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Self-Care Workshops - Free Self-care Stomp
12 Nov
As part of promoting her Self-Care Workshops Emma Pritchard at Dorchester Counselling and Wellbeing would like to offer a FREE Self-care stomp to Dorset Head Teachers. Appreciating teachers busy workloads, she is offering these over 2 days with 2 different time slots. FRIDAY 15th November 10-11.30am 1-2.30pm FRIDAY 29th November 10-11.30am 1-2.30pm The aim of these days is to showcase the outdoor group therapeutic walks running at Thorncombe woods, Dorchester for 18 months. If head teachers would like to join please could they book time slots either via messaging Emma on her Facebook pages - https://www.facebook.com/selfcaresparkle or https://www.facebook.com/Emma-Pritchard-Dorchester-Counselling-and-Wellbeing. There are 8 places in each slot so it would be advisable to book your slot sooner rather than later. Further information is at https://www.dorchestercounsellingandwellbeing.co.uk
The Dorchester Coat Bank - Free Coats for Children 4 -12yrs
12 Nov
People from our local community have been kindly donating children's coats to Dorchester Family Partnership Zone!! If you or anyone you know could benefit from a warm winter children's coat, please come along to Poundbury Children's Centre. We can also organise deliveries to local schools if this helps. Please call us on 01305 221348 or email us dorchesterfamilypartnershipzone@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tax-Free Childcare, faster payments and changes to reference numbers
11 Nov
Parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay for: pre-schools, day nurseries and out-of-school care registered childminders school based care (that is paid for, such as after-school and holiday clubs) The article summarises some changes HMRC are making to improve the childcare service. Provider payment changes HMRC have confirmed it’s now quicker for parents to make Tax-Free Childcare payments to providers, now taking less than 24 hours. For example; If a parent makes their initial deposit by bank transfer: it will normally take 2 hours for the payment to reach their childcare account HMRC will add any government ‘top up’ automatically they can use the money to pay their provider as soon as it shows as ‘available funds’ If a parent makes their initial deposit by bank transfer: it will normally take 2 hours for the payment to reach their childcare account HMRC will add any government ‘top up’ automatically they can use the money to pay their provider as soon as it shows as ‘available funds’ If a parent makes a payment to their provider: before 2:30pm it will reach the provider’s account the same day after 2:30pm or at the weekend or bank holiday, it will arrive in their provider’s account the next working day Payments over £2,000 will take up to 3 working days to reach the provider’s BACs account. Payment reference numbers HMRC have also advised changes to the payment reference number. Transactions will now appear on the provider’s bank statement as ‘National Savings A’. HMRC are working with the National Savings and Investment (NS&I) to make it easier to identify a Tax-Free Childcare payment. The reference will soon change to NS and I TFC. The statement entry (National Savings A) should also contain the child’s: childcare reference number – made up of 4 letters and 5 numbers. The letters are the first initial and the first 3 letters of the child’s surname. For example AJON12345 Tax-Free Childcare account number - this will be 13 digits long, begin with 1100 and should contain the letters TFC. For example TFC 1100012345678 Depending on the provider’s bank, a typical entry may look like this: NATIONAL SAVINGS A FP11s11111/REMI/TFC 1100012345678/ROC/ AJON12345/FPID/111111100N111111 If your bank displays the payment information differently and you are unable to identify a parent’s payment, you should call the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097. Providers who haven't been able to sign-up because of UTR The HMRC are changing their system in December 2019 to remove the necessity of providers having a UTR number, which has prevented some registering to offer the scheme. We'll update this page when we've heard it's changed, but parents can claim compensation for missed TFC top-ups. Parents should use this form if they: have paid full childcare costs without receiving the government top up are unable to complete an application for Tax-Free Childcare, because of a technical difficulty with the childcare service, which they are yet to resolve are unable to access their childcare account, because of a technical difficulty with the childcare service, which they are yet to resolve. If parents have any issues please advise them to contact HMRC's helpline and they will talk them through the process to claim this. Find out more about Tax-Free Childcare.
