Our purpose, quite simply, is to help create circumstances in which successful teaching and learning can take place.
Managing schools to sustain such good provision is demanding and requires effective support services. The current challenging financial context means that we all need to test value for money and ensure we are using our core resources to best effect.
Good quality support and business services are essential and the council is committed to delivering high value, efficient services and acting on feedback from schools and academies. It is important for all concerned that we get this right and our services are seen as a positive factor in promoting good education.
School Administration and Financial Support (SAFSO)
SIMS, FMS and Financial training for School and Academy Administration and Finance Staff, all included within the SAFSO Support SLA. Course brochure linked as attachment on right hand side of this screen.The School Administration and Financial Support team (known as SAFSO Team) have worked with all phases of maintained schools, academies and free schools throughout Dorset and our neighbouring counties for over 20 years, supporting school business managers, school admin and finance staff, head teachers, SLT, and teachers in their use of management information systems (SIMS MIS) and finance systems (FMS, SIMS Finance and Access Education). We offer a full training and support package for Capita SIMS and Access Education Budgeting software plus an enhanced finance support option for Academies. We also provide DfE / ESFA Healthchecks. See link on right hand side of this screen for more information. Our services are offered to Dorset and non-Dorset schools and academies.
HR Advisory Service
The DCC Schools' HR Advisory Service provides a specialist advice service on all employment related issues to help schools lead, manage and develop a workforce equipped to provide a quality education to their pupils. Our aim is to assist schools to comply with employment legislation and other statutory guidance relating to employment issues and to advise and support schools to resolve individual employee cases.
Accountancy Financial Advice and VAT Services
Dorset Financial Service's Schools Accountancy Support Team provides a comprehensive financial advice and information service to maintained mainstream schools, special schools and learning centres. A comprehensive VAT advisory service is also provided by a VAT specialist.
Early Years and Childcare Service
Advice and training for the early years and childcare sector.