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Multi-Agency Safeguarding
WSP/WSAB Multi Agency Safeguarding Training
Warrington Multi Agency Safeguarding Training

Warrington Safeguarding Partnership (WSP) and Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) are pleased to offer a programme of multi-agency training. Th...

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The Complex World of VAT
07 Nov
HOT OFF THE PRESS !! We are now aware that HMRC are targeting academies with regards to VAT Compliance. They are visiting academies and inspecting Indirect Tax records. Some academies have been found to have fallen foul of complex VAT rules. The result of this is academies are being hit with VAT assessments and penalties. This is a consequence of the recent budget announcement concerning the Corporate Criminal Offence (CCO). It is therefore now imperative that academies serious consider their VAT affairs. VAT is a complex area which presents a serious for all types of businesses. The tax regime has become more complex over recent years and with it the potential for harsher penalties. The councils VAT service provides access to advice, guidance and training with regard to VAT legislation affecting Academies. We can support you with all aspects of VAT and offer you the peace of mind that you are up to date with your VAT affairs. Benefits * Assurance that you do not fall foul of the VAT penalty regime introduced in 2009 * Peace of mind that your VAT affairs are in order * Access to a VAT specialist with over 40 years experience in this area Due to the recent surge in interest by HMRC our VAT Expert Maurice Willis is offering an initial review for a fixed fee. The VAT Advice and Guidance service offers: - Support in completing VAT returns - Early advice and guidance on VAT matters - Timely updates on changes to VAT legislation - VAT training Advice is only provided by our VAT officer who was a HMRC VAT inspector for several years and following that several years experience with national firms of accountants thereby broadening his experience of all types of VAT issues. Maurice holds a professional VAT qualification (AIIT) which is compliant with VAT statutory requirements and professional standards. For the past eight years he has been providing VAT advice to various local authorities. Please contact Maurice Willis to arrange an initial appointment:
EYFS Agreement and Trialling Sessions
04 Nov
Agreement and trialling sessions will be held on 11 and 12 February 2020 at St Margaret's Smile Centre. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session on each of these dates. The venue only holds a limited number of people so it is important that you secure a place through booking on my school services. The sessions will allow practitioners to discuss their assessments and judgements about children, in order to ensure consistency across each school. The focus will be on the Early Learning Goals (ELG) Communication and Language (listening & attention, speaking, understanding) and Mathematics (numbers, shape, space & measure). The course aims to: * Standardise EYFS Profile judgements with other practitioners * Share examples of effective practice and understand the national exemplification materials * Share Local and National updates about the EYFS Profile
Consultation on Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms
31 Oct
This consultation seeks views on changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS).
Wise Up Awards - Now open!
29 Oct
Dear All Wise Up! School Awards 2019-20 is officially live and running following a very successful launch event last week. Download the questionnaire You can find all of the information you need via Speak Up or the Warrington Borough Council web site. This includes a welcome letter with teachers and pupils guidance notes and the questionnaire to complete. Completing online If you prefer you can complete the form through the online portal where you can attach evidence of initiatives and activities that you have undertaken. There is also a ‘save and continue’ option should you wish to go back at a later date to complete. The school will also receive a copy of the completed application. The main thing to understand is that this is about celebrating the work that you do all year round to tackle bullying and raise awareness of hate crime and to celebrate diversity. 18 December 2019 is the deadline for the return of questionnaires. If you need any further information please contact Pip Horne The Wise Up Awards celebrate schools in Warrington who work to help stop bullying and hate crime, and to make sure it gets reported if it happens. They take place every year. Wise Up is run by Warrington Speak Up on behalf of the Warrington Hate Crime and Incident Partnership Board and is supported by Cheshire Constabulary. To find out more about Wise Up please visit
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Training & Events

13 Nov
Basic Suicide Prevention
The training is three and a half hours long and covers: • what can make people vulnerable to suicide • warning signs to look out for • how to ask people whether they’re thinking about suicide • protective factors • recognising risk • getting help and support The session involves a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs. Handouts are provided after the training in electronic format. The session concentrates on adults (rather than children and young people). This isn’t a therapeutic session, it’s a practical, structured training session, which offers techniques and information to enable people to feel more confident to intervene, if they think someone is suicidal. We know that at times people can find suicide prevention training difficult because of personal experiences. The training might stir up difficult feelings for some people, so we ask people to consider this and to choose a time to attend when they feel able to manage any difficult feelings that may arise for them. Information about support for people who feel suicidal, or who have been bereaved by suicide can be found on
13 Nov
CAMHS - Understanding and Managing Low Mood
This course is designed to give you a greater understanding of low mood and help you feel more confident managing this within the school setting. We will focus on CBT based skills to help children and young people manage low mood within school. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment for anxiety and low mood. It focuses on identifying negative and unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that might be contributing to how a young person is feeling, and offers strategies help manage these.
13 Nov
Identify & Manage Stress in Your Team
Course Content: • stress – recognising it - defining stress - stress v pressure - why stress occurs - symptoms & causes - management competencies • stress – an organisational issue - how stress impacts on the Council - workplace stress and the law - HSE standards for risk assessing work related • stress - responsibilities - key skills for managers • introduction to resilience
13 Nov
Positive Thoughts
• To identify what stress is and how this can impact us • To examine stress reactions and what triggers affect us • To review options available when seeking to reduce stress and how to look after oneself emotionally and physically • Practise methods of relaxation • To investigate how to keep well and support on-going good emotional and physical health