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Facts about Ramadan

Here are some simple facts about Ramadan : Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar The dates change each year because the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the moon During the month Muslims won't eat of drink in the hours of daylight - not even water! Ramadan remembers the month the Qur'an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The actual night that the Qur'an was revealed is a night known as Lailut ul-Qadr ('The Night of Power')…

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership View the Female Genital Mutilation: Procedure and Guidance Download the Buckinghamshire Strategy for Tackling Female Genital Mutilation Resources Download the Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural information Visit the Government Guidance July 2020 Visit the NSPCC Helpline Register for your free FGM E-Learning (Home Office link) FGM support materials Resources including awareness-raising materia…

FFT Aspire

What is FFT Aspire? FFT Aspire is a reporting and data tool for schools, local authorities and academy chains. It provides a range of dashboards and reports that support school evaluation and target setting. Buckinghamshire schools and academies can purchase a discounted subscription to FFT Aspire through the School Management Support Team. FFT Aspire FFT subscriptions are available to order on the Traded Services website (under School Management Support Team) Buy FFT Aspire subscri…

Finance committees

"Although the primary responsibility of a school is to provide the best education possible for its pupils, control over a delegated budget brings with it a responsibility for financial stewardship" Audit Commission Each governing board has a statutory responsibility for the financial management of the delegated budget in their school. As a whole, they are accountable for the standards of education provided and for balancing cost and effectiveness. Above all, governors need to ensure that the…

Finance Overview

Finance Overview (previously Finance Day) To provide an overview of all areas within Finance and the opportunity to meet with Finance staff. Suitable For : All Finance Staff, in particular new Finance Staff and new Head teachers. Date : TBC November 2021 Time : Two online morning sessions 10.30-1pm delivered via Microsoft Teams. Cost : TBC for 2021. Cost for 2020 Finance package 170 credits. If no Finance Package has been purchased £200. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation will…

Finance zone

Finance zone From the 1st April 2021 Non-Cheque Book schools will need to use the new receipts account details for advising parents, income collection providers etc. New Receipts Account - Barclays Bank A new bursar? Need guidance about what you need to do and when? View our Finance responsibilities calendar for maintained schools Schools e-forms portal Journal forms (Actuals adjustment, Year end accruals, New vendor requests) Service desk portal Contact us using the portal forms Gu…

Financial management

Background Each Governing board has a statutory responsibility for the financial management of the delegated budget in its school. Governors are accountable for the standard of education provided and for balancing cost and effectiveness. Maintained schools must complete the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) annually, and academies are required to make an annual Financial Management and Governance Evaluation (FMGE) return. Review frequency: annually Local guidance Finance (Scho…

Fleet management

Regulations for the use of vehicles Transport services Guidance notes (M1 Finance Local management Handbook) We support all BCC owned vehicles. We provide legal, technical, specification and maintenance advice to users. We provide vehicles on a contract hire basis. Departments who purchase their own vehicles must have periodic safety inspections carried out by us. The charge includes arranging the annual MOT test including the collection and delivery of the vehicle, renewal of the vehicle…

Footsteps

Footsteps is a practical pedestrian training scheme aimed at children in year 1 to year 2, which develops awareness of roads and helps them live safely with traffic. Children are taken into the local area with a trained tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety. It forms part of the portfolio of pedestrian training programme New Journey, which includes: First Steps - for pre-school children Making Tracks - which is aimed at children moving on from primary to secondary sch…

Forced marriage

What is Forced Marriage? There is a clear distinction between a ‘forced’ marriage and an ‘arranged’ marriage. In arranged marriages, the families of both spouses take a leading role in arranging the marriage, but the choice of whether or not to accept the marriage remains with the prospective spouses. A ‘forced’ marriage is a marriage in which one or both spouses do not and/or cannot consent to the marriage and duress is involved. Duress can include physical, psychological, financial, sex…

Foundation Stage eProfiles

eProfile - Important information – September 2016 Those schools currently using the eProfile may like to know that the software developer has updated the system to a browser-based platform. As a result, from September 2016 eProfile Standard, the standalone version of eProfile, is being discontinued but is being replaced by eProfile Cloud. The new eProfile Cloud will run from software which needs to be installed on a user’s computer and a single site licence will cover all school staff, wh…

Free school meals

Free school meals guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic Free School Meals Eligibility Schools have two options for checking eligibility for Free School Meals: Schools that have signed up for the Eligibility Checking Service If your school has signed up for this service then the LA will check eligibility for Free School Meals on the schools behalf without the requirement for paper evidence of benefits. Please click the link below for details on how to use this service Informati…

Fun day

The JRSO Fun Day is an annual event that is offered as an Induction Training for new JRSOs. It helps them and their Helpers understand their role and gives them ideas to undertake their duties at your school. Fun Day 2019 The annual Fun Day is on Friday 18 October 2019. This year’s event is being held at a different venue, located at The Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton. More details to follow in September although schools are welcome to register their interest now .…

Funding

The DfE has funded a School Improvement Monitoring and Brokering Grant since September 2017. The purpose of this grant is to allow Local Authorities to continue to monitor performance of schools, broker school improvement provision and intervene as appropriate. Buckinghamshire County Council will use these monies to: Provide reimbursement of Champion costs and expenses to Support Schools Provide financial support for Enhancement Group projects Provide financial assistance for spe…

Funding for Schools for SEND

Delegated SEN Funding High Needs Block Funding Mainstream Schools Funding for those with EHCPs Additionally Resourced Provisions and SEN Units for those with EHCPs Special school funding Independent Schools Delegated SEN Funding Already with schools In place to support CYP at SEN Support Not ring-fenced Important to plan provision with this funding How is Delegated Funding calculated? Delegated SEND funding is allocated to mainstream schools throu…

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