Audit Services undertake a variety of audit work within schools and academy trusts in order to provide assurance that schools’ financial systems and risk management arrangements are operating effectively.
We work closely with other local authorities and professional bodies to ensure that the services we offer to schools remain in line with statutory requirements and best practice, and we remain up to date with emerging issues. We provide internal audit services to all of the authority’s maintained schools and a number of academy trusts within the city. The section has a strong track record of providing a quality service to schools and academies and can demonstrate an excellent record of customer satisfaction in relation to these services. All of our staff are professionally qualified (CIPFA, ACCA, MIIA, CIMA) and are highly experienced in school audit arrangements including the academy sector.
There is no charge for the minimum service provided. This minimum service includes all maintained schools being required to have an internal audit undertaken by City of Wolverhampton Council’s internal auditors as a minimum every 4 years. This is in order to comply with statutory requirements and to provide assurance to the council’s Director of Finance.
The Banking & Finance Support element of the Hub is an integrated support facility that has responsibility for the council’s bank accounts and all associated budgetary information.
We provide banking arrangements for school’s income through bespoke paying in books and a cash in transit contract.
Income paid directly into the bank account is allocated by instruction from the school.
Advice and guidance can be sought on any aspect of the service we provide from a team of confident, capable, council staff.
Health and Safety Essentials
Health and safety legislation places overall responsibility for health and safety with the employer; who this is varies with the type of school:
• For community schools, community special schools, voluntary controlled schools, maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units (PRUs), the employer is the Local Authority.
• For academies, free schools, and voluntary aided schools, the employer is usually the governing body or Board of Directors.
Working in partnership with schools the Health and Safety Service will provide your school with comprehensive training, advice, guidance and support in relation to duties imposed under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and associated regulations as well as British Standards.
In accordance with the Education Act 2002 (Section 5) the Government requires the local authority to make directions to maintained schools regarding health and safety of persons on school premises and taking part in school elsewhere. The combined package of training and support provides schools with the tools to enable them to satisfy those requirements. All follow best practice guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and Department for Education.
The service available has been streamlined following feedback and in line with Health and Safety Executive guidance around focusing on the significant risks. The service covers core elements to ensure both the employer, the Head teacher and the Governing Body remain compliant with their respective duties. This includes:
Counselling and Therapeutic Support
This support is underpinned by child-focused approaches to understanding and addressing children and young people’s social and emotional needs, promoting emotional well being and promoting positive behaviour and engagement in learning. Counselling and therapeutic support can be an essential element of support planning for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Educational Psychology Service
Educational Psychologists provide schools with advice regarding learning, behaviour, emotional and social development, and mental health; assessment of needs; and planned interventions to promote learning and support psychological wellbeing.
The service seeks to work proactively with schools to ensure there is early identification of children who might benefit from support and a graduated response following an assess, plan, do, review process in order to meet their needs. Schools will be expected to have engaged with the Educational Psychology Service in advance of seeking a statutory assessment so that the assessment can be based on appropriate evidence already collected and supported by the psychologist working with the school.
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