Dear Education colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to attach the Cheshire West and Chester Council School Spring Health and Safety Newsletter 2020.
I would be grateful if you could circulate this newsletter with all school staff and school governors.
To open the attachments in the newsletter please click on the embedded ‘paperclips’ within the PDF. If you have any problems accessing any of the documents or links in the newsletter please get in touch. Alternatively you can visit the ECWIP portal www.ECWIP.education health and safety resources pages where you can find the attached template documents.
I welcome any feedback and suggestions on this or future health and safety newsletters.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter!
Health and Safety Compliance Officer
Health and Safety Team – Corporate Services
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Tel: 01244 973306
Site maintenance officer health and safety meeting - Documents
Following the Site maintenance officer health and safety meeting held on the 27th November 2019 at Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port, please see attached presentations, documents and guidance.
During the meeting key topics that were discussed included;
Managing contractors and Health & Safety inductions for contractors,
Organising sleepovers in non-domestic premises and meeting fire safety responsibilities, occupancy calculations and general fire safety precautions on school premises
Reducing civil claims and property damage
Presentations were provided by Jon Siddorn (Cheshire West and Chester Health & Safety compliance officer), Cheshire Fire and Rescue and Kevin Jones (Cheshire West and Chester Finance officer/Insurance).
Please advise headteachers, school business managers and site maintenance officers of these documents and attachments.
New Ways of Working
The attached briefing updates on the New Ways of Working programme - developing a common and consistent approach to working with families.
The project has reached an exciting time with training being launched and dates to book on to attend. Up to 900 staff will benefit from learning how to use this in their everyday practice.
To book a place on one of the dates for this training please click here
Qwest Services now live on the portal!
We are Qwest Services, a unique partnership which combines market leading capabilities of our parent organisations within a single integrated team. We understand that each of our customer's needs is different.
It is our priority to understand each customer’s requirements and to build and deliver the right solution for you. Our purpose is to drive the delivery of improved services through innovation and transformation to create a more sustainable future which is customer focused.
We offer all services to ensure that your schools are statutory compliant. Additionally, we offer various other services to help meet your needs. Additionally, we have a 24hr Helpdesk on hand to assist with any reactive maintenance issues.
If you are interested in finding out more information about what we can offer your school, or would like a quotation for 2019/2020 maintenance, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools Recruitment Website
We have recently launched a new schools recruitment website for all schools to advertise jobs. You can see the new site here www.cheshirewestrecruitment.co.uk. This new site will replace the old system for advertising jobs and will provide lots of new features to support the recruitment and selection process in schools.
The most significant change that you will see is layout and format of jobs as well as more details about Cheshire West schools and the area. Some of the key features of the new system include:
- a job alert feature so that candidates can be notified of jobs as they are posted on the website
- an online application form for candidates to complete (which they can use for each application that they make)
- an applicant tracking system (ATS) so that schools can manage all applications through the recruitment process in a simple and easy way.
- short-listing and setting up interviews (either as a scheduled interview or create slots for the candidate to book themselves)
- communicate and notify candidates of updates to their application such as progressing to the next stage or rejecting candidates.
The new site is offered on a subscription basis. Those schools who subscribe to the service will be able to post as many jobs on the site as they want to throughout the year. As part of the subscription, we will be doing more promotion of school jobs, especially at key times of the year. This will also include all jobs appearing on jgp.com and indeed.co.uk. You can purchase the subscription on http://ecwip.education.
If you want to find out more about the new system, we will be holding two webinars on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 1pm and Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 11am. Please e-mail Katie Loke (email@example.com) with your name and e-mail address to register for a webinar. If you have any questions about the new recruitment website, please contact Rosemary Hodgson, HR Strategy Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org).