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Two “unsung heroes” have retired after more than 30 years

Two “unsung heroes” have retired after more than 30 years working as school cleaners. Gwen Turner, 70, and Eva Edwards, 76, were praised during a leaving ceremony at Chingford Foundation School. Grandmother-of-three Mrs Turner said she took on the job for “something to do” when her son Peter had grown up and never expected to stay 38 years. She said: "The caretaker who was the boss back then started putting the feelers out and my mum got me the job. My son had grown up and I was lost for something to do. I never had to work before. It started at 10 hours a week and...

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School Caretaker stole stationery to sell on eBay

A School Caretaker caught stealing more than £1,800 of stationery and selling it on eBay has been told he will have to pay back the money. Alan John Randell – or ‘BigAl66’ as he was known on the internet trading site – also sold items of PE equipment and clothing online for around six months before John Beddoes School’s head realised and reported him. Randell, 47, of Orchard Close, Presteigne, had been a big figure in the community – and was chairman of the local football club when he began stealing the items in November 2013. You can read the full story about this School...

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Nick Clegg marking how far school meals have come

The Deputy Prime Minster is kicking off a week of celebrations to highlight just how far school meals have come since the days of lukewarm liver and bacon and lumpy banana custard. As part of National School Meals Week (3 to 7 November 2014), a host of celebrity chefs are joining forces with school cooks to promote the great school lunch. It comes just months after the launch of free school meals for 2.8 million primary school children and the introduction of cooking on the curriculum. On Monday, the Deputy Prime Minister will be joining school children at Brasserie Blanc...

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Primary School Caretaker plans to stay put after 40 years

A loyal School Caretaker who plays a matriarchal role at her school celebrated 40 years of service when staff put on a surprise party. Beryl Wilkinson, 71, had no idea that her family, friends and even old classmates had been invited along to Rettendon Primary School to mark the occasion. The party came as a total shock to Beryl, who lives in a bungalow opposite the school grounds. "I genuinely had no idea about anything beforehand," she laughed. "The school put on a big celebratory tea for me, with a big 40 cake, scones and sandwiches." Even the Mayor of Chelmsford, Bob Villa, and his...

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Government’s evidence shaky when justifying academy conversion

Commenting on the National Audit Office’s findings about oversight and intervention of academies and maintained schools, and the Department for Education’s monitoring, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said “The National Audit Office’s findings are a damning verdict on a Government obsessed with change for change’s sake and poor on accountability. This goes straight to the heart of the Department for Education’s failure to recognise the vital role local authorities can play in intervening early and collegiately with schools. The Government’s evidence-base...

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Pupils are Kings of the Road in new highways film

Actually, this is a pretty good video. Budding actors proved they were Kings of the Road when they took over East Sussex Highways for the day. Their efforts can be seen on screen in a new film promoting the work of the county council’s highways department. In the film, It’s No Small Job, schoolchildren play the part of council staff including head of highways Roger Williams and road workers. “We wanted to do something different to promote the work of the highways service,” said Roger at the film’s premiere at County Hall on Thursday, October 23. “The film is fantastic and a...

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Caretaker/Handyperson, Halifax, Caretaker/Handyperson, Halifax, We are looking to appoint a dedicated individual who is able to use their own initiative yet be able to work... Read more
Caretaker, (Part Time/Temp) Rotherham Caretaker, (Part Time/Temp) Rotherham. Duties will also include general maintenance, undertaking daily risk assessments, general domestic... Read more
Caretaker, Gloucestershire. Caretaker, Gloucestershire. Have good DIY and premises skills and be able to carry out minor repairs and jobs     ...........   to see this... Read more
Caretaker, Porth, RCT. Caretaker, Porth, RCT. will be expected to undertake general caretaking duties, repairs and maintenance, as well as   ........   this vacancy... Read more
Caretaker/ Maintenance Worker, Sussex. Caretaker/ Maintenance Worker, Sussex. previous experience working in a similar type of project would be desirable  ...........   this... Read more
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Head Caretaker, Warwickshire. Head Caretaker, Warwickshire. Ideally applicants will have knowledge and experience of cleaning and caretaking operations, Health and Safety,... Read more
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Area Caretaker, Bristol. Area Caretaker, Bristol. The Main purpose of this job is to undertake cleaning, individually or as part of a team to ensure that the communal... Read more
Caretaker, London. Caretaker, London. The Caretaker/Handy Person will be responsible for the health and safety, general maintenance   ..............    to see... Read more
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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
How to Combat Arson in Schools I'd like to introduce to you The Arson Reduction Team. The team does some fantastic work with schools trying to reduce the risk of arson attacks. They focus on 3 main areas,... Read more