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New guidance on sending emails securely between the Council and Schools
23 Jan
The Council has stopped using Egress for secure email. There is now a simpler method to send secure email between the Council and schools. Secure transfer of personal data between the Council and Schools will now be much simpler as the Council and all Wandsworth schools use Transport Layer Security (TLS) on their systems. TLS is an encryption protocol that protects data when it moves between computers. When two computers send data they agree to encrypt the information in a way they both understand and the use of TLS on all email fulfils our important data protection responsibility to secure all data in transit. What this means in practice All email and attachments sent by the Council to Wandsworth schools and all data sent from Wandsworth schools to the Council @richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk domain, will be automatically encrypted. For schools this means that you do not need to use Egress to send secure email to the Council. You can simply send as a normal email and it will be sent securely automatically. Note that you will still need Egress for sending personal and sensitive data securely to other non-council recipients and there will be further guidance about sending mail by Egress from LGfL in the new year, which will also make that process simpler. For Council staff this means that when sending email to schools they will still use ‘Official’ or ‘Official Sensitive’ as appropriate for the content but in either case the message will go securely and now will have the benefit of opening on school systems without the need for schools to enter a password to view the message. A useful website that checks if email is secure between sender and recipient is https://www.checktls.com Here you can enter the email address of any recipient and it will tell you if the message will be sent securely. For any queries on this information please contact Gary Hipple gary.hipple@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk
Correction: Education Welfare Service - Penalty Notice Referrals – New email inbox
23 Jan
The way the Education Welfare Service (EWS) receives referrals from schools for Penalty Notices (PNs) is changing. The EWS performs a number of statutory functions, one of which is to issue Penalty Notices (PNs) on behalf of headteachers for non-attendance at school. From Monday 20 January 2020, all PN referrals should be sent electronically to the specific EWS email inbox EWSPenaltyNotices@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Schools should ensure each referral is scanned and attached to the email separately – not several attached as one document. Schools should make arrangements to maintain the orginal hard copy of the referral for reference. More information about enforcement measures at the disposal of the EWS can be found on the Council’s website.
FM Update
23 Jan
Dear Colleagues, The SSA Facilities Management team offer support and guidance for carrying out statutory compliance inspections and any remedials associated to both maintained and non-maintained schools’ details of which are currently available on Info4Schools. All records of Inspection and associated remedials carried out will be uploaded on the Council’s Concerto system as a depository of all compliance records. We will be providing a refresher Concerto support and training throughout next year. There is also a wide range of Mandatory and Cyclical tasks that we could provide through our contractors running such services for all our corporate properties. For example, Gutter clearance, Intercoms, CCTV etc. Please contact us so we can arrange a meeting to discuss your specific needs in all construction related issues. For enquiries related to service requests, please see below: All Enquiries and Out of Hours - FM Helpdesk Please raise requests at https://ssa.concerto.co.uk/content/helpdesk_external_abc2.aspx?type=ba98cba4-bb06-4347-a70a-86555149cb7c As this will help us by generating a unique reference number. Alternatively, Contact the helpdesk directly at 020 8891 7007 or Fmhelpdesk@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk where we can raise this request for you. General Enquiries - Jess Boreham 020 8891 7309 jess.boreham@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Building Fabric - Ricky Alboni ricky.alboni@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Mechanical - Charli Saunders 02088717856 Charli.Saunders@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Electrical - Keith Fifield 02088718066 keith.fifield@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Escalation Contacts: Garry Davies 02088716906 garry.davies@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Hussein El Bahrawy 02088716551 hussein.elbahrawy@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Yours sincerely, Hussein El-Bahrawy, RIBA Interim Head of Facilities Management
Ofsted Annual Report of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2018/19
23 Jan
Ofsted has published its annual report for 2019, with key topics including illegal schools, off-rolling, plans to increase the amount of work is does at a MAT level and the standards of exempt schools. Please see here for the full report.
FINAL REMINDER! Education Welfare Service Attendance Matters Network – Spring Term 2020
22 Jan
The Education Welfare Service (EWS) holds termly Attendance Matters Network meetings for school attendance leads and officers to support good practice across the borough. The spring term meeting is being held on Tuesday 28 January 2020, 9.30am – 3.30pm, at the Professional Development Centre. This training is free to attend. EWS Attendance Matters Network meetings are held termly and open to all school attendance leads and officers. They provide an update on developments locally and nationally in all aspects of pupil absence, with particular links to raising attainment, disadvantaged groups and educational inequality. Each session provides the opportunity for case discussion, talks from invited speakers and sharing good practice between schools to improve attendance and punctuality. The spring term focus is on ‘difficult conversations’ with parents and the Signs of Safety & Well-being framework. Both topics are essential to working with vulnerable groups. School attendance leads and officers can book via TPD Online, search keyword ‘EWS’. https://www.tpd.org.uk/cpd/portal.asp