Have your say on the proposed school holiday pattern changes for 2021-22!
Doncaster Council are consulting on new proposal for changes to the 2021-22 School Holiday Pattern. There are lots of reasons to look at changing our school holiday patterns, and we know that for parents this is an incredibly important issue. We are looking for the views of parents/guardians, schools and others to help us choose the right school holiday pattern for Doncaster.
These changes will affect the schools we are currently responsible for, but Academies and Church Schools who set their own school holiday pattern, are encouraged to use the same one.
We want to hear your views on the FOUR OPTIONS below.
OPTION 1 - We keep the existing school holiday pattern
OPTION 2 - We introduce a fixed Easter break
OPTION 3 - We introduce a fixed Easter break with a two-week October half term and a five-week summer holiday, breaking up a week later than usual in July
OPTION 4 - We introduce a fixed Easter break with a two-week October half term and a five-week summer holiday, with pupils returning to school a week earlier, in August
The closing date for responses is Friday 13 March 2020.
Please follow the link below to share your views on the options available:
New 2020/21 offer - get your digital brochure!
Buy Doncaster are pleased to be launching their 20/21 Contracts and Services. Please see attached the digital brochure of this years offer. You’ll notice that the website looks a little bit different this year as we have launched ‘The Store’ which has a number of exciting developments that have resulted from your feedback.
You should find all the Contracts, Services and Products that you require by searching in ‘The Store’.
The Store can be accessed via the Store Tab on the website. If you are looking to book training, you can access this via the ‘Training’ tab as normal.
You will see a number of other changes this year including:
1. Learning Futures
A single front door for all your School’s Learning Improvement needs.
The aim of the Learning Futures offer is to support Learning Improvement within Schools and Early Years providers and will include a range of contracts, services, training and products. It is then up to customers to shape their own offer, building a bespoke offer to meet their organisation’s needs.
All services included in the Learning Futures offer can now be located under the Learning Futures provider or simply search what you are looking for in the ‘The Store’.
Please see the Learning Futures section of the attached brochure for all the new services.
2. Contract Changes
In response to requests from schools, we will be introducing rolling contracts for many of our services in 2020-21. We are aware that the majority of our schools purchase similar services each year and our providers work hard to ensure prices fluctuate as little as possible.
Rolling contracts will help to ensure that schools easily access key services every year. We will be providing lots of support to Schools opting into rolling contracts and will include user guides and videos on our Help and Support Page.
A number of academic year contracts for academies, to better align with their financial year.
Based on your feedback from previous years, we are now pleased to offer many of our service contracts on an academic year basis. Many services will now be purchasable on either a fiscal year (April 2020 – March 2021) or on an academic year (Sept 2020 – August 2021).
If you are already receiving the service on a fiscal year and are wanting to transition onto an academic year then you will need to purchase the following;
Purchase the 5 month contract that is setup for that service
Purchase the 12 month contract that is also setup for that service on an academic year.
(Charges will be kept separate between the 2 types of contracts)
Help and Support
If all of this seems like a lot of new information to take in, don’t worry!
We are offering visits to Schools and Academies to discuss your buyback requirements for 20/21. We are also happy to attend any local
network meetings, pyramid meetings etc. that you may have planned. To arrange a visit, please contact email@example.com.
We are also in the process of updating our Help and Support Page - http://buy.doncaster.gov.uk/help where you can find our latest user
guides and videos to support you in using the website.
As always, should you need any support, please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01302
*Please help us keep your account up to date by providing us with you up-to-date email addresses. To update your details, please drop us an email.*
Pupils Needed - Improving the Environment Discussion
Doncaster Council's Partnership and Engagement team and Junior Civic Mayor would like to invite local primary school children to attend our first Primary Network Conference.
We would like 2 pupil representatives from local primary schools to attend the meeting with a teacher.
We want to work to 'Improve the Environment' together so that we can make a real difference to our Borough!
When: Friday 6th March 2020
Where: Bentley MyPlace.
To book on please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/primary-network-conference-tickets-92362848767
Would you like to volunteer as a school appeals panel member?
We are looking for parents who would be able to sit on admission appeal panels to hear appeals from parents and guardians where their child has been unable to secure a place at their preferred school.
Full training will be provided, travel expenses are paid and we ask that panel members commit to four days at year.
For further information, please see the attached or contact Legal services at Doncaster Council on 01302 734699
NEW - Introducing Card Payments
Card Payments - Training Bookings
From the 1st January 2020 we will be making some changes to how payments are made for training courses.
All childminders and external organisations will be expected to pay for any training course bookings made from the 1st January onwards online via card. A payment will be required within 48 hours to secure the booking.
All schools, academies and internal teams will continue to be charged in the usual way.
How to make a payment;
1. Go to this link (Doncaster Council - Pay for It)
2. Select the following;
Sales Invoices > Other Payments > Buy Doncaster > Buy Doncaster Training Payments
3. Input the following;
Event Date - (dd/mm/yyyy)
Organisation Name - (name registered on Buy Doncaster)
Event Code - (please find in booking confirmation email)
Amount - (please find price on training course page)
4. Make a payment - (please keep a record of your receipt)
1. Refunds will be processed back to the card in line with the cancellation policy.
2. In order for a refund to be processed the cancellation must be made through the system.
If you are having any technical difficulties or have any issues please contact the Buy Doncaster Team on 01302 735526 or email@example.com
Buy Doncaster Team