Traded services to schools

A guide to traded services from Oxfordshire County Council

We provide a wide range of traded support to schools and settings, organised and delivered by teams within OCC.

To make buying in to services easier, quicker and more user friendly, Learning and School Improvement are working with colleagues to bring together all of our traded services to schools. Our aim is to provide you with a single form through which you can book all of the services available via Learning and School Improvement.

Telephone 03300 249046 for enquiries about these traded services.

OPL Training

Oxfordshire Partners in Learning (OPL) is the traded educational improvement service part of the Education and Learning Service. It provides quality CPD and offers to schools, academies and settings. You can search, access and book courses through CPD On-Line system.

How to buy back? 

To subscribe to services for the academic year 2022-23, you will need to complete the Buyback Form 2022-2023 and send it to SchoolsBuyBack@oxfordshire.gov.uk

The deadline for for the form to be returned is 5pm on Friday 29th April 2022.

If we don't receive a buy back form from you by the closing date, we will assume that you will carry on with the same services that you currently have, and your school will be charged accordingly.

Details of the services

Early Years

 

Oxfordshire Early Years supports all early education and childcare providers in Oxfordshire including day nursery and pre-school staff, EYFS, Governors, Headteachers, owners and managers.

The Early Years Online Toolkit provides access to the Early Years online toolkit.

The Standard Package includes free access to the Early Years online toolkit, email and telephone support, access to three briefings a year and regular email updates relating to national and local developments.

The Enhanced Package includes all the features of the Standard Package but includes 12 hours of consultancy visits/support/training. This can include a support visit or training session from an Early Years SEN Inclusion Teacher.

The New Partnership Package provides access to the locked, web-based Oxfordshire EY toolkit and email and telephone support from a named advisor. This also includes three full days of EY briefings a year which are held in your local area or online - these are bespoke and designed for Heads and Governors (1st session); EYFSCOs (2nd session) and Teachers and Support Staff (3rd session).

Available to maintained and Academy schools.

Education Financial Service (EFS)

EFS is committed to helping schools manage their financial activities effectively and efficiently, with the aim of raising school standards.

Available to maintained schools only as a bundle on a rolling subscription.

Education Personnel Services (EPS)

Achieving the best educational outcomes for your school depends on your ability to attract, retain and manage talented teachers and school support staff. Find out more

Available to maintained schools only as a bundle.

Employee Assistance Programme

Provided by Vita Wellbeing, providing a range of support to help staff deal with work based and/or personal problems, (previously known as Staff Care). Read more

Available to academies and maintained schools.

Governor Services

Our core service is free of charge for all Oxfordshire governing boards, both maintained and academies. We provide an advice phoneline, email help desk, online resources, Governor and Clerks’ briefings, one off training events and essential online training. GovernorHub online governance management system is provided to all maintained schools at no charge.

In addition, we provide enhanced training and clerking packages, for which there is a charge:

Governor Training

  • Governor Training – a subscription service providing unlimited access for your governing board to attend all live training sessions provided by Oxfordshire Governor Services during the academic year. Training is booked through GovernorHub, if you have access to it, or by contacting Governor Services via email governorservices@oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0330 029046.
  • Pay as You Go Governor Training is also available (please see Governor Services pages for details)

The Clerking Service

  • The Clerking Service provides your board with a fully trained governance professional (Clerk) to attend and support your governing board and committee meetings. Subscription options are attendance at 6 Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings or 6 FGB meetings with 6 committee meetings. The Clerking Service includes access to GovernorHub as part of the subscription and a full clerk’s training programme
  • Emergency clerking cover for governor meetings is available for non-subscribers at an additional cost
  • Specialist Panel clerking for complaints, exclusions, grievances, HR and disciplinary meetings etc is available for all schools at pay as you go rates
  • Clerks’ Training subscription provides unlimited access to training for all non-Clerking Service clerks.
  • Pay As You Go Clerks’ Training is also available for non-subscribers

More information here

GovernorHub

  • Access to GovernorHub – our recommended online way to manage governing board business. We can offer a reduced subscription rate to local governing boards and trusts who subscribe through Oxfordshire Governor Services Find out more

NB GovernorHub subscription is provided free of charge to all maintained schools

IBC finance

An effective and efficient service for creditor payments, processing income, banking and managing cash. 

Available to maintained schools only as a bundle.

IBC HR

Pay and Contract Support Services provides schools with the tools and support for all pay and employment related administration including new starters, pay changes, absences and salary claims. 

Available to maintained schools only as a bundle.

Insurances

The county council arranges insurance protection for schools to include policies for legal liability, personal accident, transport, buildings and equipment and engineering works. This insurance protects schools against the financial risk of unforeseen events. 

Insurance pricing for 2022-23 is now available to schools. To view your schools insurance cost, please select your school from the drop down list in the this document:​

 

Available to maintained schools only.

Occupational Health

The Occupational Health Service to schools is provided by People Asset Management (PAM). PAM is an experienced public and private sector occupational health and wellbeing specialist, providing services to more than 450,000 employees across the UK. The company has many years of experience working to reduce absence and promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Available to maintained schools

Office 365

This service is no longer available. Schools are advised to follow this guidance.

OXSIT (Oxfordshire Schools Inclusion Team)

The team of OXSIT Inclusion Consultants support leaders in mainstream primary and secondary schools to improve outcomes for learners who are vulnerable to underachievement (SEN, Disadvantaged, EAL, other vulnerable groups), improve inclusive practice and improve engagement in education. OXSIT Inclusion Consultants support the strategic development of inclusive provision in schools with a particular focus on early identification and improving provision for pupils at SEN Support by developing an effective graduated response that improves outcomes for learners. Read more

The Foundation Package includes regular news and updates about local and national developments via monthly newsletters and 3 x Inclusion Briefings a year, remote consultancy provision from a named Inclusion Consultant, plus access to the resources section of the OXSIT website www.oxsit.org.uk

Consultancy Packages include all the features of the Foundation Package alongside bespoke consultancy support in school. Consultants can work with leaders to develop, monitor and improve high quality, inclusive teaching and provision for pupils with SEND across the school, improve and develop SEND systems and processes e.g. provision mapping, Pupil Profiles, the assess, plan, do, review cycle and to develop provision for pupils with SEMH needs and behaviours that challenge and much more. Further details can be found What we offer (oxsit.org.uk) and Oxfordshire School Inclusion Team (OXSIT) - traded offer | Schools These can be purchased as packages of 3, 4, or 6 days of support or as specific packages for particular needs. Read more

Available to academies and maintained schools.

Performance and Information Team

The Performance and Information Team, previously the Data Analysis Team, provides support in the collection, analysis and dissemination of a range of education data. 

As the attainment collections have been cancelled for 2021, this service will not be offered until next year.

Schools Health and Safety

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team assists customers in meeting their statutory responsibilities by providing competent practical advice and guidance to create safe, secure and rewarding environments. 

Available to maintainedAcademy and Converting schools.