Deaf Awareness Week - 15th - 21st May 2018
As this week is Deaf Awareness Week, please find attached a finger spelling chart as a free resource to encourage pupils to learn how to spell their name in sign language.
If you would like any further information regarding accessible information services such as British Sign Language, Braille, audio-recording or large print please do not hesitate to contact our Accessible Information Officer, Mark Thomas on 0121 303 1617 or email email@example.com
Further resources can be found at: http://deafcouncil.org.uk/deaf-awareness-week/publicity-materials/
Volunteer as a School Governor in Birmingham
Birmingham City Council is seeking to recruit volunteers with business skills and experience to serve on school governing boards throughout the city. School governors play a vital role in improving school performance. Encouraging staff to volunteer is a compelling and cost effective way of offering professional development and building the skills of your employees.
Through volunteering, the governor will:
make a real difference to young people’s lives, helping them to realise their potential;
gain experience of working at board level in the education sector;
develop valuable leadership and decision-making skills; and
enhance the reputation of your business for Corporate Social Responsibility, by providing a service to the school and the local community.
Requirements: No specific qualifications are required, just a willingness to work as part of a team, provide professional challenge and use your skills, in particular:
knowledge of finance or change management.
Please note - volunteers are not required to have a background in education.
Time commitment: The role of the school governor can be demanding, but very rewarding. Under usual circumstances, you should expect to spend around 10 days a year on your governing responsibilities.
Location: Vacancies across Birmingham – we will work with you to find a suitable match.
To find out more, contact School and Governor Support on 0121 464 2216, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/school-governors. If you are considering becoming a school governor, you can find and download all the relevant documentation from www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/791/application_for_school_governors.
S&GS Service Offer 2018-19
Welcome to the 2018-19 Service Offer from School and Governor Support (S&GS). This brochure, which provides an overview of the services offered to subscribing schools and academies together with the information you will need to access them, is also available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/SGS.
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. However, the 2018-19 Service Offer has been given a new and updated look and sets out more clearly the core elements of the service: advice, guidance and consultancy. 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 in the changing educational landscape and crucially provides excellent value for money.
S&GS is a fully traded service and is, therefore, required to recover 100% of its operating costs. For the period 2017-18, 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.
As a service we appreciate the pressure on school budgets and remain committed to keeping our costs as low as possible. However, in line with the recent Budget Consultation and for the first time in five years, there will be an increase of £100 in our subscription. The subscription charge for 2018-19 will therefore be £2,050. Maintained schools and recently converted academies will be invoiced early in the new financial year. Existing academies will be invoiced, as usual, during September 2018 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. We also hope that you will continue to subscribe to S&GS which, you tell us, is highly valued by school leaders and governing boards.