The Payroll Team provides a high quality fully comprehensive Payroll and Pensions Service, including Statutory Pensions Auto-enrolment processes. This service is consistently praised by schools for its professional and customer service focused service. The team will visit the school to deal with any queries or to assist with the induction of new staff involved in the payroll process.
Property Support Service
Property Support Services offer assistance with the management of day to day maintenance, servicing and general property advice.
A condition survey is undertaken each year providing a written report to support the completion of the school’s asset management plan. Property Support Services can arrange for annual servicing contracts allowing the school to benefit from the competitive rates received for the borough wide public building contract. This also includes an ‘out of hours’ service for emergency works.
The school will have access to the Team’s helpdesk service for responsive repairs and contractor advice.
The Property team, if requested, can assist the school with the management of asbestos and other statutory requirement.
The team includes the full range of building professionals enabling in-house project management for schemes carried out using the school’s delegated funds. All staff employed by the Property Team with responsibility for visiting schools to undertake works will be DBS checked.
The team has been providing a competitively priced service to schools since Southend became a unitary authority; costs have been held at the current level since 2006. All staff are directly employed by Southend Borough Council and have an interest in improving the local area.
Children’s University Southend
The Children's University in Southend is part of a National Charitable Trust that provides 7 to 11 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.
The Children’s University (CU) aims to promote social mobility by providing access to high quality out-of-school hours Learning Activities to children aged 7 to 11, engaging the wider communities as Learning Destination partners in this process.
At the heart of the work is an ambition to raise aspiration, boost achievement and foster a love of learning. An important principle of the Children’s University is that participation is voluntary and it is intentionally something other than school – with a different feel, different activities and often taking part in a different location.
A Passport To Learning has been created, in which 7 to 11 year old children collect 'stamps' and hours of accredited learning. This contributes to the award of the certificate, encouraging them to access Children's University provision and a wide range of other worthwhile out-of-school-hours learning opportunities.
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