities and Aldeburgh
Young Musicians.

We offer schools discounted rates on the loan of sets of music for ensembles as well
as access to free advice and information on a wide range of music development
areas from specialist staff.

In addition, we coordinate the provision of training for music leaders in singing
through the Sing Up programme and Vocal Force and also provide specialist projects
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Recent activity in 2010-11 has included:

      50 students on symphonic orchestral tour to Prague including performances
       of Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony
      Over 250 young people and teachers working with international gospel
       director and singer Ken Burton in both singing and professional development
       sessions.
      Over 100 young percussionists from across the County working with
       professional duos Duplicity and Maraca2 leading to a performance of Striking
       Together at the Cambridge Corn Exchange complete with video projection, as
       part of the London 2012 Inspire Programme
      A new Early Years project, supported by Youth Music, developing string
       playing with two children’s centres in the county linked to further learning at
       primary school.

We aim to ensure that all our partners get information and access to major new
initiatives and opportunities as soon as possible and foster the links required to
maximise the benefit to Cambridgeshire students.

Our new Music Live festival week in 2011 promises to bring more opportunities for
experiencing and trying out music in our partner schools.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

Monitoring of performance is undertaken by a small team of experienced managers
on a monthly basis. This provides a check on delivery, service and quality and
informs the annual service review and the national Music Service evaluation
programme.

The performance of staff is observed and development targets including CPD
established for all postholders. Staff work to established national standards for
teachers and therapists and within our customer service commitments for
administration.

Our recruitment process is extremely robust, going beyond standard DfE vetting
requirements, ensuring that the teaching and playing skills of potential employees are
fully explored before any appointments are made.

The service has consultation mechanisms with representative Headteacher groups
and directly with students and parents. These inform our future service direction,
annual planning and development

All partners are offered regular review meetings to plan and set up new opportunities
and we pride ourselves on being able to tailor our packages or design new ones to
meet individual school needs.




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Costs of service

Details of service offered:                   Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                              stated):

Development Partnership for schools           annual subscription between £258-£903
not requiring any tuition or therapy
services but wanting access to
information about opportunities and
resources for their students.

School Charging Partnership for               annual subscription between £516-£1803
schools that wish to retain responsibility
for managing tuition contracts and
finances with parents; includes all
benefits of development partnership plus
performance management of visiting
music teachers and tuition advice and
support. School books time at buy back
rates for activities – see below.

Direct Charging Partnership for               annual subscription between £876-£3090
schools that wish to have no financial risk
for tuition contracts; these are managed
by Cambridgeshire Music direct with
parents. Schools are not charged for any
tuition but can book time for other
activities at the buyback rates below.

KS2 instrumental programme:                   £1635 per hour per academic year
Classroom curriculum                          £2040 per hour per academic year
Music Therapy                                 £1608 per hour per academic year
Ensembles                                     £1530 per hour per academic year
Instrumental & Vocal Tuition                  £1251 per hour per academic year

Contact details

Matthew Gunn, Head of Cambridgeshire Music
Tel: 01480 373555
Email: matthew.gunn@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.cambridgeshiremusic.org




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                              Cambridgeshire Outdoors

Cambridgeshire Outdoors (CO) is an umbrella group linking all the County services
involved in delivering high-quality Learning Outside the Classroom to support
learning for children and young people, working in partnership with the County’s
Outdoor Education Adviser, Stephen Brown. The group comprises Burwell House,
Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service (CEES) and Grafham Water
Centre.

Our aims are to:

      Bring learning to life through a wide range of outdoor learning experiences
       and choice
      Support all schools in offering all children opportunities to learn in creative
       and challenging ways
      Ensure high-quality learning outside the classroom
      Ensure cost-effectiveness
      Ensure high standards in safety across the provision
      Make a clear case for the value of learning outside the classroom
      Improve information for schools, youth groups and the wider community
      Broaden understanding and provision of Learning Outside The Classroom
       through other agencies
      Meet personal learning needs of each child through residential and non-
       residential experiences.

Burwell House offers tailor-made, stimulating residential and day courses covering a
wide range of areas across the whole primary curriculum at its large 18th Century
house set in three acres of secure, landscaped gardens. These provide a relaxed,
friendly and homely atmosphere for all visitors. The house accommodates between
25 and 55 students and we generally only have one school in residence at any time.

Our well-qualified and experienced teaching team both develop and lead a very
diverse range of activities, including historical and scientific investigation, local
geographical study, team building and problem solving as well as an array of art and
craft options. In addition, we have a professionally equipped TV studio providing
children and young people with the opportunity to create, perform and produce a TV
show.

We also provide access to a wide range of curriculum-linked day and residential
courses, led by CEES’s team of experienced teachers, which aim to:

      Improve knowledge and understanding about the environment
      Offer first-hand experience in the environment
      Develop skills through the environment, and
      Encourage informed concern and action for the environment and for
       sustainable lifestyles

The Centre also doubles as a quality professional development venue for up to 30
delegates.

Stibbington Residential Centre offers an inspirational learning environment for
groups of up to 38. 3-day programmes for KS1 and 2 children are tailored to
individual schools’ needs, to support classroom work on science, geography, history,
art, literacy or numeracy through the environment. All residential experiences also


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emphasise care for the environment and support the national Eco Schools award
scheme.

We offer day courses at several centres around the County. An indication of the
more popular themes is given for each:

      Stibbington Centre– rivers, rocks, habitats, locality, evacuation, Victorian
       School
      Upware Centre – rural fenland locality, habitats, minibeasts, rocks and
       Romans
      Wisbech Castle – urban locality and Victorian domestic life
      Coldham Wind Farm – renewable energy and sustainable schools
      Burwell House – CEES day courses in development from 2010, see above

In addition, we provide:

      A termly environmental education newsletter
      Teachers’ resources
      Professional development for environmental education
      School grounds support service
      School-based workshops for pupils
      Support service for Sustainable Schools and Eco Schools

Grafham Water Centre provides a wide range of adventurous and environmental
activities at its 15 acre site on the shoreline of Grafham Water. It provides the ideal
setting for an array of challenging watersports and land-based activities which
include sailing, kayaking, orienteering, problem solving and climbing.

The Centre has recently benefited from an investment of £3.75m which has
significantly improved disabled access, and provided a new indoor adventure hall
with 10 metre high climbing wall and 20 metre archery range together with an
extension of our residential facilities, lounges and conference facilities.

We offer tailored, enjoyable programmes with a range of challenging activities,
culminating in a review of what students have learned from these experiences and
discussion of how opportunities can be found to transfer that learning to school and
home. We achieve this by engaging teachers in discussion of their school’s particular
aims and objectives and responding to their particular requirements. Our instructors
lead activities but in partnership with visiting staff.

Options are available for residential or day visits, with the residential centre
accommodating up to 120 students at any one time.

The Centre also doubles as a flexible, friendly and comfortable professional
development venue for up to 100 delegates.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

Each Centre ensures the quality of its provision in a number of ways.

We use detailed evaluation forms to provide visiting children and teachers with the
opportunity to reflect on the qualities of all aspects of our service. The feedback
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We undertake a thorough and rigorous training programme: at Burwell and CEES
there are termly peer evaluation sessions, providing opportunity for observation
between and across Centres; at Grafham Water peer evaluation is supplemented by
regular observations of adventure sessions by managers. Through this process the
Centres share good practice and ensure the quality of provision from all programme
staff.

Food hygiene inspections are carried out regularly by the local Environmental Health
Officer and high standards are achieved.

Range of service levels available

All Centres operate a very flexible service with a wide range of options – there is no
fixed price. The Centres can be used for school residentials or day trips, and as
youth venues.

Burwell House and Grafham Water Centre can be used as conference venues and
are also available for hire at weekends and during the holidays for use as drama and
music rehearsal venues or as art retreats.

All three can be booked on a self catering basis.

Costs of service

School residential prices are variable across different times of year and for different
group sizes. Prices are available on request.

Contact details

James Dawkins, Burwell House
Tel: 01638 741256
Email: burwell.house@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.burwellhouse.com

Rosie Edwards, Stibbington
Tel: 01780 782386
Email: cees.stibbington@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.cees.org.uk

Ian Downing, Grafham Water
Tel: 01480 810521
Email: grafham.water@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.grafham-water-centre.co.uk




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                Cambridgeshire Race, Equality & Diversity Service*

The Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service (CREDS) works in
partnership with schools, settings, families and communities to narrow the attainment
gaps for, and improve participation of, black, minority ethnic (BME), Gypsy, Roma
and Traveller children, young people and families, including those who have English
as an additional language (EAL).

The Teaching and Learning Teams include:

      Advisory Teachers with specialisms in EAL, Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and
       Black Children’s Achievement
      Teaching Assistants (TAs)
      In-class Bilingual Support

The Community Engagement Teams include:

      Home-School Liaison Officers (HSLOs)
      Youth Participation & Community Cohesion Co-ordinators
      Project Development Worker for work with adult Travellers

We offer experience and expertise in the following areas:

1. Professional development and training (including for governing bodies) on:

      Race equality and cultural diversity
      Community cohesion
      Preventing and tackling racism, racist bullying and other prejudice-related
       behaviour
      Cultural awareness, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures
      English as an additional language (including new arrivals)

2. Work with children and young people:

      First language assessment
      Specialist EAL & Traveller advisory teacher support
      TA support
      Bilingual in-class support (Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech,
       German, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi,
       Russian, Slovakian, Tagalog, Turkish, Urdu).
      Workshops on cultural diversity and citizenship

3. Home-school liaison and community engagement to support:

      Admissions
      Transition and retention
      Ascription
      Bilingual support (as above)
      Reducing exclusions
      Attendance
      Families and schools in dealing with incidents of racist bullying & harassment
      Appeals
      Dual registration


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      Community consultation/participation

We provide support and guidance to schools on meeting their equality duties, the
duty to promote community cohesion (Education Act 2006) and, more recently, on
the Equality Act.
We also support schools in developing policies on preventing, dealing with, recording
and reporting racist, homophobic and other prejudice-related incidents, in line with
the latest legislation and relevant codes of practice.

Our contributions to schools include:

      Partnership working with senior leadership teams to develop and evaluate the
       equality and diversity dimension of their leadership and management role
      Support for the development of an inclusive curriculum that values diversity
      Guidance in developing policy and practice relating to equality, diversity and
       community cohesion
      Transition and retention (specifically of Traveller children)
      Promotion of active participation of children, young people and families.
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Performance indicators and quality assurance
In November 2008 Cambridgeshire participated in a national OfSTED thematic
review on Community Cohesion and Social Responsibility. The final report ‘Learning
Together’ was published in February 2010 and included reference to good practice in
Cambridgeshire schools. The feedback from the HMI team to Cambridgeshire
included a number of positive comments regarding the work of CREDS.

In April 2009, CREDS’ Team for Traveller Education (TTE) contributed to the national
OfSTED survey ‘Identifying Good Practice in Promoting Equalities’ and received
positive feedback


Costs of service

Details of service offered:                  Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                             stated):
Advisory Teacher support                     £250 per day

Teaching Assistants, In-class Bilingual      £20 per hour plus travel costs, or £25 per
Support and Home-School Liaison              hour, inclusive of travel – minimum 3
Officers                                     hours/half a day:

Cultural diversity & citizenship workshops   £250 per day

Whole school staff training                  £250 half day & £500 per day

Whole school twilight training               £125

School based TA training                     £125 half day

Contact details
Bethan Rees, Service Manager
Tel: 01223 568841
Email: bethan.rees@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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                Cambridgeshire Catering and Cleaning Services (CCS)
                        Cleaning and Caretaking Services

Contract Cleaning
We offer a full cleaning service to individual site specifications, using fully-trained
staff to deliver the required standard. CCS is ISO-registered, which ensures that a
quality monitored service is delivered. CCS mobile staff are available to support sites
when necessary.

Contract Caretaking
We offer caretaking services to sites on a full or part time basis. All caretaking staff
undergo full training to ensure effective service supply to sites, this is often combined
with the cleaning service.

Consultancy
We are able to undertake one-off consultancy visits that include a full inspection of
the site and standards. This service will ensure that the correct cleaning hours are in
place ensuring that sites are obtaining value for money from their cleaning service.
Full inspections include health and safety recommendations, COSHH checks and a
review of cleaning methods.

Training
We offer cleaning and caretaking related training courses delivered on site including
Health & Safety, COSHH, cleaning methods, modular site officer/Caretaker training,
working at height and basic electrical training.

Specialist Cleaning

CCS offers a range of specialist cleaning services that have been developed to
ensure a comprehensive cleaning package is available to meet your needs. The
specialist areas of work that we can provide include a high level hygiene clean,
builders clean-up, gutter cleaning, carpet care, window cleaning and hall floor
sanding, sealing, lining and polishing.

Costs of services

We tailor the service specifically for your school’s requirements and mutually agree
details of the contractual arrangements.

Contact details

Andy Gibson, Cleaning Manager
Tel: 01354 750028
Email: andy.gibson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                Cambridgeshire Catering and Cleaning Services (CCS)
                                Schools Catering
CCS provides high-quality, child-friendly meals which meet the government’s nutrient
and food standards. Our catering offer also includes:
Primary Schools

     Local Foods - Depending on the time of year, 40% to 70% of our products
       are sourced from the East Anglia region. Through our partnership with the
       Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) and our regular meetings
       with our local suppliers, we are continuously striving to increase the amount
       and quality of the local foods we purchase.

     Marketing - Every School Caterer is provided with a Marketing Manual,
       containing ideas on how to increase the number of children having a meal
       each day. School Caterers and Headteachers can decide on which marketing
       initiatives best suit their school and with the support of the Contract Manager,
       make the necessary arrangements.

     Training – We are a School FEAST (Food Excellence and Skills Training)
       Partner with the School Food Trust, as well as being a registered training
       centre with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. All our staff have
       the opportunity to complete a number of industry-recognised qualifications
       including NVQs. We believe strongly that empowering our staff will give them
       the skills to prepare, cook and promote healthier and tastier school meals that
       meet the government requirements.

Secondary Schools

     Branding – In addition to the above points, we can provide our unique Café
       @ branding in your dining areas and service counters. The new branding
       would have an immediate effect on students and help increase uptake. We
       would also propose to supply every student with a “Pocket Guide” to the new
       range of products, including prices. We would also undertake Student Focus
       Sessions to ensure we meet student requirements and thereby improve the
       services we offer.
Cambridge Catering Centre (C3)

     The Complete Service – C3 is a modern production, packaging, storage and
       distribution centre of frozen and chilled food products which currently provides
       meals to many of Cambridgeshire’s schools that do not have full catering
       facilities and meets the catering needs of other local authorities and
       organisations.
Costs of services

We tailor the service specifically for your school’s requirements and mutually agree
details of the contractual arrangements.

Contact details

Richard Ware, Head of Services
Tel: 01223 706300
Email: richard.ware@cambridgeshire.gov.uk


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                                    Copyright Licences*

 We hold and pay the fees for blanket licences with four copyright agencies, ensuring
 schools have sufficient cover for curricular and some extra-curricular and extended
 school activities within the defined limits of each licence. The licences held are with the:

 Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)
 Educational Recording Agency (ERA)
 Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL)
 Performing Right Society (PRS)

 The licence period in all cases is 1 April-31 March of each year. By entering into these
 licence agreements for all Cambridgeshire schools, we have been able to secure
 significant discounts and cover at much more competitive rates than if schools were to
 hold individual licence agreements. It also removes the need for schools to broker their
 own agreements.

 We provide guidance and support to schools; promoting good practice and
 disseminating the terms and conditions of the four blanket licences held. Advice is also
 provided in respect of additional copyright services which some schools may need to
 procure, depending upon the activities that take place at their premises. We offer peace
 of mind for schools in terms of copyright compliance.

 Performance indicators and quality assurance

 We ensure that Headteachers and all staff working in schools understand their
 responsibilities and liabilities with regard to copyright law and the provision of school
 activities and the use of school resources and facilities.

 In 2010/11, the total discount achieved by the Authority was £53,000 (ERA 30% =
 £9741.09 net, CLA 35% = £43578.73net ).

 Costs of service

 Fees for the CLA licence are calculated using published pupil numbers, and applied
 using a per Primary, Secondary and Special Pupil rate, as set out below:
                               01/04/10-30/09/10            01/10/10-31/03/11
  Primary Pupils               £0.86net/pupil               £0.90net/pupil
  Secondary Pupils             £1.43net/pupil               £1.50net/pupil
  Special Pupils               £1.15net/pupil               £1.21net/pupil
  PRU Pupils                   1.47net/pupil                £1.54net/pupil
  Resource Centres             £33.04net/Centre             £34.69net/Centre

 The increase in fees for the second half of the 2010/11 licence period reflects the
 enhancement to the terms of the licence that will commence on 1 October 2010 which
 will grant permission to reuse digital and website content.

 Fees for the PPL licence are calculated using pupil number bandings. The 2010/11 fees
 paid on behalf of schools are:




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  Aggregate Annual attendance                  Fee (£net)
  1-200 pupils                                 56.83
  201-250 pupils                               66.13
  251-300 pupils                               75.43
  301-350 pupils                               84.73
  351-400 pupils                               94.03
 and increasing to £9.30 net thereafter for each banded increase of 50 pupils on roll.

 Fees for the PRS licence are calculated using pupil number bandings. The 2010/11 fees
 paid on behalf of schools are:

  Aggregate Annual Attendance                Fee (£net)
  1-200 pupils                               64.90
  201-250                                    72.47
 and increasing to £10.28 net for each banded increase of 50 pupils on roll.

 2010/11 fees for the ERA are calculated on a per pupil basis of 32p net/Primary Pupil
 and 56p net/Secondary Pupil, and a 30% discount is then awarded to the Local
 Authority for having taken out a blanket licence.

 Contact details

 Kitty Nevill, Financial Administrator
 Tel: 01223 699793
 Email: kitty.nevill@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                               County Swimming Service

The purpose of the Swimming Service is to:

      Assist all schools to meet their Health and Safety requirements relating to swimming,
       for example resuscitation training, pool care
      Provide a high quality, comprehensive range of swimming tuition and related
       swimming services to schools which choose to buy the service on a traded basis.
Academies that buy back into the service through a Service Level Agreement have an
entitlement of hours based on pupil numbers (primary schools). This time may be used for
any combination of a menu of services, for example assisting schools curriculum and lesson
planning, in-service training and pupil instruction.
Performance indicators and quality assurance
Instructors are all Level 2 swimming teachers. In addition two of our full-time members of
staff are Trainer Assessors for the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS).
All instructors are subject to a biannual independent quality assurance visit.
Range of service levels available

      Health and Safety guidance (Local Authority entitlement to ALL schools)
          - Liaison with County Health and Safety Adviser

      Liaison / representation with governing bodies / organisations (Local Authority
       entitlement for ALL schools)
           - Liaison with local authorities
           - Amateur Swimming Association, Royal Lifesaving Society, Institute of Sport
               and Recreational Management, Sport England.

      Additional Health and Safety support (traded service)
          - Rescue Test for Teachers and Coaches
          - Pool Plant Carer courses
          - Reassessment of Pool Plant Carers

      Provision of instructors (traded service)
          - Pupil instruction at deep-water swimming pools.
          - Pupil instruction at school shallow water pools.
Costs of service

Details of service offered:                       Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                                  stated):
Annual service level agreement (see more          Price is dependent on numbers of pupils on
details of services offered above)                roll, please call to discuss your exact
                                                  specification.
                                                  Indicative average costs are £39.16 per
                                                  hour (tuition, administration).
                                                  Additional hours can be negotiated with a
                                                  rate being agreed on application,
                                                  dependent on function (example function:
                                                  additional swimming tuition £22.45 per
                                                  hour).



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Contact details:
Carol Gronow, General Adviser – PE and Sport
Tel: 01480 375599
Email: carol.gronow@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                               Driver Handyman Service

The Driver Handyman Service:
    Provides a full removals service, including supply and collection of packing
       crates
    Supports schools with their internal reorganisations including:
       moving/relocating existing furniture, placing new furniture, clearance of
       damaged or unwanted furniture
    Undertakes to ensure that all damaged or unwanted furniture is subject to
       appropriate environmental disposal
    Provides a courier service, including the movement of the County’s Art
       Collection between schools and the delivery and collection of musical
       instruments
    Undertakes small-scale furniture repairs
    Assembles flat-packed furniture

Together, our two porters have over 30 years’ experience of working in schools and
colleges. They have undergone all the appropriate checks for working in schools.

