BASBM Newsletter - Autumn 2023

Dear BASBM Members,

Welcome to our new group newsletter. We are restarting this feature and will send one termly to you. Remember to let us know if you have any feedback on future content.

It was amazing to see so many of you at conference on 3rd October, it was a wonderful day, with great feedback from members and exhibitors. You can see some of our photos of the event in our Gallery on the forum. To access it click here. All documents are also added to the saved event which you can find in the Communities Menu under Events.

We have just uploaded our agenda for our next conference on 31st January 2024 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, so do make sure you have had a look, just click on the event from the homepage to view the agenda and tick yes to attend.

We hope you have a fantastic Autumn term.

Best wishes

Amanda

Membership Renewals

BASBM renewals are due on 1st January 2024. Please make sure you have the correct PO Box details in your systems for this year. It should be BASBM, PO BOX 812, Wakefield, WF1 9XD. Your renewal will be automatically issued by the Forum, you will be promoted to choose to renew and raise an invoice. You can download invoices at any time from your profile, but if you struggle and need a copy please email anne-marie@basbm.org.

Changing Roles

We just wanted to issue a reminder about what to do in terms of your membership if you are changing roles.

If you are changing roles you can update your title within your profile (settings cog icon) and then we will log the update for you and approve the change in the system. However, if you are changing schools, because the school pays for the membership, you need to notify us and to provide details of who will take on your paid membership at your old school. We can then update your profile for your new school and the invoice will be payable by them for the remaining term.

We have seen quite a bit of confusion over this recently and so we wanted to make sure the process was clear for everyone.

Oracle Update

The recording of our last Oracle Update session on 18th September 2023 is now available and can be accessed via the Communities Menu, Events and Oracle Update Session. You may also want to join our Oracle discussion forum for updates which you can do by accessing settings via the cog icon top right and then selecting ‘Oracle Platform Users’ at the bottom where is says Relevant User Groups. We are also reposting here the Oracle newsletter email sent out by BCC, in case anyone is not on the distribution list.

New links in the forum

If you click in Resources on the Menu, you will see a new option at the bottom of the dropdown list called UKSSN. This is a link to useful blogs and articles supplied by the UK Schools Sustainability Network Operation Group. Paul Edmond, mentioned this in his talk at our conference in October, but for all those who haven’t yet had a look, please do. Paul also said that if any member needs support they can get in touch opsgroup@ukssn.org.uk or join the group for free - https://ops.ukssn.org/. There are also some lovely resources available in this that Paul also shared https://www.transform-our-world.org/ukssn/ukssn-news.

You can also now benchmark yourself against DfE standards for Cyber Security in the Resources section as well as standards for digital and technology. These benchmarking tools are specific to your profile and will save your progress, Red, Amber or Green.

New videos coming soon

We will be adding a new video showing how to make the most of the SBM toolkit and FundEd that comes as part of your membership. These will be added to a new area called Membership.

£25k Grant Opportunity for Birmingham Schools

You may remember that we had Solar for Schools as our main sponsor at the July Conference. They have very kindly go in touch to let us know about a fantastic opportunity for Birmingham schools to obtain a grant towards solar panels.

The Solar for Schools Community Benefit Society Ltd. (CBS) enables schools to get solar panels at zero capital cost, benefitting from low-cost solar electricity and profits from surplus income generated. It also provides education in energy and sustainability to its member schools. Birmingham’s District Network Operator, the National Grid, has provided the CBS with £500,000 grant money to put towards school projects in areas of deprivation. It’s an amazing opportunity for us to help more schools decarbonise through our fully funded programme. We are looking at schools with upwards of 30% of pupils eligible for free school meals. If you would like to know how this grant could benefit your school, please contact Danielle on 0121 393 4696 or email daniellep@solarforschools.co.uk.

