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Page last updated: 02/08/2016

Throughout Essex County Council, there are several services available for schools to subscribe/buy into. The information below describes what the service offers and how you can subscribe to it. 

Further information on these services is available via the My School Page once logged in. 

Approved Transport Provider Search

This facility is accessible via the My School Page with a valid login. Using the Approved Transport Provider Search helps schools search for a transport provider (if they were looking to organise their own transport) in a particular area that is approved by ECC. 

Bus Routes

The Bus Routes facility is available via the My School Page of Infolink with a valid login. This feature allows schools to search for a specific entitled passenger that ECC provides transport for, or a particular route. This compliments the Passenger Loading Lists function that is also available for schools. 

Capital Building Maintenance

Capital building maintenance is not a service that requires subscription.

Capital building maintenance is defined as works costing over £10,000 including fees. Maintained schools may contact ECC through MITIE to report capital building maintenance issues. These issues will be prioritised with all other known school capital building maintenance and works will be commissioned by ECC when affordable in order of priority. Please note schools are required to contribute £40 per pupil at the school toward capital building maintenance projects. More information can be found here​.

Maintained schools are defined as community, foundation and voluntary controlled schools.

Academies and Free Schools should apply direct to the EFA for capital building maintenance funding through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

Voluntary aided schools should apply for capital building maintenance funding to its Diocese.

EES for Schools Services

EES for Schools offers a range of subscription and pay-as-you-go school effectiveness services across the 6 dimensions (Teaching, Learners, People Management, Business Management, Leadership and Governance). An overview of the services on offer can be accessed via the EES for Schools website.

Clerking Agency

EES for Schools can appoint clerks to join schools governing bodies. This can be done at two levels Standard, or Premier. Further information about this service can be found by emailing the Clerking Agency itself. ​​

Education Finance Support

EES for Schools offers high quality advice and consultancy services to schools and academies covering all areas of finance and internal controls. Contact the Education Finance Support team directly for further information or visit the website.​

Education HR

EES for Schools offers advice and consultancy on employee relations issues, provides a dedicated advice line, model policies and a range of training packages. To become a subscriber or for further information about this service, please visit the website​.

EES Training

Providing high quality training, development and consultancy opportunities for the whole school workforce including governors. EES for Schools supports schools in becoming more effective through the recruitment and retention of high quality and well-trained staff. To find out more about the courses available visit the EES Training website, email EES Training, and to find out more about Education Adviser Support, email Consultancy Training.

Governor Services

EES for Schools provides professional advice and support including training to enable governors to keep up-to-date, reflect on good practice and develop their strategic role in driving school effectiveness. For further information and to find out how to subscribe, visit the website or email the Governor Services team.

School Effectiveness

Based on The 25 Characteristics of High-Performing Schools, School Effectiveness+ (SE+) from EES for Schools is a complete improvement system for schools. SE+ helps schools to assess strengths, prioritise improvements, work in collaboration other schools, deliver good outcomes, and evidence this impact to Ofsted. To find out more, visit EES for Schools

School Library Service

EES for Schools’ School Library Service contributes to school improvement by providing resources, advice and training to encourage wider reading, reading for pleasure, to support the teaching of the national curriculum and to develop effective school libraries through subscription packages. The bookshop and personal shopper service is also available to non-subscribing schools on a Pay-As-You-Go basis. To find out more, email the School Library Service.

Target Tracker

Target Tracker, the market-leading assessment software enables schools to record, analyse and report on pupil attainment and progress data from Early Years through to Key Stage 2. The software identifies gaps in learning and supports leaders and teachers in accelerating children’s learning. Further information can be found by visiting the EES for Schools website​

Finance

About the Service
This team has a statutory role in calculating delegated funding for schools and also in monitoring schools' budgets including challenging and supporting schools in financial difficulties; monitoring the use of accumulated balances held by the schools and supporting the return of Consistent Financial Reports to the DfE.

