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
Sickness Pooling Scheme
North Somerset Council operates pooling schemes to enable schools to work together to minimise the potential cost implications of teaching and support staff sickness.
The scheme covers all teachers (including headteachers) and support staff employed by the school with the exception of lunchtime supervisors. Any North Somerset school or academy can choose to cover only teachers or only support staff or all staff.
Schools must be in the scheme for a minimum of two-years before they are eligible to withdraw from the scheme. Claims can be made for any continuous sickness periods that exceed five school days. The scheme covers phased-returns where recommended by occupational health or GP.
The Virtual School (VS) monitor the educational progress and achievement of children in care to North Somerset and have a focus of raising the achievement of these children and young people, both as individuals and as a cohort.
The role of the Virtual School Head Teacher is a statutory responsibility provided by the Local Authority and North Somerset has a named officer/ Head Teacher in this role, working the equivalent of a 0.5 FTE contract. The Virtual School Head Teacher has the strategic responsibility for the education, attainment and progress of all North Somerset’s Children Looked After (CLA) wherever they are educated. To support this role there is a Virtual School Prevention and Re-Engagement Support Worker, who assists in the monitoring of the CLA in terms of attendance and progress and all related issues.
The roles of Advisory Teachers within the Virtual School are not statutory and, therefore, the support, advice and guidance, which schools will have been accustomed to will only be available, henceforth, as part of a traded service.
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