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Welcome to Birmingham City Council’s language unit offering translation, interpreting and accessible information services.
Brasshouse Translation and Interpreting Services (BTIS) was established in 1990 and is Birmingham City Council’s language unit offering translation, interpreting and accessible information services.

During this time we have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the city's diverse community and its ever-changing language needs. As a team we have built up a wealth of experience enabling us to offer advice and understand your individual needs.

We are pleased to be able to offer language support in over 100 languages including British Sign Language. We aim to provide you with a high quality, professional language service that is reliable, cost effective and responsive. We are also able to provide you with consultancy and expertise to assist you in making communication accessible to everyone.
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S&GS Fortnightly Friday Update (20 July 2018)
20 Jul
This is the final Friday Update of the academic year. We hope that you have found the fortnightly updates useful and will continue to do so when they resume in September. Thanks to everyone who has contributed and to those of you that have taken the time and trouble to provide us with feedback. Key stage 2 test (SATs) results were released to schools last week (see attached) and governing boards (GB) have already started to analyse progress and attainment to get a full picture of how their schools have performed. As governors we recognise the hard work that has been put in by pupils and staff throughout the year regardless of the results, although the results are very important. As well as the usual training updates and items to note, this update refers to new financial monitoring and compliance reports that Birmingham City Council (BCC) requires all its maintained schools to complete and present to their GBs on a routine basis. On behalf of the S&GS team have an enjoyable and well-deserved summer break. We look forward to working with you again in 2018/19 and to seeing you at our courses and events. Thank you for all that you do.
S&GS Fortnightly Friday Update (6 July 2018)
11 Jul
This week School and Governor Support (S&GS) published its programme of governor training courses that are taking place in the autumn term 2018 and the spring term 2019. The programme has courses on topics ranging from the core functions of a governing board (GB), to courses on statutory and specific duties that require certain knowledge and skills. Look out for new courses on interpreting Analyse School Performance (ASP) data, Complaints Management for Governors and Clerks, and Managing Risk. S&GS anticipates that future governor training programmes will be published in April alongside the S&GS annual subscription offer to provide greater continuity and support the GB in compiling its training plan and budget allocation. Thanks to all of you that have supported the launch of the new S&GS website that features governor volunteering opportunities at schools across the city. We have been really pleased with the initial response and are grateful for the ‘mentions’, ‘likes’ and re-tweeting of recruitment messages. Helps to spread the word that governing at a school is the best way of making a difference to your community and developing your own professional skills at the same time. This briefing includes a link to new guidelines on gender segregation in schools that was published last week, and a recommendation to GBs that they undertake additional Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) checks on prospective governors. Hope to see you at Inspiring Governance - Recruiting Governors Workshop in Birmingham on the 17th July (see attachment) and do say hello to the members of the S&GS team who are also attending. Thanks for all that you do.
URGENT : Action required - Utilities 2019/2020
10 Jul
The Procurement Service has been informed of a reduced deadline for submission of members to the BCC Utilities contract. This means that all information from schools as to whether they wish to use the contract must be submitted by Friday 7th September. Letters and forms will be emailed and faxed to all schools by the 13th July. Click below to download a copy of : Utilities renewal letter for exisiting users Utilities letter for new users Utilities form
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WRAP Refresher Course
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016:57 ‘Individual schools are best placed to assess the training needs of staff in the light of their assessment of the risk to pupils at the school of being drawn into terrorism. As a minimum, however, schools should ensure that the designated safeguarding lead undertakes regular Prevent awareness training and is able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation.’
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Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work SEPTEMBER 2018 - 13TH 14TH & 19TH SEPTEMBER 2018 - THE KENRICK CENTRE
The courses run over three days and conforms to the Health and Safety Executive syllabus which satisfies the duty to provide a qualified ‘first aider’ as required under the Health & Safety (First Aid at Work) Regulations. Principles covered: Understand the role of the first aider including reference to: * The importance of preventing cross infection * The need for recording incidents and actions * Use of available equipment Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency. Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious ( including seizure) Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking. Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock. Provide appropriate first aid to minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters). Administer first aid to a casualty with: *Injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injury *Chest injuries *Burns and scalds *Eye injuries *Sudden poisoning *Anaphylactic shock. Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes
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DSL Visits to CASS and MASH
The Education Officers, as part of the School Safeguarding Improvement Team, are continuing to look at ways that the work of CASS and MASH can be promoted within the Education sector. As well as this, we are striving to improve education professional’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of what it is like in CASS/MASH on a day to day basis. DSLs being able to “experience” life on the ground floor at Lancaster Circus, there will increase understanding and awareness of the processes and procedures that the professionals here in Children’s Services undertake, but will also help to forge but also the professional relationships and links between school and Children’s Services. The format/agenda would be as follows: Strategic tour of floor – CASS. Introduction to people/agencies. (such as Early Help, Partners, Referral and Advice Officers and staff on Inbox) Strategic tour of floor – MASH. Introduction to people/agencies. (such as social workers, police, health, DA screening and CSE teams.) Q and A session and opportunity for networking with other DSLs.