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From Caretaker to Headteacher from failing to outstanding

A Derbyshire school has turned itself around completely in just under three years and gone from needing special measures to being rated “outstanding” by Government inspectors. A newly-published report praises head teacher Debbie Gerring, who it describes as an “exceptional leader” and who, together with senior staff and governors, has “effectively tackled the issues identified in the last inspection” at Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College. The Ilkeston school has 86 pupils on role and caters for children aged two to 16 years, of which half have autistic spectrum...

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Sensible health and safety management in schools

The HSE provides information regarding sensible health and safety management in schools. The HSE says: A sensible approach to health and safety in schools means focusing on how the real risks are managed. The guidance on this series of webpages will help those responsible for managing health and safety in schools to strike the right balance, so that the real risks are managed and learning opportunities are experienced to the full. Sensible health and safety management should be straightforward, it's just part of good school leadership. For further information, visit...

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Even short breaks can reduce a pupil’s chances of succeeding

Even short breaks from school can reduce a pupil’s chances of succeeding at school by as much as a quarter, research reveals. The research, based on extensive pupil absence figures and both GCSE and primary school test results, highlights the importance of clamping down on pupil absence to ensure more pupils regularly attend school, and ultimately leave with the qualifications needed to succeed in modern Britain. It shows 44% of pupils with no absence in key stage 4 (normally aged 16) achieve the English Baccalaureate - the gold standard package of GCSE...

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Ex-head bullied, misused funds and allowed Caretaker to supervise

A former primary school head teacher with an "exemplary record" has been accused of bullying staff members, misusing school funds and flouting health and safety rules which put pupils at risk. Jill Elizabeth Evans appeared before a professional hearing on Monday to deny allegations of “unacceptable behaviour” that are claimed to have taken place between 2007 and 2010, when she was employed at Heolgerring Primary School in Merthyr Tydfil. At the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) hearing, in Cardiff, the 54-year-old was faced with nine claims, all of which she...

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Every school urged to champion fight against online bullies

Every school in Buckinghamshire should appoint cyber safety champions to prevent children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation or online bullying. That is one of the key recommendations of a report into Children’s Internet Safety carried out by a Buckinghamshire County Council scrutiny committee. The report, which is going to the Council's Cabinet, follows a three-month probe by the Council’s Education, Skills and Children’s Services Select Committee. Members received evidence from key witnesses such as the police and computer software giants McAfee, part...

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Head teacher slams 'maniac' parents at Godinton Primary School

A head teacher has slammed 'maniac' parents who drive too fast as they drop their children off at school. Jim Holditch, head of Godinton Primary School in Ashford, Kent, wrote a 500-word newsletter to parents saying he feared a child could be killed by a speeding parent. He said to mums and dads who drive too fast on the school run: "What is the matter with some of you?" Mr Goddington wrote the heartfelt attack after the School's Caretaker Peter Smith saw a BMW 'nearly take off as it went over speed bumps'. Mr Holditch wrote: "We all know children don't walk anywhere, they run.

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Assistant Caretaker, Sheffield. Assistant Caretaker, Sheffield. Ensuring the site is well maintained and well presented at all times. This will include an element of ... Read more
Caretaker, Newbury. Caretaker, Newbury. The post will involve looking after the building both internally and externally, making sure that all areas of the... Read more
Residential Caretaker, Surrey. Residential Caretaker, Surrey. we are committed to offering a safe and secure environment for all our pupils, staff and visitors. For this... Read more
Caretaker, Derbyshire. Caretaker, Derbyshire. Fixed Term Contract - Pending restructure, 6 months from start date  .............  this vacancy can be found by... Read more
Premises Assistant Gravesend Kent PREMISES ASSISTANT27.5 hours per week, 52 weeks a year There is a shift rota working 6 hour shifts (includes break) with varying hours on a... Read more
Premises Officer, Leicestershire. Premises Officer, Leicestershire. An ability to speak and understand English is essential,Good understanding of Health and Safety... Read more
Caretaker, Llantrisant. Caretaker, Llantrisant. The successful candidate will be required to undertake caretaking duties and general repairs / decoration and... Read more
Site Facilities Officer, Hull. Site Facilities Officer. Hull. a highly skilled and experienced Site Facilities Officer. The successful candidate must have a good... Read more
Site Supervisor Burton Upon Trent Trent Campus, St Mary’s Drive Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 0LLTel: 01283 239936Principal: Mr S L Allen, BA NPQH   11-18... Read more
Resident Warden/Caretaker, Oxfordshire. Resident Warden/Caretaker, Oxfordshire. You must have a friendly and approachable manner with the ability to exercise care and sensitivity in... Read more
Caretaker/ Handyman, London (E4) Caretaker/ Handyman, London (E4) Caretaker/Handyman with an eye for detail and great interaction skills required for this   ............   to... Read more
Caretaker, Bedfordshire. Caretaker, Bedfordshire. A driving licence is essential as you will be required to drive a company van   ............. to see this vacancy... Read more

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How to Cope in Caretaking From being a member of these forums for over 10 years, and a caretaker for 12 years, I've read about and have experienced much job related stress. Recently, my stress and... Read more
School Toilets - Washroom guide  SCHOOL TOILETS SchoolToilets.co.uk is a website designed to help you select the most suitable products for your school washroom environment. Developed by Cubicle Centre in... Read more
Infection Control Guide Research reveals that students receive about 20% of their environmental exposure in schools, accounting for a significant factor in the transfer of infections within the... Read more
Equality Act October 2010  EQUALITY Download the Equality Act 2010 Quick Start Guide for Employers. The Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaces previous legislation (such as the Race... Read more
Generic Risk Assessments Below are a wide range of Generic Risk Assessments to download. Right Click on the link and choose 'save target as'. These are provided as a basis to adjust to your specific... Read more
Safeguarding - Every Child Matters "What would you do if a pupil started talking to you about iffy stuff happening at home?" Listen to the pupil until he/she has said their piece. Do not interrupt nor ask... Read more
Safety Guidelines for Ponds in School Grounds The following guidelines relate to the design, location and management of ponds within school grounds. These guidelines must be applied at the planning stage of new... Read more
Is your Line Manager a bully?  Is your Line Manager a bully? The difference between bullying and management and how to recognise a bullying manager. Many thanks to BullyOnline.org. Visit their website... Read more
Information: The British Institute of Cleaning Science The British Institute of Cleaning Science The British Institute of Cleaning Science, which has its headquarters in Northampton, is the largest professional and educational... Read more
Questions you might be asked at an interview Thanks to forum member Tex, he has put together some questions you might be asked at a job interview. Can you tell us why you chose to apply for this particular job?Can you... Read more
Bullying at Work - Definition Thanks to one of our forum members workaholic, he has provided some useful information about bullying in the workplace. Examples of bullying/harassing behaviour in... Read more
Contractors induction Pack Contractors Induction Pack  As a caretaker you will be working closely with all different types of contractor.  Contractors may work in many schools so they may not be... Read more