The changing landscape of education provision, and the move towards a self-improving school system, requires new relationships to be developed between schools and between schools, the Local Authority and other key partners. The education community in North Somerset is keen to ensure that children and young people can continue to benefit from a cohesive and collegiate education community in North Somerset. The Education Excellence Partnership Board, will work in partnership to consider strategic issues and developments for the education community in North Somerset.The sub group of the board, the School Standards Board, will also undertake the role of monitoring standards across the whole schools community in North Somerset and ensuring the success of the self-improving school system.
Contract Management - Building Cleaning
This service is mandatory for all schools in the central North Somerset Council building cleaning contract and is also open to all other schools, irrespective of service provider.The Contracts Management team is made up of professionals who provide technical expertise and knowledge to help schools manage and deliver high-quality services in all aspects of building cleaning.Specialist knowledge and contract support will provide schools with service support and guidance as well as contractor management of their building cleaning contract. The team will support schools by managing any contract and driving up standards through service improvements. Current and new legislation will be applied.• Contract letting through central contracts with full management of the contract• Support to schools with alternative contractors or in house provision• Support to schools looking to improve, enhance or review services• Professional point of contact for government industry requirements and changes to services• Professional advice on materials and finishes for new school buildings and/or refurbishments to minimise cleaning and maintenance costs
Contract Management - School Meals
The last day for the central school meals contract [current supplied by Edwards & Ward] is Friday 23rd March 2018. North Somerset schools have benefited over many years from the provision of a central contract, supported by professional management who provide technical expertise and knowledge to help schools manage and deliver high-quality services in all aspects of school food. Over the years this service has delivered: • improved standards and quality of food• increased take up• many refurbished kitchens• the implementation and monitoring of all new food and service standards and legislation requirements• the implementation of Universal Infant Free School Meals• a standardised meal price to schools and parents across all participating schools• no contractor’s management fee for the delivery of the service.As there were insufficient numbers to make a new contract cost effective, schools will be required to tender for their own contract to start on Saturday 24th March 2018.The school meals monitoring service will continue as normal.
Liberata Creditors Service
The Creditors Payment Team provides an invoice processing and payment service via SIMS interfaces and an imprest/petty cash administration service for all schools (excluding chequebook schools and academies).
The Insurance team provides a comprehensive range of insurance services designed to manage and mitigate risks faced by front line services and to assist schools administer claims when financial losses are suffered.The team is skilled and experienced in providing a broad range of professional insurance services and is committed to providing high quality services.No element of this service can be currently bought back by academies.