You should contact this team if either you have a question regarding your school budget, if you are a school in financial difficulties, or if you have questions related to the Consistent Financial Reporting requirements.

How to Subscribe
No subscription is necessary. Users just need to be able to access the secure area of Infolink. 

Who is it available for?
All local authority maintained Essex schools.

Health and Safety

​​Health and Safety is provided as a statutory service for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools. The service is also available for Academy, Foundation, Voluntary Aided, Free Schools and Independent Schools to buy in to. 

Why would you need this service?

All schools have a legal, moral and economic duty to ensure the safety of their pupils, employees, visitors, contractors and members of the public. Essex County Council's health and safety service will help you to ensure these duties are fulfilled


What is included? 

The Health and Safety Service includes:

  • A support desk offering advice and information on health & safety matters
  • Access to the secure area health & safety area which contains policies, codes of practice and guidance
  • Updates on new legislation, HSE guidance and other health & safety news.
  • Access to the online health & safety monitoring which goes live every November
  • Auditing and Inspections of Community and V/C schools. Available at additional charge to paying schools.

How to get access

If you are a Community or Voluntary Controlled school, then you are automatically entitled to all of the services provided by the Corporate Health and Safety Service. To gain access to the Health & Safety pages, you will need to complete the Secure Area Nomination Form stating that you need access to health and safety and send this to the password team via email.

For Academy, Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Independent Schools, details of the Health and Safety Advisory Service (which can be purchased from Corporate Health & Safety) are on the Health and Safety 'How to access the service​' page. Please read the service offer and the terms of agreement fully before completing and returning the form.

Insurance

Essex ​County Council's Insurance Team provides an Insurance and Operational Risk Management service for all schools that "buy back" into Essex County Council's Insurance Programme.


What is included?

The Team provides a value for money, well rounded range of covers specifically tailored to the needs of Essex Schools and enables access to a diverse range of quality Insurance and Risk Management information and advice. All schools can access documents and key updates relative to the insurance programme.


How to get access

​Schools which are not academies that are situated in Essex are centrally insured with ECC & do not have to opt into the insurance service. However, if they are to convert to an academy, they are responsible for arranging their own insurance. ECC is able to offer insurance for academies through our Academy Insurance Framework & therefore if schools converting to an academy or existing academies (in Essex & outside of Essex e.g. Bromley & Thurrock) are interested in the service, then they can obtain a quote from the Insurance team and proceed with insurance when they convert to an academy or when their existing insurance expires. Further information can be found by visiting the Insurance page where the team contact details are also available. 

Reporting School Closure

To be able to Report a School Closure, you will need a username and password for the secure area of Infolink. 

Schools are 
no longer required to contact the Schools Communication Team. Notifications will be published on the Emergency School Closure​ page. Please read the information on the School Closure page before submitting a notification, then log in to the secure area to complete a notification. 

Anyone within the school that has a login to the secure area of Infolink is able to report a closure for the school, however we advise that a process is set up / agreed to ensure that the closure for your school is only submitted once (as and when necessary). 

My Documents

Once logged in to the My School Page - you will be able to access a link titled 'My Documents'. 

Clicking on this link will then take you to a list of documents which have been assigned to your school (if any have been). 

Once documents are uploaded and assigned to your school, you will receive an automated email informing you that these documents are now accessible. However, please read the notification carefully as some documents are assigned to headteacher accounts only. 

School Meals Support Service

All LA run schools are entitled to this service as it comes out of their budget (should schools wish to engage) but when schools convert to academy or a new free school/academy opens and they want our service they have to buy into it.  

For further information, visit the School Meals Support Service​ page.

Transport and Free School Meals List

The FSM administration service is provided free of charge to community and foundation schools but is traded to academies and free schools. If schools convert, they can buy the service back. The service will provide information and service level agreement to sign. FSM administration then takes over the application process, and manages monthly eligibility audits for them. Further information and contact details can be found on the Education Transport and Awards Infolink page.

 

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