Broadband connectivity in North Somerset is provided in partnership with the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) to support learning opportunities for all schools, children and young people in North Somerset.
The South West Grid for Learning has an international reputation for providing high-class services to education. The South West Grid for Learning is a not-for-profit charitable trust company
Maternity,Paternity & Adoption Pooling Scheme
The maternity and paternity pooling scheme is a scheme offered by the LA which will enable schools to work together to minimise the potential cost implications of staff maternity and paternity leave.
The scheme covers all staff employed by the school including the headteacher. Any North Somerset school or academy can enter the scheme but they must cover all staff employed by the school.
Support staff networks across North Somerset are enabled, through the specialist communities, to access quality, development opportunities which involve:
• the sharing of effective practice
• high quality input from practitioners sourced for their expertise
• relevant planning in response to need
• leadership and structured co-ordination of groups
• additional training opportunities highlighted and implemented
• mentoring new School Bursars, Administrators and Business Managers if they elect to do so
The outcomes and impact of these activities are that:
• there is provision of a consistent quality of support staff CPD
• this is an established and recognised/trusted entitlement for support staff
• enables support staff to build links with colleagues and schools and creates a strong support network which staff also access outside of planned meetings
• the opportunity for support staff to expand their knowledge from networking on current local and national initiatives
• that support staff and schools have a CPD record of meetings/training events attended
• the correct procedures are followed for the release of support staff by CPD Leaders in school
• support staff feel valued and that their training needs are being recognised
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