The Schools Finance Team offer a range of versatile services and individually tailored support designed to meet the requirements of each school.
Information Governance Consultancy and Support
The City of Wolverhampton Council's Information Governance Team offers a service that supports cost-effective and comprehensive compliance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act 2018, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, along with Information Security and Records Management and other information governance related legislation.
The team has an extensive understanding of the local government and public sector environment, including schools. When you engage us, unlike many private providers, we do not need to be told about the environment you face. We understand, and we have no agenda, other than to deliver what is laid out below.
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:
Occupational Health Service
The Occupational Health Service (OHS) aims to promote the health and wellbeing of employees. Through the provision of high quality advice and health surveillance our occupational health team can assist managers in reducing sickness absence and preventing injury at work.
Our Occupational Health Unit includes an Occupational Health Physician, Registered Nurses, Accredited Counsellors and Chartered Physiotherapists, who have access to a portfolio of services.
Working together our team can provide practical advice and guidance to manage sickness absence, medical capabilities, statutory responsibilities for health monitoring and duties under the Equality Act 2010.
Provision of a data management service for core information that directly populates SIMS and associated software applications. This service has been developed in order to respond to the increasing amount of work being placed on schools and academies in terms of data management and to be responsive to the increasing necessity for high quality data.
We will work collaboratively with schools and academies to help develop their SIMS system, and facilitate effective data collection and analysis to meet each individual schools requirements. Our aim is to support the roles and responsibilities of Headteachers and Governing Bodies through the provision of professional assistance, thus ensuring a school fully meet their management information needs.
The team has developed strong links and relationships with a variety of partners and agencies for the provision of relevant information and also offers vast experience in local and national issues surrounding information management and data.
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