Disadvantaged Learners Conference
Reaching their full potential
Our conference is for leaders in education who are committed to creating the best possible futures for our young people and want to know how to raise and maintain high standards of education in ways which are generative and supportive.
28 February 2020 9.15 - 4.00
Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT
Click here for the BESS 2019-20 Brochure
Bexley Education Support Service Brochure 19-20
We are delighted to present our new support offer for 2019-20, and as you browse through the brochure, I trust many of you will recognise that this is an offer that has
been built with you, reflecting what you have indicated is needed and drawing in partner expertise to ensure that you can access high quality support locally.
We continue to operate within a national educational landscape which reflects that society faces significant challenges and a pace of change that is unprecedented. My team want to stand alongside you to meet our shared ambition that all children will thrive now and in the future. The partnership approach that you requested has shaped the journey whilst developing the offer.
We asked Heads and MAT leaders what you needed and where you felt there were gaps in what was available. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the head teachers and multi-academy trust leaders who have given their time to support this work. You told us that recruitment remains a challenge and the offer anticipates the early career framework for teachers as well as providing on-going opportunities for developing all teachers and leaders, drawing on the Bexley Teaching School Alliance expertise.
We are delighted to work with nationally renowned leaders and organisations, with elements of the offer representing cutting edge research, ideas and thought leadership. There are some potential solutions to local challenges; we are pleased to be able to offer the SENCo accreditation locally as well as work that responds to both current inspection themes and recognises the implications of the draft framework. Perhaps most importantly, I would like to draw your attention to our values as these demonstrate how Bexley Education Support Service seeks to complement the development of an exceptional local education system.
Our intention is to be a niche provider of school improvement support because of our approach to partnership working.
I am confident that you will see over the following pages an enhanced core offer to schools; and if you are a Bexley school, I look forward to outlining in the summer term how the offer connects to our new school improvement model.
Head of Strategic Education Partnership and School and College Improvement
The Council, your energy bills and BIU
Earlier this year, the Council engaged energy consultant British Independent Utilities (BIU) to audit gas and electricity bills going back 6 years. The outcome for most schools who are supplied via the Laser energy supply framework is a correction to the amount of VAT applied to your bill, usually resulting in a lower bill going forward. Beyond this, many schools also benefitted from a retrospective credit for the amount of Climate Change Levy (CCL) incorrectly applied to their bills, with a corresponding reduction to the cost of energy on future bills.
Of course, nothing is free and the Council needs to recoup the cost of employing BIU’s services. We have already paid one tranche of fees totalling several £1000. However, we would like your support in paying the remaining sum. For most schools, this will be a modest sum (around £250 or less). For some schools however, consuming larger volumes of energy, the fee may be higher. This is a one-time only cost; your bills will continue to reflect lower CCL charges and VAT duty. We will begin issuing invoices shortly and trust that you will support us with your payment in due course. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Mike Sexton on 020 3045 5127
Gas meters in schools
We are writing to advise of the pending industry wide gas meter de-aggregation associated to Project Nexus, details of which can be found here: http://www.gasgovernance.co.uk/nexus
As a result of this project, your gas supplier will be de-aggregating your gas meters on 1st July 2015. For the majority of schools and all those signed into the Bexley/Laser energy framework, the supplier is Total Gas & Power. The change, however, applies regardless of who your gas supplier may be.
What this means for you:
• An increase in the number of invoices you receive (one invoice per meter rather than multiple meters appearing on the same invoice)
• For some sites there may be changes to the frequency which your supplier will collect meter readings
• Initially, your standing charge will be split equally across all supplies (e.g. 2 aggregated supplies receiving a daily standing charge of £10 will receive daily standing charges of £5 each)
• When your annual price change takes place in October, your gas supplies will be allocated specific charges based on the individual meter’s consumption & usage profile. This may result in a different standing charge for each meter. “
It is important that you take a reading from all/any gas meters on site on or around 30th June as this will inform future billing.
Make large savings by using the Procurement SLA
The Bexley Procurement Department are offering access to two framework contracts which could provide you with 50% savings on your current spend.
Telephone Line Rental and Call Charges
We recently helped an organisation linked to Bexley to save 53% on their annual expenditure on telephone line rental and call charges.
There is a minimum amount of work for you to do.
• You provide the company with copies of your last 6 months invoices
• The company analysis’s the invoices and provides a comparison report which details the savings.
• The company handle the transfer from your current service provider.
• One point of contact for all services.
• A dedicated Account Manager.
• Information is supplied in an easy to read format saving time and energy poring over lengthy documents.
• Services of a local Business Manager who can help you with your future requirements.
This popular contract is still available for use. When the council moved over to this contract it saved nearly £20,000.
This contract offers a complete washroom service solution including a collection and disposal service of:
• Sanitary, Nappy and Incontinence, Medical Sharps, Clinical/Incontinence and Offensive Waste Bins
• Roller Towels
• Hand Dryers
• Washroom Equipment
What you receive is the same you just pay less.
To access these contracts all we ask you to do is to sign up to the 2015/16 Procurement Service Level Agreement.
We have not increased our prices.
The savings you can make from accessing the above contracts will more than pay for the cost of purchasing our service level agreement.
For further information:
e mail email@example.com or
telephone Sue Morton on 020 3045 5124