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ATC News Update 3.12.2021

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ATC News Update 3.12.2021

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This week we all felt Christmas was just around the corner with the snow and the start of advent. It hasn’t slowed things down in the trust with a busy week for all.

With the new Covid variant, face masks are now compulsory in schools and the Trust office. Please ensure you wear one when entering the buildings. We are also advised to take lateral flow tests to help protect ourselves and the people around us. 

The lovely, wintery snow brought power outages across Lancashire and the Fylde coast.  Our IT services team have been busy resolving IT issues caused by the power outages and ensuring minimal disruption to our schools. Thank you to all the IT services team for going above and beyond at the weekend, it was much appreciated.  Rumour has it our Head of IT spent his 40th birthday weekend working to support our schools.

Our IT Services team are enjoying their new, branded uniforms.  They have received positive feedback from the schools and it has made the team really easy to identify when on site. Our newest recruits, Lewis and Zubair, are out on site this week, supporting schools in Blackpool and the Forest of Bowland.

The Finance team continue to work towards the month end deadline.  Emma has been in the finance team for a whole month now and has made a huge impact across Bowland, Roseacre and the trust.  Thank you Emma for all you do!

Zaitoon has returned to the office this week, it has been great to see her back. She has been meeting with the digital leads at the school to continue the roll out of our whole trust Digital Strategy.

Marketing and IT have been working on digital signage over at Witton Park Academy to help engage students with events around the school and provide well being messages. Signage is being trailed in the café area.

Finally, thank you to Rosie for organising the office secret Santa and the office Christmas meal this week. We hope both events help bring the office staff together and get to know each other a little more.

ATC News Update 26.11.2021

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ATC News Update 26.11.2021

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The finance department is approaching month end again so are busy working towards the deadline in order to produce monthly management accounts for our trustees.

 

Our Internal Auditors, Red Rambler Ltd, visited this week to review our budgeting process and the Single Central Record.

 

HR are finalising plans to introduce a new HR management system. The new system will enhance monitoring absence, recruitment and much more. The HR team is very excited to have the new system in place!

 

Flu jabs for trust staff are taking place next week. Rosie is now the designated first aider for the team and following her first aid training last week has recommended using the first aid app, this could help to save lives. The link to this app is below:

 

https://www.redcross.org.uk/firstaidapps#app

 

All committees of the trust board met this week.  The full trust board meeting will follow in a few weeks time.

 

John Tarbox, our previous deputy CEO, visited the Trust this week to discuss quality assurance and performance management system. A good example of how we continue to work collaboratively with other trusts.

 

The IT team have been busy updating servers throughout the Trust to ensure they run effectively.

 

The Marketing and IT department have been in discussions with Witton Park Academy in regards to digital signage. The signage will aim to engage pupils with activities and help promote positivity throughout the school. More information to follow.

 

Finally we have some recruitment opportunities:

 

 

 

 

 

If you know anyone that may be interested in the position please forward them the information.

ATC News Update 19.11.2021

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ATC News Update 19.11.2021

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After focussing their efforts on the digital transformation across our schools, the IT team have now turned their attention to the hardware requirements of the central team.  

Induction training continues for the new IT recruits and they will soon be deployed to support our schools on site.

 

The marketing department has been working with Thames Primary Academy to produce a nursery promotional video. It has been a very enjoyable experience working with the leadership team, nursery staff and of course the children. We can’t wait to share the final video with you.

 

Rosie our Trust Support Officer has attended a First Aid Training course. Rosie will be our new first aider for the Trust team.

 

Flu jabs are still available for all staff working across the trust. If anyone would like to book a jab, please contact Beth.

 

Finally we have some recruitment opportunities:

 

 

 

If you know anyone that maybe interested in the position please forward them the information.

ATC News Update 12.11.2021

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ATC News Update 12.11.2021

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This week we celebrated Bonfire Night with many firework displays happening all over the country. 

The excitement continued in the office as we welcomed our new IT Technicians to the ever expanding central team.  

The finance team continue to roll out online ordering in all schools. This will reduce paperwork and will generally be a more efficient way of working.

Our HR Team are currently reviewing the trust HR policies.

The marketing department has been working with Roseacre Primary Academy to produce a nursery promotional video. The video will showcase the amazing facilities and outdoor area for children to play in. We look forward to seeing the finished product.

Finally Flu jabs are available for all staff working across the trust. If anyone would like to book a jab, please contact Beth.

ATC News Update 5.11.2021

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ATC News Update 5.11.2021

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This week across the Trust we welcomed back all our schools for the final half term of 2021. We also welcomed 3 new members of staff:

 

  • Emma – Trust Finance Officer
  • Lewis  – IT Technician
  • Zubair – IT Technician
  • Sully – Apprentice IT Technician

 

We look forward to working with them across the Trust.

 

A massive thank you to everyone that was involved in the admin team training day on Tuesday. Thank you to Zaitoon, Dan, Will and Rosie for organising this. The staff that attended found the training very informative and useful. Follow the hashtag  #schooladmintraining to see the training day in action.

 

Edtech coaching is now in place across the schools within the Trust. The Digital Lead will be attending various classes and helping the teachers within the classroom. This is part of the Digital Strategy.

 

We continue to explore HR management softwarethat will help improve the effectiveness and efficiency across the whole trust. Further updates to follow. In addition to this, the team are looking at building a staff intranet across the Trust. This will be a gateway for all staff to access policies and forms in one central location.

 

There was also some Inset training happening across the primary schools. At Roseacre the sessions included phonics and curriculum roadmaps and at Thames they revisited long term memory.

 

We continue to support the COVID vaccination programme with Witton vaccinations taking place before half term and vaccinations scheduled at Bowland shortly.

 

The next round of Local Governing Board meetings take place next week, ahead of the Trust Board meetings towards the end of the month..

Go Sober for October Mocktail Party

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Go Sober for October Mocktail Party

Today at the ATC office, a mocktail party was organised to help raise awareness for go sober October. The Sober October Mocktail party was part of Macmillan cancer support that encourages people to go alcohol-free in October to raise money for people need your support now more than ever.

 

The mocktail was a unique and fantastic experience in the office, the first office party in fact! A special thanks to Rosie who helped to create and serve the cocktails, she is a mixologist in the making. Also Thankyou to all staff that contributed and attended the event making it a success.

 

If you would like to donate, please click the link below, the donation button is at the bottom of the page:

https://www.gosober.org.uk/

See below for some of our staffs favourite mocktails and recipes

ATC News Update 15.10.2021

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ATC News Update 15.10.2021

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This week we welcomed the AtC Leadership Team to our central office.  Headteachers from all four schools joined the Executive Team to share updates and discuss school improvement priorities.

We are excited to welcome new team members after half term.  Emma Holgate will be joining the central team as a Finance Officer.  Emma has previously worked at Bowland High.  We are also looking forward to welcoming two new IT Technicians – Zubair and Lewis.

 

As part of the Digital Strategy, the digital leads at the schools have been invited to attend the Canopy Live event in Birmingham. The conference will enhance their understanding of Google workspace tools and network with other professionals.

Next week our schools will be breaking up for half term. It has been a fantastic start to the academic year and we hope everyone has a well-deserved half term break.

ATC News Update 8.10.2021

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ATC News Update 8.10.2021

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This week the petrol crisis continued with the shortage around the country. Across the Trust we have more positive news.

 

On Tuesday we had a Macmillan’s coffee morning hosted in the ATC office.  The morning was a great success with lots of cake! The Trust helped raise money to support a good cause. If you would like to know more information about Macmillan cancer support and how to help raise money  please click the link below:

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

 

Our next awareness event will be Macmillan’s cancer support Sober October. We will be sending out our favourite mocktail recipes on our social media channels and hosting a office mocktail party this month. More details to follow.

 

Bowland High and Witton Park Academy recently hosted there online open event. The events were effective with very positive feed on how they were presented.

 

Zaitoon our Google lead held a webinar based on accessibility with Emma Davis. The webinar focused on using tools with students and training staff. The webinar was very well received.

 

The finance department have been busy working hard to complete month end. This has successfully been completed with the reports and accounts ready to distribute.

 

The IT department have been interviewing the shortlisted candidates this week for the position of IT technician. We would like to thank every who has applied and came to interview.