New S&GS Service Offer for 2019-20
Welcome to the 2019-20 Service Offer from School and Governor Support (S&GS). This brochure, which you can download here, provides an overview of the services offered to subscribing schools and academies together with the information you will need to access them.
As before, our support is focused on all aspects of school leadership and management other than those relating to the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning. As always we continually review our offer to subscribing schools and the invaluable feedback given by headteachers, governors and trustees helps ensure that the service continues to meet your developing needs and crucially provides excellent value for money.
S&GS remains a fully traded service and is, therefore, required to recover 100% of its operating costs. For the period 2018-19, nearly 80% of the family of Birmingham schools (both maintained and academies) made the decision to subscribe to S&GS. Your continued support is much appreciated and will only enhance our ability to respond to the wide range of issues that you face on a day-to-day basis. Having been able to keep our costs without increase for many years, there will be another small increase of £50 in the subscription charge for 2019-20 to £2,100. Maintained schools and recently converted academies will be invoiced early in the new financial year. Existing academies will be invoiced, as usual, during September 2019 in line with their own funding arrangements.
We urge you to take a really good look at our updated service offer laid out in this brochure. In the Introduction page, we would like to take an opportunity to share some of the things that you tell us you value most from your subscription as well as highlighting some additional benefits that you can look forward to this year. We hope that you will continue to subscribe to S&GS which, you tell us, is highly valued by school leaders and governing boards (GBs).
Interim Head of Service
School and Governor Support
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our children and young people!
Asbestos Checklist / Tool & EMAP
1. Management Assurance Process (EMAP)
In 2018 the Department for Education launched its AMAP and you may have received a notice from the ESFA requesting the completion of an AMAP questionnaire. Information and guidance regarding this process has previously been communicated:
The DfE has re-opened the AMAP portal, to provide schools and responsible bodies, who were unable to participate in the first collection, the chance to provide information and an assured response. If you still need to complete the AMAP and submit an assurance declaration closing date is 15th February 2019.
DfE information is located: Asbestos Management Assurance Process (EMAP)
2. Asbestos Checklist & ‘What Good Look Like’
A 10 point Asbestos checklist/tool and an example of ‘What Good Look Like’ are attached as aides to assist you in reviewing your schools asbestos management arrangements.