Recent achievements include:

      the work undertaken in support of Cheveley Primary School, following an
       emergency at the school which required temporary relocation of some staff
       and pupils; and

      the timely distribution of consultation documents produced by St Neots
       Community College and Longsands College to their partner primary schools,
       in respect of the proposed federation between the two schools.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                           stated):

Removals Service                           £25.00 per hour, per man, inclusive of
                                           transport costs and time. The majority of
                                           jobs consist of two men, equalling £50
                                           per hour.


Contact details

Meredith Hudson, Business Support Manager
Tel: 01223 699788
Email: meredith.hudson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                               Early Years and Childcare

Within Early Years (0-5 years) this service provides focussed support and challenge in
all aspects of the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Support and
guidance is provided for nursery, Reception and the first term in Year 1. Support is also
offered to private, voluntary or independent pre-schools that are affiliated to the school.

Support will be differentiated according to requirements. Key aspects of consultancy
offered include:

    Reviews or ‘health checks’
Reviews could be ‘pre-OfSTED or more specific, for example developing a particular
area of learning or developing the learning environment

     EYFS delivery
Consultancy to develop the effective delivery of the EYFS, so the curriculum meets the
individual needs of the children and the cohort.

     CPD
Training and bespoke workshops on a range of areas including
     - developing an effective learning environment inside and outside
     - developing interactions
     - observation, assessment and planning
     - developing effective early years teaching
     - developing effective leadership of the EYFS
     - approaches to specific aspects of learning e.g. ‘Letters and Sounds’
     - inclusion
     - statutory welfare standards
     - support for teachers ‘new to EYFS’ or NQTs
     - support for TAs and support staff

     EYFS Profile
The Early Years team leads on the moderation of the Profile. Advice can be provided for
the following
     - a health check on the accuracy of judgements
     - support in interpreting the scale points
     - developing systems of internal moderation
     - analysing and using data


Out of School Childcare

The service can offer support in all aspects of delivery for the childcare aspect of
extended schools e.g. breakfast, after school care and holiday provision for children from
3 to 14+ years. Support will be differentiated according to requirements.

Key aspects of consultancy offered:

    Reviews or ‘health checks’
Support with self reflection and action planning through Cambridgeshire’s Early Years
and Childcare Quality Framework.
Reviews could be ‘pre-OfSTED’ or more specific, for example developing a particular
aspect of the play environment.



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     EYFS delivery in out of school care
Childcare for children under the age of six needs to have regard for the EYFS. Guidance
and advice can be provided in how to develop effective and appropriate play
opportunities for this age group.

    CPD
Advice, support and guidance can be offered in aspects of out of school care, including;
       - leading and managing provision
       - developing effective provision
       - inclusion
       - meeting national and local requirements

Costs of service

Prices available on request

Contact details

Gill Harrison, Head of Early Years and Child Care
Tel: 01223 728542
Email: gill.harrison@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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         Education Business Partnership – Work-Related Learning (WRL)*

The Work-Related Learning Service offers the following:

      Provision of advice and review of current provision across the whole WRL
       curriculum and within the vocational offer
      Facilitation of networks to share good practice and facilitated visits to schools
       identified as good practice examples
      Briefing, coaching and support to schools to gain the Work Related Learning and
       Enterprise (WRLE) module of ‘Investing in Quality’ (the local quality award that
       meets national work experience standards)
      Work experience (one or two-week block, targeted, vocational, diploma or young
       apprentice) – access to current database of approved employers for work
       experience placements with all necessary documentation needed for student,
       school, employer and parents (4 way agreement); employer visit service to
       approve new placements; advice on legal, insurance and safeguarding aspects;
       curriculum support; student workbooks for block, targeted and additional needs
       placements
      Education Business Link curriculum activities for KS4 or post-16 students,
       tailored to meet need – enterprise, science, technology, engineering and
       mathematics (STEM), construction skills activities, business mentoring, mock
       interviews, etc
      CPD for staff to provide underpinning knowledge of the world of work
      Employer engagement – access and brokerage service to find the employer input
       needed to support the curriculum

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                           stated):

Consultancy services                       Price on application


Contact details

Guy Dickens, Head of Standards & Effectiveness: 11-19
Tel. 01223 706301
Email: guy.dickens@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                          Education Child Protection Service

The Education Child Protection Service (ECPS) contributes to protecting and
safeguarding children and young people by training and supporting staff in schools
and educational settings.

We provide services to education personnel across Cambridgeshire to enable them
to fulfil their responsibilities under current legislation and government guidance
relating to child protection.

We are able to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to this complex and
sensitive area of schools’ work.

We provide training, support and advice to schools, raising awareness of child
protection and safeguarding issues, enabling staff to keep up-to-date with current
legislation and guidance. Schools can use our advice line to discuss concerns and
obtain advice on appropriate actions to be taken. We also produce guidance on a
range of topics, including model policies which schools can choose to adopt or adapt
to their particular circumstances.

We strive to promote consistent good practice and a professional response to
safeguarding in order to promote the welfare of children.

We provide a rolling programme of Basic Child Protection training for school staff,
ensuring that staff undertake the required training every 3 years, in compliance with
the Education Act 2002. In addition, we provide training materials for schools to train
their own staff.

We also offer the initial two-day training for new Designated Personnel (DP) and the
refresher training every two years, in line with the requirements of the Education Act
2002. We then support designated personnel in managing difficult cases. This may
involve visiting the school to talk to staff, suggesting strategies and providing advice
on the use of resources that could support children, young people and their families.

We maintain strong links with each of the three Area Social Care teams, 14 Locality
teams, Health and Police, ensuring positive working relationships between schools
and those agencies.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

The quality of training is assessed through feedback from participants and the overall
strength of the service is reflected in the commitment to ECPS from schools, and
indirectly from the high standards of safeguarding achieved in schools as assessed
through OfSTED judgements.

OfSTED reports currently show that Cambridgeshire schools have achieved 90%
good or outstanding judgements for Care, Guidance and Support and 78% good or
outstanding judgements for Safeguarding.

We request that schools complete a child protection monitoring report for governors
and review their child protection policy annually.




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Costs of service

Details of service offered:              Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                         stated):

Basic Child Protection training          £300 (half day)

Twilight session                         £150 (1.5 hours)

Mop up Basic training                    £25 (per person)

DP training                              £240 (2 days)

DP Refresher training                    £120 (1 day)

Brochure Courses                         £150 (1 day)

Personal safety programme training       £130 (2 hours)

In–school Support                        £100 (per adviser, per hour)


Contact details

Sara Rogers, Manager of Education Child Protection Service
Tel: 01223 712092
Email: sara.rogers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                     Education ICT

Cambridgeshire Education ICT Service is the local support organisation for
everything to do with technology in schools. Now that ICT is business-critical for
learning, teaching and management in schools, schools need to be able to draw on
the support of professional teams who fully understand the world in which they work.
Many of the service’s 70-strong staff have experience of working in schools, and all
are committed to ongoing professional development which ensures we are fully up-
to-date in understanding how the non-stop changes in education and technology
interconnect.

We support schools through both annual service level agreements and pay-as-you-
use arrangements. We deal with technical issues, e-safety, use of SIMS and pupil
data, e-learning and ICT in the curriculum, school websites and learning platforms.
We offer training and development at school sites or at our centres in
Godmanchester and Waterbeach. We provide a cost-effective procurement and
installation service to schools and a telephone helpline, delivering a number of
centrally-hosted services, including SIMS and e-mail.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

We are an accredited Capita SIMS support centre and our staff include experienced
ICT Mark assessors.

Costs of service

Primary and special schools:
Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Bronze Support:                             £0.80 (per pupil), £265 (base price)
Mandatory – CCN/Broadband cover
ONLY. Does not include SIMS cover.

Silver Support:                             £2.70 (per pupil), £1955 (base price)
Includes Bronze Support (CCN) and
covers SIMS systems. You must
subscribe to this package (or equivalent
package from a Capita-approved
supplier) to meet the requirements of the
Capita SIMS licence.

Gold Support:                               £2.70 (per pupil), £2355 (base price)
Includes Silver Support (CCN) and
covers SIMS systems. You must
subscribe to this package (or equivalent
package from a Capita-approved
supplier) to meet the requirements of the
Capita SIMS licence.




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Secondary schools:
Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Bronze Support:                             £0.80 (per pupil), £265 (base price)
Mandatory – CCN/Broadband cover
ONLY. Does not include SIMS cover


Silver Support:                             £2.10 (per pupil), £1955 (base price)
Includes Bronze Support (CCN) and
covers SIMS systems. You must
subscribe to this package (or equivalent
package from a Capita-approved
supplier) to meet the requirements of the
Capita SIMS licence.

Gold Support:
Includes Silver Support (CCN) and           £2.10 (per pupil), £2355 (base price)
covers SIMS systems. You must
subscribe to this package (or equivalent
package from a Capita-approved
supplier) to meet the requirements of the
Capita SIMS licence.
                                            To calculate the cost:
.                                           Use number of pupils from January
                                            census figure x per pupil charge + base
                                            price = Cost


Please note that the annual maintenance licence fee on Capita SIMS products, SIMS,
Dinner Money and Lesson Monitor are additional charges and schools will be notified of
these charges at a later date. The ICT Service retains no element of these charges.

Contact details

Education ICT Service
Tel: 01480 376655
Email: ict.service@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Website: www.ict.ccceducation.net




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                                Education Psychology*

The Educational Psychology Service makes a distinctive contribution through applying
psychology to help young people solve problems and improve learning.

We will continue to provide psychological assessments and advice as part of the
Statutory Assessment process as agreed by the Area panel. In addition, we will
contribute to the:

   Consultation Support for pupils with complex needs and statements, including
   transition and annual review processes/priorities for the year.