HLTA ..... your next step??
11 Nov
Professional Development and Career Progression opportunity for TAs The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced in 2003 to raise standards and tackle teacher workload. Gaining HLTA status is verification that TAs meet the highest level nationally agreed standards for adults supporting teaching and learning, allowing schools to deploy HLTAs to cover absences, planning, preparation and assessment times. HLTA Community SW have been delivering the assessment preparation programme since its inception and have a strong team of expert trainers. Past participants have subsequently received national recognition of their expertise at the HLTA of the year awards. Benefits of HLTA Status: Positive impact on pupil performance resulting from the HLTA role Helps reduce teacher workload A rise in confidence and self-esteem of the HLTAs Good quality career progression for teaching assistants (TAs) Verification that TAs meet the highest level of nationally agreed standards for supporting teaching and learning Recognised by Ofsted as a positive tool for the effective deployment of support staff. (NFER research, 2007) We are now recruiting our next cohorts for the 3 day preparation training. In Dorset: Dorchester—20 January, 22 January and 16 March 2020 Dorchester—28 April, 5 May and 16 June 2020 and in Devon: Buckfast—24 January, 31 January and 20 March 2020 Exminster—24 April, 1 May and 19 June 2020 For more details and application forms please visit our website http://hltacommunitysw.co.uk We are also happy to consider requests for bespoke training. Please contact us to discuss your requirements: For further information please contact TADSS on hlta.tadss@westfield.dorset.sch.uk or tel. 01305 833518. With thanks from The TADSS Team
SAFSO Conference - 'Believe in You'
31 Oct
SAFSO Conference - 'Believe in You' Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester Join us at the SAFSO conference, taking place at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, Dorset, a beautiful location where SBMs, Finance Officers and Administrators across Dorset and our surrounding counties will meet for a day of professional development, an informative and enjoyable day with a keynote speech, workshops, networking, marketplace stalls. Keynote Speech: ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ provides an antidote to the crazy world that typifies modern Britain. This workshop uses cutting edge research to explore how you can be you, brilliantly. The aim is to share some of the ‘secrets’ of Positive Psychology, focusing on learning new habits of thinking and behaviour that will sustain personal ‘brilliance’. It is about the ‘whole you’ and, as such, is applicable in and out of work. Workshops: GDPR One Year On: Review of Key Functionality in SIMS Schools financial value standard (SFVS) for maintained schools: Return metrics School resource management self-assessment tool for academy trusts: Return metrics Graphical reporting with Power BI for SIMS, FMS and SIMS Finance Are you Sitting Comfortably? Demonstration of good workstation practice, set-up and use. Including adjusting your chair and display screen equipment and the benefits of adopting a good posture and work practices. Mindfulness, Meditation & work - workshop from a CBT Therapist & Mindfulness Teacher working in NHS - Ellie Sturrock. Chair Yoga - yoga moves which can be done easily even in your chair. Expert yoga teacher holding workshops to show you how. Food and nutrition - a personal approach DBS – updates and top tips To find out more and book your place please use this link to the course in Dorset Nexus' training area. Thank you.
Schools contracts renewed
29 Oct
Following a process of requesting quotes from the market, the arrangements for the following contracts have been renewed - - Inspection and Maintenance of Machine Tools - awarded to R S Design & Technology for the period 01/11/2019 - 31/10/2020. - Inspection and Maintenance of Pottery and Heat Treatment Equipment - awarded to Celtic Kilncare for the period 17/09/2019 - 16/09/2020. - Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) - awarded to Calbarrie for the period 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2019. These have been procured with the support of the Health and Safety Team, ensuring that all relevant standards will be achieved. Attached is the contract outline containing contact information, specification and the price schedule. for each arrangement. For any queries please contact Tom Matthews at thomas.matthews@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk