A short animated film has been produced in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council which explains to our schools how new apprenticeships work and how funding is available to them. Please view the film here.
West Sussex Apprenticeships
Have you thought about how apprenticeships could work for your school?
Apprenticeship training is for existing employees as well as new recruits. The Apprenticeship Resource pages here have been fully updated to inform you about what opportunities are available.
Senior Leadership Education Degree Apprenticeship
September saw our first school leaders start the new Level 7 Senior Educational Leadership apprenticeship with the University of Portsmouth. They joined another 70 learners from schools in Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Portsmouth.
Due to high demand they are offering a programme commencing April 2019.
The programme, which costs £21,000 is fully funded through the WSCC Apprenticeship digital fund.
To find out more see the attached flyer or contact Elizabeth Flegg.
Training Courses now available to book via WSSfS
As we regularly have feedback on the challenges that schools face using our current training platform, we have been exploring the options of managing training for courses via West Sussex Services for Schools.
To take this forward, in July of this year we ran a small pilot with a number of schools and are pleased to announce that our new training portal is now active at the following link:
This area of the site will allow you to:
Search for and view details of courses being run by the School Effectiveness team;
Book places on courses for yourself or members of your school;
Read pre course material, where relevant;
Track training spend alongside SLA packages and service spend
…and much more to come.
Currently EVC courses being run by our Learning Outside the Classroom team, as well as DSL Training from our Safeguarding in Education team are available to view and request places for, with many more being introduced over the coming months.
It is anticipated that this area of the site will grow and courses which are currently being advertised on the Learning Gateway will transfer over to WSSfS. We will still need to use both systems whilst we are migrating courses over to WSSfS, but we anticipate this being complete by the end of August 2019 and apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause.
Guides on how to use the system have been added to our newly updated User Guides page here:
Those staff members with General Access to the site will be able to book themselves on any course, which will then need to be authorised by someone in school who has either Purchaser access or the new access rights group called General Access - Training Management, This new level of access enables users in school to take control of training bookings for all staff, including authorising bookings without the need for Purchasers to carry it out. Please refer the user guides at the above link for more details as well as instructions on how to allocate this access to school staff.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at:
If you would like one of our team to come and visit your cluster/locality group and demonstrate how to use this area of the system, or any other part of WSSfS, please do let us know.
Don’t forget our event at County Hall North in Horsham on the 21st November where we will be happy to give you a demonstration on this, or any other aspect of the system.
Gigabit broadband for schools
World-class internet speeds for schools are becoming available in West Sussex.
Local authorities in West Sussex are working together to future proof our public sector estate with full fibre infrastructure ready to meet anticipated public service needs. New network is being built in key urban locations to selected public sector buildings.
We are working with CityFibre and their partners (Exa) to build new gigabit-capable broadband to future proof our schools` connectivity.
Gigabit-capable broadband can supercharge delivery of e-learning initiatives and empower our schoolchildren to learn the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future.
The build of the Gigabit network has started already or will start very soon in the following areas:
Schools already contracting with a broadband service provider can still apply for a discounted "Darklight" package offer with Exa Networks if their current contract has twelve months or less to run.
This time limited offer is open to only 80 West Sussex schools at this stage whilst the network is being built so please register your interest with Exa by the end of November 2018
For more information and to register your interest:
0345 145 1234
If your school is not near the Gigabit network you may still be able to get a better connection if you partner with neighbouring businesses by registering for the Gigabit broadband voucher scheme.
Free online resources for students and teachers