   Direct intervention-based assessment with child or young person. This level of
   work is for those pupils who meet the highest threshold level and is accessed
   through the CAF/Statutory assessment process. This work may also involve offering
   support to parents, adults and professionals who live and work with the children and
   young people as well as to the child and young person themselves.

   Monitoring of pupil outcomes and effective management of resources

Additional Educational Psychologist time can also be bought to support early
intervention and prevention through a range of activities and psychological interventions.
The team works in partnership with the School Effectiveness Teams 3-11 and 11-19 and
they offer complementary functions.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Planning, consultancy or individual         £57 per hour, £342 per day
support over and above the statutory
service


Contact details
Jane Ryder Richardson, Head of Access/ Principal Educational Psychologist
Tel: 01223 703550
Email: jane.ryderrichardson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                    Fire Safety Services

Schools have a statutory duty to manage the risks to their employees and other users of
their sites and buildings from the effects of fire, this includes ensuring the provision of
adequate information, instruction, training and supervision in fire safety matters. In addition,
the duty includes a requirement for risk assessments to be undertaken by a competent
person. The Fire Safety Service has been designed to enable schools to be confident that
they are operating in compliance with Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and
associated Good Practice Guides.

Our team has significant experience of:
    Undertaking and reviewing fire risk assessments
    Working with partners and key stakeholders to develop practical and pragmatic fire
       safety solutions
    Designing and delivering fire safety training, including providing "competent person"
       fire safety advice and guidance across a range of issues which include the design of
       new buildings / refurbished areas, licensing act requirements, general fire safety
       matters, evacuation of disabled persons
    Investigating fire incidents
    Liaising with statutory / enforcement agencies

We also provide school-specific fire safety policy and guidance documents and a site fire
safety log book

Performance indicators and quality assurance

Our Fire Safety Adviser holds the NEBOSH Certificate in Risk and Fire Safety Management,
whilst other team members hold nationally-recognised health and safety and fire safety
qualifications, ensuring a continuous service is always available. We also ensure that team
members undertake regular CPD and keep up-to-date with current thinking and
developments in fire safety management.

Each contract will be supported by an agreed Service Level Agreement. SLAs will depend
on the range of services that individual schools wish to purchase. Performance indicators
will depend upon the individual services purchased.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                   Price (per pupil, per school etc. as stated):
Retainer                                      £200 per annum to include:
                                              Provision of fire safety advice and guidance by
                                              telephone and email
                                              Provision of a site fire log book
                                              Provision of a generic fire safety policy and
                                              guidance
                                              Incident investigations (up to a maximum of 2
                                              hours - £50 per hour thereafter)




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Fire risk assessments                    Obligation free price on application (this is
                                         dependent on size and complexity of property)

Advice, guidance and policy              £50 per hour inclusive of any travel time
development

Training courses                         2 hour course £100 - maximum of 10 attendees



Contact details:

Darrell Rodgers, Fire Safety Adviser
Tel: 01223 699121
Email: darrell.rodgers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                      Governor Services

The experienced management team of Cambridgeshire Governor Services (CGS)
offers a range of training and information opportunities and professional expertise,
through two service level agreements:

          Training and Development programme
          Clerking service through Camclerks

In addition, we are able to provide advice and support with

         The appointment of Local Authority governors
         The election of parent governor representatives
         Signposting training – particularly induction for new governors

We are also responsible for:

       Convening the Governors’ Advisory Group (GAG), including election of
        representatives to serve on the group
       The organisation and running of the termly briefing sessions for governors
       The organisation and running of the annual governors’ conference

We are committed to:

          Providing a friendly and welcoming response to all enquiries
          Providing access to services in a variety of ways to suit varying circumstances
          Ensuring confidentiality whilst having regard to the provisions of the Freedom
           of Information Act
          Providing effective training and support for governors and clerks
          Providing an efficient course booking system
          Maintaining an up-to-date and comprehensive database of governing body
           memberships
          Offering up-to-date, accurate and understandable information and advice
          Reporting annually on performance and targets
          Providing governors and clerks with opportunities to feed back suggestions
           for improvement in a variety of ways

Performance indicators and quality assurance

All training is evaluated on a course-by-course basis and the feedback used to inform
our programme of continuous improvement.

We evaluate our performance against the following criteria:
          The level of buy back
          Evaluation of training courses
          Feedback from tutors
          Evaluation of annual conference
          Analysis of questionnaire sent to schools about CGS
          Analysis of governing body effectiveness audit
          Analysis of Camclerk Services questionnaire
          Analysis of complaints and compliments




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Range of service levels available

Training and Development

A comprehensive package of training and support to governors, Headteachers and
clerks. The provision is detailed below under the cost of service.

Camclerks

The Camclerks Service recruits and employs clerks and ensures they attend both
initial and ongoing training, based on the National Training Programme for Clerks.
Camclerks work to a job description based on a national model, originating from DfE,
which includes the aspects of advising the governing body on procedures and acting
as the “guardian of the rules” for the governing body.

Costs of service

Service Level Agreement (SLA)


The SLA entitles the Governing Body to receive:            A charge per governor,
                                                           listed on the Instrument
                                                           of Government
                                                           (currently £44)

      Access to e-learning training and information
       modules on the Governors East Learning (GEL)
       website
      Access to the Cambridgeshire Education Portal
       including membership of the governor community
      Welcome pack for governors/clerks (includes
       current training programme and magazine)
      A handbook on CD ROM for all governors and
       clerks. One hard copy per school, additional hard
       copies on request
      Induction course for new governors, based on
       DfE National Training Programme for New
       Governors (includes a file of course materials to
       take away)
      Induction course for new clerks, based on the
       National Training Programme for Clerks to
       Governing Bodies (includes a file of course
       materials to take away)
      One in-house course per year
      A comprehensive programme of training courses
       and briefings for individual governors and
       associate members
      Termly Briefing and Consultation meetings for
       governors with senior officers and elected
       members.
      Information about latest developments in
       education
      Access to a selection of governor training
       courses offered by Peterborough Governor


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        Development Service and Norfolk Governor
        Services
       Termly edition of Learning Together magazine
       An annual conference for governors and
        associate members
       An annual conference for clerks
       A telephone and email help-line for legislative
        and other enquiries
       Access to guidance notes and service leaflets,
        these include leaflets on governor recruitment
       Support / consultancy to schools experiencing
        challenging circumstances (e.g. Post OfSTED
        inspection)
       “Suggested Agenda Items for Governing Body
        Meetings” issued termly to schools
       Headteacher recruitment and selection guidance
        and materials
       Governor Recruitment Kit available on loan
        (display board with information and materials for
        recruitment purposes) - also Powerpoint
        slideshow available on the Portal
       Managing the Work of the Governing Body – CD
        Rom step-by-step guide to working strategically
        for governing bodies and their clerks.

The SLA entitles the Governing Body to receive the
following services at an additional cost:

Safer Recruitment face-to-face training by the Children’s             £130
Workforce Development Council (CWDC)                         per governor, Head or
                                                                 staff member
Clerks’ Accreditation Programme, based on materials                 £75 plus
provided by Information for School and College                 £50 per portfolio
Governors (ISCG) (includes training on compiling a               forwarded for
portfolio leading to an accreditation award) – Note:              assessment
subscribing schools will be heavily subsidised during the
first year.


Cancellation of course booking where less than 7 days’ notice is given or non-
attendance is £60

A clerking service is available to schools as a
separate subscription option

The annual subscription covers:

       Clerking for six governing body meetings per
        year (includes preparing agenda, attending the
        meeting and producing the minutes)
       Provision of procedural and legal advice
       Management and administration of governing
        body membership



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       Dealing with the governing body’s
        correspondence

If the school requires extra meetings to be covered,
additional hours can be bought in.

The subscription is subject to annual review and reflects
the costs of service delivery. Schools taking up the
service part way through a school year will be charged
pro-rata.



Camclerks Service                                         April 2010 – March 2011
Annual Subscription                                      £1,242
Cost of each additional meeting                          £92
Specialist clerking – clerking a high level meeting (e.g.Charged an hourly rate +
staff dismissal, pupil exclusion, complaints)            associated costs and
                                                         admin charge of £20
Clerks’ Accreditation Programme available at no charge for schools subscribing to
Camclerks’ Service

Contact details

Carol Peel, Manager of Cambridgeshire Governor Services
Tel: 01223 715320
Email: carol.peel@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                           Groomfields Grounds Maintenance

Groomfields Grounds Maintenance offers a one-stop shop for all schools’ grounds
maintenance needs, including: grass-cutting, pitch-marking, hedge-cutting,
landscaping, turf-laying, weed control and creation of wet areas.

In some larger schools or colleges, we provide a static groundsman, someone
employed by Groomfields to work on just one site. We provide sickness and holiday
cover, as required, and ensure that schools have a full year-round service.

In addition, we provide a mobile grounds maintenance service, "The man in the van",
for smaller jobs, such as emergency repairs, pruning and tree planting.
Our SLA has two sections:

Part 1: This is personalised to each school and is based on an annual detailed visit
from either our Operations Manager or Business Development Manager, during
which discussion takes place and agreement is reached on the nature and extent of
routine work to be undertaken over the course of the year and any specific
improvements that the school wants to implement.

Part 2: This is standard to all schools. It covers all the legal aspects.

Our logbook system is a simple and effective two-way communication tool, where
staff can leave messages for us about things which need action and where we can
tell schools about the work undertaken on our most recent visit. The logbook is
checked by senior staff and signed off.

Between them, our Grounds Management Services team has around 40 years’
experience and is able to offer a wide range of services, including:

      Design and planting of shrubs, hedges and trees to make schools welcoming
       for parents and pupils
      Tree maintenance, so that accidents are eliminated
      Creation of conservation areas, ponds and bog gardens to support learning
       outside the classroom
      Advice on playground equipment to suit the needs of pupils
      Fencing so that property is secure
      Thermo-plastic markings for playgrounds
      Astroturf for pitches or play areas that they can be used in all weather
      Use of bark to reduce the time and cost of weeding and avoid the use of
       chemicals
      Hard landscaping, such as paved areas or tarmac, using our licence to
       recycle tarmac

Performance indicators and quality assurance

We commit to:
   At least £55 million worth of insurance cover, so that, in the unlikely situation
      it is required, schools are fully protected
   Ensuring all our staff are enhanced CRB-checked
   Completing full risk assessments, which means we train all our staff in the
      correct use of pesticides, so that they comply with the new, stringent
      regulations from the EU
   Providing copies of all our training records whenever required, for example,


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       for OfSTED inspections
      Providing backup staff to cover sickness and holidays, so that school grounds
       are always maintained to the agreed standard
      Investing in new equipment as required. This means breakdowns will be rare
       and that we can use up-to-date techniques, for example, rolling sports areas
       as we mow
      Arranging visits to other schools where we have made improvements, for
       example, conservation areas, new planting schemes and raised beds for
       vegetables.

