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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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Leicester Primary dedicates plaque to former School Caretaker

A city school has dedicated a special plaque to a popular caretaker who passed away shortly after retiring. Gerry Martin worked at Taylor Road Primary, in St Matthews, for more than 20 years and retired just as the school moved into its new £12 million building in 2009. Mr Martin, of Barclay Street, Leicester, contracted cancer of the oesophagus in February 2011 and died in July that year. The school has already raised cash for Loros where he was looked after and this week dedicated a memorial plaque on one of the school’s benches to him. Mr Martin’s widow, Sheila, and daughter...

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Former School Caretaker died after being hit by lorry in Croydon

A bird lover and former School Caretaker died after being hit by a lorry in Croydon town centre. Maurice Baxter, 80, had taken a bus into town after spending the day with friends at an Anglo-Indian social club last Thursday afternoon when he was struck by the articulated vehicle in Wellesley Road. Messages of condolence have been posted online by those who knew him from the 25 years he spent as the caretaker at Ashburton Junior School. Maurice was also an active member of the community around his home in Longheath Gardens, Addiscombe, where he lived for more than 40 years...

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Britain on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nation

The second annual State of the Nation Report which is published and laid before Parliament today from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCP), shows that Britain is on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nation. The Report says that while a strong economic recovery and a record number of people in work are welcome, the social recovery needed to get Britain back on track to abolish child poverty has not happened. Instead it predicts 2020 is set to mark the end of the first decade since records began without a fall in absolute poverty. The Report...

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School Caretakers' asked a lot for little reward

There have been a number of letters lately from correspondents commenting on the politics of austerity, the inequality of the North-South divide, the receipt of benefit payments and out of touch MPs of all political persuasions. Here is a current extract from the T&A for a job in Bradford. “School Caretaker - Bradford. Salary: £0.93-£1.20 per hour. Candidate will have previous experience in school caretaker/maintenance role. Shift patterns may be split, access to a car would be an advantage. Responsibilities: Key holding; carrying out security procedures for buildings and grounds; opening...

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Caretaker, Batley. Caretaker, Batley. This vacancy can be found by visiting this website HERE Read more
Caretaker, Cheadle. Caretaker, Cheadle. The successful candidates will ideally have experience of delivering a caretaking/general maintenance service within an... Read more
Caretaker, Manchester. Caretaker, Manchester. The position involves maintenance, daily cleaning, key holding and the security of the  ..........  this vacancy can... Read more
Caretaker, Stockton 0n Tees. Caretaker, Stockton 0n Tees. Caretaking, including security, general portage, furniture movement and upkeep of  ..........   to see this... Read more
Maintenance Person, Letchworth G. C. Maintenance Person, Letchworth G. C. ........    to ensure that boilers, heaters and air handling units are checked and are in good working... Read more
Caretaker, Warrington. Caretaker, Warrington. General maintenance in the buildings, Identifying any issues to be fixed and  ............ to see this vacancy visit... Read more
Caretaker, Kent. Caretaker, Kent. Candidates must have work experience within the public sector. Candidates must hold a full UK driving licence ... Read more
Caretaker, Cambridge. Caretaker, Cambridge. to give a very high class level of cleaning to the sites with additional smaller aspects of gardening and... Read more
Caretaker/ Maintenance/ Handyperson, Leeds Caretaker/ Maintenance Operative/ Handyperson, Leeds. To provide efficient and effective caretaking and maintenance support across all of the... Read more
Site Manager, Gloucestershire. Site Manager, Gloucestershire. The role is both operational as well as managerial, therefore you will be required to have a “hands on”... Read more
Premises Officer, Leicestershire. Premises Officer, Leicestershire. You will need to have the drive, ambition and enthusiasm to become part of a team which prides itself on... Read more
Assistant Caretaker, West Mids. Assistant Caretaker, West Mids. Have a sound experience of D.I.Y. and the ability to undertake repairs and maintenance as required ... 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