The HR training courses for the 2019/20 academic year have now been published and are available for booking; the published courses are:
Introduction to Performance Management of teaching and support staff (25 Sep 19);
Behaviour at Work - Understanding the Unacceptable (27 Nov 19);
Attendance Management (4 Dec 19);
Handling Difficult Cases and Conversations (22 Jan 20);
HR Induction for Headteachers (29 Jan 20);
Pre-Employment Checks and Single Central Record (11 Feb 2020);
Mental Health Awareness for Employers (27 Feb 2020);
Fixed Term Contracts and Varying Employment Contracts (25 Mar 20);
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (13 May 2020).
The courses can be found within the HR pages, through the Training pages or the calendar.
School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) Report Published (Updated)
The STRB Report has been published today and the report and executive summary can be found at:
The Executive Summary concludes and recommends that:
"For September 2019, we recommend that all pay and allowance ranges for teachers and school leaders are uplifted by 2.75%".
The (Draft) School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document is expected to follow shortly, and we will compare and review that document and provide advice to schools and academies accordingly.
The Education Secretary has accepted all the recommendations from the STRB, to raise the upper and lower boundaries of all pay ranges by 2.75 per cent.Schools will continue to determine how staff are paid, but the increase in pay will be supported by an additional £105 million to be paid through the teachers’ pay grant?.
LTS Catering celebrates Gold Food for Life award
LTS Catering has picked up a top award for the food they serve in schools for the very first time.
The team of passionate cooks are celebrating after being given the Soil Association’s Gold ‘Food Served Here’ catering mark, which is the highest accolade the Soil Association currently presents to caterers across the country.
The team serve more than 33,000 school meals to more than 230 schools across the Midlands and are continually striving to serve show-stopping, healthy food that helps children learn and grow.
Deputy county council leader, Byron Rhodes, said: “LTS Catering have had some fantastic achievements in the past year which include business beyond the county borders, trialling new menus, successful apprenticeships in Michelin restaurants and much more. But this recognition from the Soil Association is something the catering team have been striving to achieve, and now they have.”
“This quality mark reflects and embodies the good food culture that we’re so passionate about and underlines the excellent work from our school kitchens where staff take pride in serving food for young people that’s healthy, nutritious and where possible, direct from local suppliers.”
It is hoped that the latest achievement from LTS Catering, that has come shortly after being accepted as a member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, will encourage more people and organisations to get involved in making Leicestershire a healthy, sustainable county. Last year, LTS Catering contributed to the £2m income generation for the council which is helping to offset reductions in government funding.
Achieving the gold status will give LTS Catering the opportunity to attract new markets, which could help them contribute further to the council’s financial targets.
LTS Catering is well known in Leicestershire for its ethos and attitude towards providing excellent standards and exciting yet engaging mealtimes. One of their golden ingredients in their recipe for success
is the Junior Chef competition which attracts children from across Leicester and Leicestershire.
This year, the competition, which took place on 24 June, was made even more special as representatives from the Soil Association joined the young chefs and catering team to present them with their gold certificate to mark their latest success story.
Picture: Jackie Manship (Catering Manager, LTS Catering) and David Persuad (Food for Life Served Here Development Manager - Midlands).
Beacon Hill Cafe - Opening 29th July 2019
Visitors to Beacon Hill Country Park will be able to enjoy a range of hot drinks and snacks when the new cafe officially opens on Monday 29 July.
The first in a new venture for the popular park, the Leicestershire County Council run café is aiming to become a plastic-free zero waste hub for community events and recreational activities like cycling and hiking.
Work started on the new cafe in February 2019 and Leicestershire-based building firm Tanwood Construction have worked tirelessly over the past five months, to design and build a cafe that compliments the park’s natural surroundings and picturesque landscape.
Set at the lower end of the park, the cafe is fitted with an outdoor seating area and bike racks and is the perfect resting spot for a day out in the beautiful rolling hills of the countryside.
The new cafe will open at 10am on the opening day (29 July) and thereafter, daily opening hours will be 9am -4pm. Beacon Hill Cafe will be serving a range of luxury hot drinks, light bites, hot food and snacks as well as Marshfield Farm’s popular puppy favourite, Scoop’s Ice Cream.
If you're planning on heading down to be one of our first customers, make sure you tag LeicsCountryParks on Facebook and use the hashtag, #BeaconHillCafe on other social media channels.
If you would be interested in working at Beacon Hill Café please contact Wendy Philp on Wendy.Philp@leics.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
LEAMIS Service Desk Summer Opening Hours
The LEAMIS Service Desk will be open all summer but please note the changes to hours:
From 15th July until 26th July will be open from 08:30 to 16:30
From 29th July until 23rd August will be open from 09:00 to 16:00.
Exams Service Desk Support: Service Desk will open from 07:30 to 16:00 on 14th/15th August and 21st /22nd August
Normal opening times of 08:30 until 17:00 will resume on 27th August.
If you have any feedback on LEAMIS Service Desk or interested in an article that we have not published or would like to know more about how LEAMIS can meet your school's training requirements, Please contact Lisa Cope, Senior Business Services Specialist, Lisa.Cope@leics.gov.uk.