We consider health and safety in all aspects of our work, whether it is those working
in the office or the front line staff that carry out the essential grounds maintenance
work. We ensure that all staff operate in compliance with our established health and
safety standards.

Risk assessments, training records, safe systems of work and safety policies are
already in use and we ensure that staff familiarise themselves with them.

We work with local contractors that we know and trust.

We can provide testimonials from Cambridgeshire schools.

Costs of service

To tailor the service specifically for your site requirements, price will be agreed on
application.

Contact details

Tim Jenkins, Business Development Manager
Tel: 03450 450145
Email: tim.jenkins@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                           Grounds Management Service

The Grounds Management Service is a service available to all schools, free of
charge. We advise on technical grounds issues, especially relating to Health and
Safety, on what work is necessary and on what the school should be considering for
the future.

Costs of service

There is no charge for this service. However, the team can also provide additional
consultancy services, such as developing tender documents, and will quote a rate for
this work.

Joe Swindells, Technical Officer
Tel: 07887 633455
Email: joe.swindells@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Richard Rice, Technical Officer
Tel: 07881 833532
Email: richard.rice@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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         Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Curriculum Development*

The IAG Service focuses on building the capacity of schools to offer universal quality
information, advice and access to guidance for all pupils. This complements the more
targeted services offered through the Locality teams for those pupils at greater risk of not
making a good transition to education, employment or training.

We offer the following:

      Curriculum reviews, advice/support for careers education and personal learning
       planning
      Workshops for staff on high quality underpinning support for careers education
       and personal learning planning
      Access to, and advice on, key resources, e.g. The Real Game, Pathfinder, etc
      Briefing, coaching and support re IAG modules of ‘Investing in Quality’ (the local
       quality award that meets national standards)
      Training in careers education for newly-appointed co-ordinators, annual
       programme of CPD based on training needs analysis and local/national priorities;
       annual IAG/careers conference; networking and professional development
       groups; facilitated learning visits to centres identified as good practice examples
      Transition/progression – effective use of Plan-It and other tools for IAG work,
       including use of data and evaluative evidence. Use of Coursefinder and the
       Online Application Process and how they need to be underpinned by effective
       IAG to lead to successful outcomes for students.
      Training on school/college role in preparing students for transition and change.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                  Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                             stated):

Consultancy services                         Price on application


Contact details

Margaret Richards
Tel: 01480 373779
Email: margaret.richards@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                     Legal Services

The in-house legal service consists of approximately 40 staff; with 25 lawyers and an
excellent support staff and practice management team. The service has been accredited
with “Lexcel”, the Law Society’s independent quality mark for legal practices, since 2001.

The service has a long history of advising schools on a wide variety of issues including:

      Employment disputes and outsourcing
      The Disability Discrimination Act
      Special educational needs
      Parental responsibility/parental contact and disputes/change of a child’s name
      Data Protection and access to school records
      Violence and trespass on school premises/photography and filming on school
       premises/using fingerprint technology for library and catering services.
      Contractual disputes and debts
      Parental complaints
      Governance and whole school organisational issues (change of status and
       establishment of Trusts)
      Child protection

As a Local Authority service we can also offer Academies the benefit of our extensive
experience in the fields of

      Contract and procurement
      Admissions (See page 66)
      Land and property matters

We can offer a full advice and representation service on any individual matter at a fixed
hourly rate which varies according to expertise of the adviser.

We will always look to identify the most suitably qualified member of our team to deal
with any instructions that you give us.

We cannot advise you or act for you in any circumstances which could lead to
professional conflict between your interests and those of Cambridgeshire County
Council or any of its maintained schools.

Costs of service

We know that resources within education are always at a premium so our costs are
highly competitive. We work for a number of organisations across the public sector and
we provide transparency in both in relation to our charging policy and billing processes.

                                            Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
Details of service offered:                 stated):

                                            Hourly rate for case work:

Head of Legal Services                      £127

Team Managers                               £102



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Lawyers                                 £80

Senior Legal Executive                  £69

Legal Officers/ Executives              £68

Administration                          £35


Charges are reviewed annually.

Contact details

Christopher Jones, Legal Officer
Tel: 01223 699386
Email: christopher.jones@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                     Locality Teams

Our 14 multi-disciplinary Locality teams provide preventative, targeted, services to
children, young people and their families. The principles of Locality work are based on
the premise that agencies and services will work together in order to improve outcomes
for children, young people and their families. The elements of Locality teams that will
continue to be available to children and young people educated in Academies are set
out in Section 1 of this brochure. Details of the additional services that can be
purchased are set out below.

Education Welfare Officers (EWOs)*
(compulsory school-aged children)

Operational

1.To make consultation visits to schools to:
    Support the school in addressing whole-school attendance
    Support the correct maintenance of attendance registers and identify attendance
      concerns for individual or cohorts of pupils
    Accept referrals for pupils with poor attendance

2. To carry out casework for pupils with poor attendance
     To support parents to improve attendance
     To support the child to improve his/her attendance
     To support the CAF, Team Around the Child and LARM processes
     To broker support from other agencies
     To initiate the legal process, if appropriate – hold pre-court, fixed penalty,
       Education Support Officer meetings
     To prepare statements for court.

3. To provide support, advice on safeguarding, Children Missing Children, Child
   Employment and Children in Entertainment and to undertake casework as
   appropriate.

This area is subject to change as we are currently awaiting further guidance.

In-School Support (ISS)* (secondary school-aged children)

In-School Support is provided by In-School Support Teachers (ISST) and/or Student
Support Officers and Instructors.

Work with young people in school can include the following elements:
   Direct work with pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
      management
   Supporting the creation of pastoral support plans (PSPs) – with targets and
      actions for the young person, school and parents
   Running INSET courses and providing advice to support good practice by
      schools in terms of behaviour-management
   Bringing in external agencies – (e.g. Child and Adolescent Mental Health
      services)
   Working with older pupils to promote student participation
   Primary to secondary transitions work
   Group work i.e. social skills, dealing with emotions, confidence building
   Behaviour audits

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      Work with alternative education providers and around managed moves and re-
       integration

We can also offer expertise in terms of advice on the development of inclusion strategies
for KS3 students.

ISSTs provide challenge to schools regarding permanent exclusions to ensure that
schools have met all the legal requirements and made all appropriate efforts to keep the
child in mainstream school.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Support to schools                          £24 per hour, £144 per day

Contact details

Locality teams are based on secondary school catchment areas:

South Cambs and City Area
Area Manager Localities and Partnership: Sarah Ferguson 01223 712588
Cottenham and Swavesey: Jon Butler 01954 284698
Cambridge North: Paul Connelly 01223 712468
Cambridge South: Lorraine Hewitt 01223 699412
Sawston and Linton: Jo Shickell 01223 475921
Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Comberton and Gamlingay: Anna O’Leary 01954 286010

Huntingdonshire Area
Area Manager Localities and Partnership: Sarah Tabbitt 01480 373813
Huntingdon: Alison Smith 01480 376576
St Ives: James Burgess 01480 376589
Ramsey, Sawtry and Yaxley: Jo Voce 01487 813197
St Neots: Carol Way 01480 375533

East Cambs and Fenland Area
Area Manager Localities and Partnership: Lorraine Lofting 01353 612732
Wisbech: Karen Beaton 01945 482005
March and Chatteris: Anna Calvert 01354 651703
Whittlesey: Tanya Edgell 01733 203624
Bottisham, Burwell and Soham: Lisa Riddle 01223 475900
Ely, Littleport and Witchford: Jo Sollars 01353 612830




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                Occupational Health and Safety Consultancy Services

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Team of experienced health and safety
professionals provides a range of services connected to schools’ responsibilities
under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, associated regulations and Approved
Codes of Practice, providing confidence that they are able to satisfy the general
health and safety requirements examined by OfSTED. We also provide monitoring
and auditing services, enabling schools to identify any potential weaknesses in their
health and safety management systems and the actions they need to take to secure
continuous improvement.

Services, subject to the exclusions outlined below, include:
    Provision of policies, generic guidance and advice notes designed to secure
       compliance with health and safety legislation
    Telephone and email support on specific health and safety matters
    Health and safety consultancy (including site visits where required)
    Provision of generic risk assessments
    Support to carry out site-specific assessments
    Training across a range of health and safety matters (all training will be in the
       context of health and safety management in educational settings)
    Liaison with key stakeholders, including enforcement agencies, as required to
       enable solutions to be found to health and safety challenges facing schools
    Advice and guidance on statutory health and safety responsibilities including
       those related to the management of property-related matters
    Inspections and audits of school health and safety performance
    Recording of incidents and reporting to the Health and Safety Executive on
       behalf of the school as an when required by law
    Incident investigation services
    Provision of health and safety advice for construction works, including
       attendance at site meetings where required
    Provision of updates on key health and safety legislation affecting schools
       and other education settings
    Advice and guidance on the selection of competent contractors and
       consultants.

We also provide Fire Safety, Security and Asbestos Management and it is possible to
combine these services, at a discounted rate, with the general OH&S provision
offered here.

Please note: our services do not include health and safety guidance on curriculum
matters and for educational visits and outdoor activities.

We are customer-focused and aim to deliver a service that is bespoke to the needs
of individual schools which has a clear emphasis on risk awareness and
responsiveness rather than risk aversion.
Performance indicators and quality assurance
All team members possess nationally recognised health and safety qualifications and
membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Team members also posses a range of specialist health and safety qualifications in
addition to their health and safety qualifications and undertake regular CPD to enable
them to stay up-to-date with current practice and advances in occupational safety
and health.