Sustainability opportunities with Children’s Air Ambulance

Following our recent session on sustainability at the October Conference we were contacted by the Children’s Air Ambulance about several ways you can increase sustainability at your schools but also raise money for the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Click here for more information

Meet the committee

  • Amanda Kaye - Chairman, Retired
  • Scott Brierley - Vice Chair, Small Heath Leadership Academy - Star Academies
  • Stuart Jones - Vice Chair, Chilcote Primary School
  • Anne-Marie Hunt - Group Operations Manager
  • Ruth Barrett -Hamilton School
  • Sue Longhorne - St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School
  • Chris Christoforou - Excelsior MAT
  • Emma Banks -Lindsworth School
  • Brian Baughan - Anglesey Primary School
  • Vicki Broad - Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust
  • Tara Hanif
  • Neil Limbrick

Sponsor News

We are really lucky to be supported by loads of great education based suppliers - many of which have done so for many years.

Below are the most recent to sign up or renew with us:

  
3D Facilities Support
3D specialises in engineering solutions and facilities management for the education sector. We deliver bespoke maintenance and support programmes for client needs and business priorities, with skilled and professional engineers available 24/7.
Website: http://www.3dfacilitiessupport.co.uk
  
ABCD Tech
With a reputation built almost exclusively on referrals, our focus is on providing a tailored solution and a quality install every time. Simply Effective
Website: https://abcdtech.co.uk/
  
A-Stat Office Technology Ltd.
A-Stat: Where Independent Service Surpasses Corporate Scripts, Elevating School Operations to New Heights of Efficiency and Reliability
Website: https://astat.co.uk
  
Cube Contracts
Cube contracts deliver construction & refurbishment projects to the Education Sector
Website: https://www.cubecontracts.co.uk
  
Education Staffing Link
Specialists in supplying Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Leaders to Primary Schools in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Website: http://www.esl.uk.net
  
ESPO
Offering a huge range of education resources and services, we’re here as your procurement partner.
Website: https://www.espo.org
  
Lord Combustion Services Limited
HVAC Service, Maintenance, Design & Installation Commercial Heating Specialists
Website: www.lordcombustion.co.uk
  
Pentagon Play
The Number One School Playground Specialist
Website: https://www.pentagonplay.co.uk
  
Pioneer People
Providing educators today for the leaders of tomorrow
Website: https://www.pioneerpeople.co.uk
  
Schools' Buying Club
Schools' Buying Club is the only national procurement service in the UK that is
Website: http://www.schoolsbuyingclub.com
  
Services For Education
Leading provider of high quality education and learning that improves the lives of children of young people
Website: http://servicesforeducation.co.uk
  
SIPS Education - Catering Services
Our Catering Team provides bespoke and innovative services based on a wealth of experience and a passion for food
Website: https://www.sips.co.uk/our-solutions/catering/
  
SIPS Education - Governor Services
Professional services to support school governance
Website: https://www.sips.co.uk/our-solutions/governance-service
  
SIPS Education School - HR Service
Impartial advice and guidance
Website: https://www.sips.co.uk/our-solutions/h-r
  
Sports Plus Scheme
Sports Coaching and Physical Activity Provision offering Bespoke Packages since 2001
Website: http://www.sportsplusscheme.com/nbs
  
Tame Cleaning & Maintenance Ltd
The Complete Daily Cleaning Contractor.
Website: https://www.tamecleaning.co.uk
  
Tenjin Limited
Specialist data protection training provider and consultancy for educational establishments
Website: https://www.mytenjin.com
  
The Litmus Partnership
Litmus ~ testing best value against budgetary constraints...
Website: http://www.litmuspartnership.co.uk
  
Vivify Venues

Website: www.vivifyvenues.com
  
Zest Education
Specialist supply teaching agency across the West Midlands and Staffordshire with an exceptional reputation for being personable, professional and honest
Website: https://www.zesteducation.co.uk

Upcoming Dates

  
AGM plus Managing Difficult Conversations Online Workshop
Date: 26 June 2024 - Start Time: 11:00
Venue: Online (via Microsoft Teams)
  
  
BASBM Autumn Conference 2024
Date: 02 October 2024 - Start Time: 08:00
Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground
  
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