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.
School admissions appeals must be organised and administered in compliance with Section 86 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, the Education (Admissions Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 and the statutory School Admissions Appeal Code, as amended.
The code imposes mandatory requirements, refers to statutory requirements and includes guidelines which relevant bodies should normally follow. Governing bodies have a statutory duty to act in accordance with the code.
The fundamental objectives of all school admission appeals are to:
• Provide an independent, impartial and informal but structured forum for parents and the admission authority/school concerned, to present their respective cases and to be confident that they will be given a fair hearing
• Ensure that independent appeal panels weigh up all evidence presented to them carefully and objectively before reaching a final decision on the appeal
• Operate within education and other relevant legislation, including the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. Appeal panels are also required to have regard to guidance in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Code of Practice for Schools when determining an appeal. Appeal panels are carrying out a judicial function and must apply the principles of natural justice
• Operate in accordance with the mandatory provisions of the code, having regard to all relevant guidance in conducting appeal arrangements
• Provide a system which is clear, consistent and easy to understand by everyone involved, particularly by parents. Schools need to be confident that they have the correct systems and practices in place in order to comply with the above. The clerk to the independent appeals panel must be independent of the school.
North Somerset Council’s School Appeals team co- ordinates and supports over 200 admission appeals each year, has trained and experienced staff who run admission appeals effectively and efficiently and in accordance with statutory requirements.
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