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We have established a good network of contacts amongst other regional and national
groups to facilitate the sharing of best practice and innovations in health and safety
management. In addition, we have wide-spread experience of providing consultancy
services to other public bodies in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding regions.

Our Service Level Agreement details the performance indicators for the delivery of
the services to be provided to each school’s specification.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                   Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                              stated):

Annual retainer - core services include:      Retainer costs will depend on the size of
                                              the Academy. Where Academies sign up
Telephone and email advice and                for other consultancy services offered by
guidance                                      the OH&S team (asbestos, fire and
                                              security services) the retainer will be
Provision of a School Safety                  discounted.
Management System including model
policies, advice notes, management        In addition to retained services,
checklists and proformas and generic risk Academies subscribing to this service
assessments                               can also access all other services at a
                                          rate of £50 per hour (inclusive of travel
Access to the Online Reporting system     time).
for all incidents and dangerous
occurrences

Statutory reporting of incidents /
dangerous occurrences to the Health and
Safety Executive

1 audit of school health and safety each
academic year to include an action plan
to improve health and safety and a report
on health and safety performance for the
Governing Body

Further information

Academies not subscribing to this service will need to make sure that they obtain
competent health and safety advice from elsewhere or will need to appoint a suitably
competent member of staff to undertake this role. Advice and guidance on
employer's duties under Health and Safety legislation can be found online at:
http://www.hse.gov.uk

Contact details

Chris Young, Occupational Health and Safety Manager
Tel: 01223 699253
Email: chris.young@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                             Outdoor Education Advisory Service

Our Outdoor Education Adviser is a member of the Outdoor Education Advisers’
Panel, giving access to a wide range of expertise and advice, and ensuring that
complex issues can be answered quickly.

In particular, we provide:

      Advice and support on all aspects of the educational visits (EV) process
      Establishment access to the Cambridgeshire County Council
       (CCC)/Peterborough City Council (PCC), EVOLVE website for educational
       visits
      An online advice and notification with approval procedure for specific
       educational visits, to check that arrangements reflect CCC/PCC guidance and
       current good practice
      Access to a range of training courses, that support educational visits and
       Outdoor learning

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                  Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                             stated):

Fixed SLA                                    Price on application


Further information:

Specific training requirements to be discussed and priced on application; please see
Evolve website for more details www.cccpccvisits.org.uk.

Contact details

Stephen Brown, Outdoor Education Adviser
Tel: 01480 375133
Email: stephen.brown@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Web: www.cccpccvisits.org.uk




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                                     PSHE Service

The PSHE Service provides a support, advice, guidance and training service to
schools with an emphasis on innovation and quality.

The Health Promoting Schools programme will continue to be the lead programme
for education and health partnerships in developing school settings to promote the
health and wellbeing of children and young people.

We anticipate changes to the programme to reflect changes in national funding but
the principles of focusing on local school and community needs within a
Cambridgeshire supportive framework of leadership and guidance will be
maintained.

A completely rewritten, updated and extended Primary Personal Development
Programme, replacing the existing PSHE Scheme of Work, is being launched in
autumn 2010 as the basis upon which we will work with schools to maintain and
improve further the very high standards of PSHE and Personal Development
provision in Cambridgeshire. A full range of training and development opportunities
supports this resource.

A significantly upgraded version of the Secondary Personal Development
Programme, along with a support programme, is also being launched in autumn
2010.

We will be providing the full range of additional support materials developed from
the 2008 Health Related Survey for schools, primary and secondary, that
participated in the 2010 survey. This will be enhanced by training and consultancy
opportunities for school managers and co-ordinators.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                           stated):

Consultancy and school based training      £102 per hour (or part thereof)
                                           £510 per whole day


Contact details

Jon Pratt, Manager of PSHE Service
Tel: 01480 376256
Email: Jon.Pratt@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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            School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Service

Our Transitions Admissions Team provides two separate services:

      Transition Admissions (initial year of entry admissions)
      School Admission Appeals

Transition Admissions (initial year of entry admissions)
We undertake the ranking of applications received from parents whose children are due
to start Reception, junior, middle or secondary school, using the school’s published
admission criteria. This includes undertaking distance measurements (either straight
line or shortest available travel route), routine checks including: which school the child
currently attends; which catchment area the child’s address is in; that the school and
parent have provided the same home address; that a claimed sibling does attend the
school and that they will still be on roll at the time of admission; that a claimed Statement
of Special Educational Needs exists.

We then issue offer letters in accordance with the statutory and published offer dates
and maintain the reserve list for the school, including ranking of new applications and the
issue of further offer letters as and when places become available.

School Admission Appeals Service

Through an agreement with the Council’s Legal Services and Democratic Services, we
ensure that all aspects of the appeal process are undertaken in compliance with the
School Admissions Appeal Code and associated legislation and that the following
services are provided in a timely manner.

We offer the reassurance that all aspects of communication with parents, including
responding to parents who are angry and/or distressed about not being offered places at
the school of their choice, will be undertaken by the Admissions Service.

Performance Indicators and Quality Assurance

Our four full-time and one part-time members of staff are all required to maintain and up-
to-date their knowledge of the School Admissions Code, the School Admission Appeals
Code and associated legislation and guidelines, providing schools with reassurance that
all admissions and appeals processes adhere to these legislative requirements.

All appeal hearings have to be undertaken in compliance with the Code of Practice,
which includes ensuring that appeals for secondary school places in cases where
parents applied by the published deadline are heard by 6 July, and that appeals for
primary school places are heard within 30 working days of the deadline date set for
lodging such an appeal.

An annual review takes place with all parties involved in the appeal process. This review
considers all aspects of the service, including administration and where and how
changes need to be introduced in order to deliver continuous improvement and/or reflect
best practice.

The presence of a legally-qualified clerk at all appeal hearings ensures that these are
conducted in compliance with education legislation.


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The training of appeal panel members, which is organised by Legal Services, ensures
that all hearings are undertaken by appropriately trained members who fully understand
the independent nature of their role and the education legislation governing appeals.

For places for September 2010 entry, 231 appeals have been heard so far. Of these
only 43 (18.6%) cases have been successful.

Levels and costs of services available

Service Package 1: Initial Entry Admissions

Basic package covering the normal round of admissions comprising:

   Ranking of applications in priority order using the school’s admission criteria,
    including distance measurements (either by straight line or shortest available travel
    route).
    Where applicable, the school would be required to rank children under any church
    criteria and carry out any confirmation checks not routinely1 undertaken by the
    Service.

   Maintaining reserve list (including ranking as above) and issuing further offer letters.
    This includes issuing and processing application forms and providing copies of the
    school’s admissions policy and/or local authority booklet to parents.

The school refers potential applicants to the Admissions Service and also informs the
Service when children are taken off roll or are to be permanently educated off-site.

Cost to a primary school: £275
Cost to a secondary school: £1630


Service Package 2: Mid-Phase Admissions

This package covers applications for year groups other than the year of entry and
comprises:

   Providing the main point of contact for and advice to parents
   Issuing and handling of application forms and providing copies of the school’s
    admissions policy and/or local authority booklet to parents
   Issuing of offer and refusal letters (in cases where the local authority is seeking a
    place for a pupil whose preferred school is full)
   Maintaining reserve lists (including ranking as above)

The school refers all potential applicants to the Admissions Service and also informs the
Service when children are taken off roll or are to be permanently educated off-site.

Cost to a primary school: £275
Cost to a secondary school: £1630




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Service Package 3: Admission Appeals

This package offers full co-ordination of all appeals and includes all work undertaken in
preparation for the appeal hearing and the hearing itself, with professional and
independent input from the Council’s Legal and Democratic Services, as follows:

The Admissions Team undertakes the:
 Issuing of refusal letters
 Provision of information to parents on appeal process
 Issuing of appeal forms
 Organisation of dates and venues for the hearing
 Issuing of all appeal correspondence to parents, including production/posting of
    appeals packs
 Provision of maps for each appeal case showing appellant’s home, relevant
    schools, distance measurement routes
 Preparation of the school case in liaison with the school
 Presentation of the school case

Legal Services undertake the:
 Clerking of the appeal. The clerk is always either a legal officer or solicitor
    experienced in education law who will make a detailed, contemporaneous record of
    the appeal hearing
 Training of panel members including providing them with updates on changes to
    education legislation and the Codes of Practice
 Issuing decision letters following the appeal hearing to the appellants and school
 Safeguarding of the information following the hearing
 Follow-up communication with the appellants

Democratic Services undertake the:
 Co-ordination and booking of panel members
 Processing of panel members’ expense claims
 Recruitment of new panel members
 Production of appeals packs for panel members

All three services assist with responses to complaints, including those lodged with the
Local Government Ombudsman or local MPs.

Cost to a primary school: £550
Cost to a secondary school: £3260

Service Package 4: Pay As You Go – Invoiced Termly

Appeals

Cost per appeal £275

Please note: If a school intends to ask us to organise their appeals for first entry, they
must inform us no later than the deadline for parents submitting their appeal requests.
This will enable us to ensure all appeals are heard within the statutory deadlines, 30
school day period (primary) or by 6 July (secondary) for those appeals for on-time
applications in the normal admission rounds, or within 30 school days of the appeal
being lodged for late or in-year applications.


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Admissions and Mid-Phase Transfers

Any school requesting ad hoc services will be invoiced according to the hourly rate for
the officer(s) carrying out the work:

Assistant Admissions Officer                                £25.00

Admissions Officer                                          £30.00

Senior Admissions Officer                                   £40.00

Assistant Education Officer                                 £45.00

Cost of generating an invoice (for each term’s services)    £10.00 (per invoice)

Requests for services should be made in writing; this can be by email. An estimate of the
cost of the service will be provided, together with an indication of when the task could be
carried out.

Contact details

Sam Surtees, Education Officer (Admissions)
Tel: 01223 699388
Email: sam.surtees@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                               School Effectiveness 3-11

The Standards & Effectiveness: 3 -11 Service includes the following General
Inspector posts:
     7 General Inspectors: Primary
     3 Lead General Inspectors: Schools Causing Concern, Building Capacity and
       SIP Manager

All of our Inspectors have a strong educational background with headship or other
senior leadership experience.

The Extended Learning team comprises of the Extended Learning Manager, Study
Support Coordinator, Playing for Success Lead, and Data Analyst also operate within
the Standards & Effectiveness: 3 -11 Service.

The main accountabilities of the Service are as follows:
    support and challenge to schools to raise pupil attainment and achievement,
      and to narrow performance gaps
    management of the School Improvement Partner programme in
      primary/infant/junior schools and nursery schools
    leading on interventions in schools causing concern
    management of the Primary National Strategy
    management of the Extended Schools Programme
    securing appropriate support for school leaders
    supporting Governing Bodies with the Headteacher selection and recruitment
      process and advising on Headteacher Performance Review

Collectively, the Service includes staff with accreditation and extensive experience as
OfSTED inspectors, School Improvement Partners, Performance Management
Consultants and NPGH

Examples of traded services and consultancy work offered

Reviews or ‘health checks’
Many schools benefit from an external perspective on their provision in order to
check the accuracy of their self-evaluation processes and identify particular
strengths, barriers or areas for development, with associated detailed
recommendations for action and future support. These reviews are usually conducted
by an inspector or inspectors or in conjunction with a school leader or leaders.

Reviews are conducted in response to a school’s specific needs and range from a full
‘pre-OfSTED review to a more specific aspect, such as:
     pre OfSTED health check
     progress since the last Inspection
     quality of learning and teaching
     leadership and management
     curriculum provision
     inclusion

Reviews can focus on:

      a particular subject
      a particular key stage
      outcomes and provision for SEN

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      outcomes and provision for other vulnerable groups, e.g. those on FSM
      outcomes and provision for gifted and talented students
      transition arrangements
      behaviour

Support for school self-evaluation
An external perspective on the accuracy and reliability of a school’s self-evaluation
processes. This will include:
       Scrutiny before the visit of the school’s Self Evaluation Form and previous
         OfSTED report
       Negotiated planning and preparation with the Headteacher prior to the visit
       Audit and support of school self evaluation processes
               data analysis
               paired lesson observations
               work scrutiny
               pupil interviews
               staff interviews
               establishing a cycle of school self evaluation
               review of the Self Evaluation Form

          Clarification of the purpose and importance of the SEF within the context
           of the Framework for the Inspection of Schools
          Familiarisation with the Evaluation Schedule for Inspectors
          Focused work on Standards and Progress section using school’s analysis
           of pupil progress data and RAISE online, ensuring judgements are clear,
           strengths and weaknesses are identified and that there is unequivocal
           reference to how the school is addressing identified weaknesses
          Scrutiny of available evidence to support judgements
          Discussion about ways of presenting information in SEF for maximum
           impact

School Improvement CPD
Consultancy/Training/workshop sessions on a range of subjects, including:
    Raising Attainment Planning
    Stronger Management Systems
    Governance in particular, strategies for school improvement, School
       Development Planning, and Understanding Data
    Assessment for Learning/Assessing Pupil Progress
    Quality First Teaching
    Lesson observation and feedback
    Tracking and Intervention

Assessment for Learning (AfL)
Consultancy/training focused on:
    Scrutiny before the visit of school’s policies on teaching and learning and/or
       assessment and marking
    Negotiated planning and preparation with the Headteacher prior to the visit
    using the LA Assessment for Learning self-review tools to evaluate progress
       and identify areas for development
    Training on the characteristics of high quality AfL – ideal for developing a
       consistent understanding and implementation of AfL across the school
              Sharing the big picture
              Planning for clear learning objectives


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                Planning for process success criteria and sharing learning outcomes
                The impact of feedback
                Pupil self evaluation

Narrowing the Gap: from data analysis to impact
This consultancy aims to develop the effective use of data to focus and drive action
to accelerate the progress of underperforming pupils on free school meals. It can be
adapted to focus on any vulnerable or underperforming group. Outcomes will be a
sharp, shared understanding of key aspects of good practice, clarity about the
methodology of successful school improvement in narrowing gaps, agreement of key
actions to inform and support narrowing gaps.
     Scrutiny before the visit of school’s Self Evaluation Form, RAISE online and
       previous OfSTED report,
     Negotiated planning and preparation with the Headteacher prior to the visit
     Use of four quadrant model, knowing, minding, narrowing and celebrating the
       gaps
     Discussion with Leadership Team using RAISE online report and FSP data
     Discussions with FS Leader, Phase Leaders and Assessment Co-ordinator
     Modelling use of pupil progress meetings
     Advice on use of mapping attainment grids and provision mapping
     Review of School Development Plan

Stronger Management Systems (SMS)
Consultancy and/or training on this highly-regarded programme, designed to help
leadership teams at all level play a more effective role in raising standards. Options
include:
     an overview/introductory session on the six elements of SMS
     more detailed training sessions on one or more of the six elements: self-
       evaluation using the school improvement cycle, tracking pupil progress at
       whole school and class level, the single plan to raise attainment and improve
       rates of progress, whole school systematic continuing professional
       development, explicit focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning
       and curriculum provision, monitoring, evaluation and review of the impact on
       pupils’ progress and attainment

SEN Consultancy
This work could include a combination of:
    Progress against any SIP recommendations/OfSTED
       recommendations/outcomes of an inclusion audit
    analysis of pupil progress outcomes and other data to help target support
       effectively
            audit of SEN provision, including provision mapping and value for
                money pupil discussion
            Part lesson observations focussing on vulnerable/key groups
            Sampling of work
            Climate walk
    review of the leadership and management of SEN, including systems and
       processes
    review of inclusion at school, subject or classroom level
    support/coaching for the SENCO
    support/training re differentiation
    support for target setting, tracking, intervention and review system
NB Some specific consultancy work could be delivered in partnership with other LA
services, e.g. Educational Psychologists and/or Specialist Teachers

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Conferences
The service is also experienced in arranging conferences on a variety of educational
themes this includes;
     sourcing national and international speakers
     arranging school to school events/workshops
     Venues and refreshment arrangements.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

The service includes staff who
    have extensive and successful experience of delivering INSET, training
       sessions, coaching and other forms of CPD;
    have managed network groups, educational projects and task groups;
    have extensive and successful experience of partnership working in particular
       with local Headteachers and schools;
    Have been recognised for the quality of their work and achievements at
       regional, national and international levels.

The service has been very positively evaluated by schools and by national and
regional government agencies in relation to the Primary National Strategy and the
School Improvement Partner initiative. Our work as a Primary Lead learning Authority
has been widely publicized The Service has a good record of supporting schools in
OfSTED categories to succeed within expected timescales.

Returned evaluations show that 97% of the team’s school improvement work has
been judged to be good or better over the past year in relation to its potential to
impact positively on outcomes for children.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Consultancy services                        Price on application


Contact details

Sue Wilson, Head of Standards & Effectiveness: 3-11
Tel: 01223 706304
Email: sue.wilson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                              School Effectiveness 11-19

The Standards & Effectiveness: 11-19 Service includes the following General Inspectors
all of whom have a strong educational background with headship or other senior
leadership experience:
      Secondary
      14-19 Education
      Special Educational Needs
The Connexions Information, Advice & Guidance and Work Related Learning teams also
operate within the service.

All our staff have a considerable range of experience and expertise, including:

      Accreditation and extensive experience as OfSTED inspectors, School
       Improvement Partners, Performance Management Consultants and Strategy
       Managers
      Delivering INSET, training sessions, coaching and other forms of CPD
      Managing network groups, educational projects and task groups
      Extensive and successful experience of partnership working

Our service also includes staff who have written award-winning curriculum materials
(TES Schoolbook of the Year) and who have been recognised for the quality of their
work and achievements at regional, national and international levels.

Consultancy work offered:

Reviews or ‘health checks’
Many schools benefit from an external perspective on their provision in order to check
the accuracy of their self-evaluation processes and identify particular strengths, barriers
or areas for development, with associated detailed recommendations for action and
future support. These reviews are usually conducted by an inspector or inspectors, or in
conjunction with a school leader or leaders.

Reviews are conducted in response to a school’s specific needs and range from a full
‘pre-OfSTED’ review to a more specific aspect, such as:

      Quality of learning and teaching
      Leadership and management
      Curriculum provision
      Assessment for learning
      Care, guidance and support
      Behaviour
      IAG
      Work related learning

We can offer reviews which focus on:

      A particular subject
      A particular key stage
      14-19 provision, pathways and partnership working
      Outcomes and provision for SEN
      Outcomes and provision for other vulnerable groups, e.g. those on free school
       meals (FSM)
      Outcomes and provision for gifted and talented students

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      Effectiveness of primary-secondary transition arrangements
      Cross-curricular priorities, e.g. literacy or ICT

We can also undertake reviews of the school’s progress in relation to its last OfSTED
inspection measured against its school improvement plan priorities.

Support for school self-evaluation
An external perspective on the accuracy and reliability of a school’s self-evaluation
processes, including:
    Critical scrutiny of the SEF
    Data analysis
    Paired lesson observations
    Work scrutiny
    Pupil interviews
    Staff interviews

School Improvement CPD
Training/workshop sessions on a range of subjects, including:
     Raising attainment planning
     Stronger Management Systems
     Stronger Governance Systems
     Assessment for Learning/Assessing Pupil Progress
     Quality First Teaching
     Lesson observation and feedback
     Tracking and Intervention
     Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
     Behaviour & attendance

Assessment for Learning (AfL)
Consultancy/training focused on:
    Using the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA) Assessment for
       Learning self-review tool to evaluate progress and identify areas for development
    Use of National Strategies AfL lesson observation tool and identification of
       personalised AfL targets for staff
    Training on the characteristics of high quality AfL – ideal for developing a
       consistent understanding and implementation of AfL across the school

Narrowing the Gap (NtG): leadership for impact
This workshop focuses on establishing a culture that can lead to closing the gap.
Intended outcomes are:
     A sharp, shared understanding of key aspects of good practice
     Clarity about the methodology of successful school improvement in narrowing
       gaps
     Agreement of key actions to inform and support narrowing gaps

It can be used in a range of contexts, including with all staff; department/year meetings;
or leadership teams.

Narrowing the Gap: from data analysis to impact
This workshop aims to develop the effective use of data to focus and drive action to
accelerate the progress of underperforming pupils on free school meals. It can be
adapted to focus on any vulnerable or underperforming group and can be used in a



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range of contexts, including with all staff; department/year meetings; or leadership
teams.

Stronger Management Systems (SMS)
Consultancy and/or training on this highly-regarded programme, designed to help
leadership teams at all levels play a more effective role in raising standards. Options
include:
     An overview/introductory session on the ten elements of SMS
     More detailed training sessions on one or more of the ten elements: effective line
       management; performance management; collaborative professional
       development; behaviour and attendance for learning; assessment for learning;
       effective identification and intervention; lesson planning; self-evaluation;
       monitoring and evaluation; and tracking pupil progress

Curriculum development
Consultancy to develop a curriculum model for the whole school or a particular aspect, in
relation to a specific school or partnership request – such as Foundation Learning,
BTEC, Diploma, Functional Skills or a more innovative skills-based approach in KS3, for
example.
Curriculum consultancy for leadership teams or governors, exploring current and
possible curricular offers and focusing on learning routes/suites, learner needs and use
of outcome data.

14-19 Curriculum Review
Bespoke to individual schools or partnerships, but with a focus on:
    Breadth and balance of the offer from 11-14, 14-16 and 16-19
    Progression routes
    Match to specific cohort needs
    Curriculum structure
    Group sizes
    Thematic issues – personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS), functional skills,
       spiritual, moral, social and cultural values (SMSC), enterprise
    Value for money

SEN Consultancy
This would include a combination of:
    Analysis of pupil progress outcomes and other data to help target support
       effectively
    Audit of SEN provision, including provision mapping and value for money
    Narrowing the gap
    Review of the leadership and management of SEN, including systems and
       processes
    Review of inclusion at school, subject or classroom level
    Review of how ‘dyslexia friendly’ the school is
    Support/coaching for the SENCO
    Support/training in respect of differentiation
    Support for target setting, tracking, intervention and review systems
NB Some specific consultancy work could be delivered in partnership with other LA
services, e.g. Educational Psychologists and/or Specialist Teachers




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Costs of service

Details of service offered:              Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                         stated):

Consultancy services                     £510 per person, per day


Contact details

Guy Dickens, Head of Standards & Effectiveness: 11-19
Tel. 01223 706301
Email: guy.dickens@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                          Security Management Consultancy

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Team is highly experienced in the
management of school security, ensuring that schools are able to discharge their
responsibilities relating to safeguarding, and their general duties under the Health
and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated regulations, security and data protection
legislation (e.g. legislation related to the use and operation of CCTV and other
security devices).

The services we offer include:

      Provision of advice and guidance on the management of security and
       compliance with relevant regulations
      Arranging, undertaking and development of a school specific Security Risk
       Assessment
      Oversight and audit of any security surveys undertaken at the school
      Maintenance of relevant security records
      Advice and, where appropriate, arrangement and audit of any security
       systems installed
      Site CCTV Surveys and Project management of installation
      Management of "out of hours" monitored CCTV via the Council’s approved
       supplier to detect and to prevent anti-social behaviour
      Investigation of theft and other criminal related activity and provision of a
       written report identifying recommendations to prevent a recurrence

The approach we adopt helps prevent criminal damage and anti-social behaviour on
school sites.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

All our team members hold appropriate, recognised health and safety qualifications, are
experienced in carrying out detailed security risk assessments to satisfy OfSTED
requirements for safeguarding, and are experienced in managing any identified remedial
work.

We also offer a significant successful record of working in partnership with schools and
other key stakeholders (e.g. property advisers, contractors, design partners) to ensure
that projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Use of this service will ensure that the School manages its responsibilities in relation to
the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                   Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                              stated):

Security Management Consultancy,              Retainer - £150
including:

An annual Security Risk Assessment
(including practical advice and guidance
on how to implement recommended
actions)


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Provision of email and telephone security
advice service

Investigation of security-related incidents
(to a maximum of 3 hours - £50 per hour
thereafter)

3 hours (exclusive of travel time) Security
Consultancy per annum

In addition, Academies that retain the        £50 per hour
OH&S team to provide security
consultancy will also be able to purchase
any of the following services:

Project management of installation of
CCTV (to include advice and guidance
on the numbers and positioning of
cameras and management (subject to
placement of an order by the Academy)
of their installation

Attendance at security emergencies

Attendance at School to provide security
consultative services (over and above
those offered within the retainer).

Off-site out-of-hours monitoring of CCTV      Price on application
with the County Council's approved
provider

Further information: All service times include time spent travelling to and from site.


Contact details

Philip Hill, Health and Safety (Property and Security) Adviser
Tel: 01223 699120
Email: philip.hill@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                              Support for Learning:
       SEN Specialist Teachers* – Behaviour and Learning, Sensory Services

The specialist teaching team provide high quality advice, support and training on all
aspects of Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Strategic Planning
We provide strategic planning support to help schools undertake a self audit of SEN
provision. We also provide support for provision mapping and management to help
address whole-school issues or priorities and develop school staff skills and confidence
in addressing learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

SEN Consultancy
This would include a combination of:

      Analysis of pupil progress outcomes and other data to help target SEN support
       effectively
      Audit of SEN provision, including provision mapping and value for money
      Training to support the school's strategic development with regard to promoting
       achievement for all and narrowing the gap for pupils with SEN/Disability
      Review the management of SEN, including systems and processes
      Review of inclusion at school, classroom and individual pupil, including how the
       schools supports the needs of pupils with dyslexia, autism, sensory,
       communication and behavioural needs
      Support and advice for the SENCO
      Support with the statementing process, Annual review process and/or
       assessment of individual pupils’ learning needs
      Support/training in respect of differentiation
      Support for target setting, tracking, intervention and review systems
      Consultation regarding SEN policy and practices (for example SEN/Inclusion
       policy, Behaviour Policy, Single Equality Duty)
      Specialist support to embed the Inclusion Development Programme and other
       strategies to support inclusive practice
      Individual case consultation
      Advice and training to improve individualised support for pupils with SEN
      Psychological interventions to improve learning and behavioural outcomes
      Family based interventions to provide holistic interventions for pupils with
       complex needs
      Advice and training to improve individualised support for pupils with SEN,
       including learning, emotional and behavioural outcomes
      Family based interventions to provide holistic interventions for pupils with
       complex needs
      Action research intervention projects including Doctorate EP research
       opportunities.




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Individual and Group Interventions
    Individual assessments that support intervention planning
    Direct teaching, modelling and support to plan for differentiation and access for
       pupils with complex needs
    Solution focused evidence based interventions, e.g. to support development
       of language, communication, writing skills, reading, number, social interaction,
       social skills, motor control
    Support for transitions
    De-escalation strategies
    Modelling and coaching for Teaching Assistants (TAs)

   Other Activities
    SENCO Network meetings
    SENCO support
    Advice for writing effective and/or pupil friendly targets
    Audit of TA skills and advice regarding the effective deployment of TAs
    TA training, including ‘Elklan,’ support for Reading Recovery approaches, ICT
      programmes etc.

Costs of service

Details of service offered:                 Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                            stated):

Planning, consultancy or individual         £57 per hour, £342 per day
support over and above the statutory
service

Contact details

Paula Granger, Support for Learning Manager (Specialist Teachers)
Tel: 01480 373788
Email: paula.granger@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Liz Hunt, Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist ( Educational Psychologists)
Tel: 01223 373788
Email: liz.hunt@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Linda Lloyd, Manager for Sensory Services
Tel: 01480 373434
Email: linda.lloyd@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                    Welfare Benefits*

Our team of two officers provides a unique, one-stop service in respect of the
assessment of all applications for financial assistance relating to Free School Meals,
School Clothing Allowance and, for post-16 students, the Learner Support Fund. We
determine eligibility against DfE criteria.

We process and assess new claims within 3 working days of receiving a valid application
form and then issue letters to parents advising them of their entitlement. We ensure
schools receive details of the new entitlements by telephone, which we then follow up
with a weekly email update.

Checks are undertaken twice yearly to ensure continued entitlement to the benefit, and
that the circumstances of the child have not changed in a way which means that they are
no longer entitled to benefits. We ensure schools are informed of cases where this
happens.

Performance indicators and quality assurance

Each claimant’s entitlement to benefit is reviewed twice-yearly, to ensure that over-
payments do not occur undetected, and that schools do not need to worry about the
potential of having to recoup any money which may have been claimed fraudulently.


Costs of service

Details of service offered:                   Price (per pupil, per school etc. as
                                              stated):

Welfare benefits service                      Fixed price for the academic year at the
                                              rate of £2.50 per pupil on roll.

Further information

This service is currently provided free to all schools within the county.
Contact details

Sam Surtees, Education Officer (Admissions)
Tel: 01223 699388
Email: sam.surtees@cambridgeshire.gov.uk




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                                         Enquiry form

Name:

Position:

School:

Tel:

Email:


I am interested in receiving further information regarding the following services which
are now available for Academies to buy back from Cambridgeshire County Council
(please tick):

       All services listed in brochure

       Asbestos Management Consultancy

       Asset Management

       Broadband/Remote Access

       Cambridgeshire Advisory Service

       Cambridgeshire Music

       Cambridgeshire Outdoors

       CCS – Cleaning and Caretaking Services

       CCS – Schools Catering

       Copyright Licences

       County Swimming Service

       Driver Handyman Service

       Early Years and Childcare

       Education Business Partnership – Work Related Learning

       Education Child Protection Service

       Education ICT Service

       Education Officer Team – Education Support Services

       Education Welfare

       Fire Safety Services



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      Governor Services

      Groomfields Grounds Maintenance

      Grounds Management Service

       Information, Advice and Guidance (11-19) Curriculum Development

      Legal Services

      Locality Teams

      Occupational Health and Safety Consultancy Services

      Outdoor Education Advisory Service

      PSHE Service

      Pupil Support – CREDS

      School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Service

      School Effectiveness 3-11

      School Effectiveness 11-19

      Security Management Consultancy

      Support for Learning

      Welfare Benefits


Please add any comments or queries below:




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