We’re pleased to announce another year of price freezes, early-bird discounts and the introduction of streamlined academic year contracts for academies. Plus a quick guide to online purchasing.
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Update, Changes to London Grid for Learning Annual Subscription Charges
We are approaching the time of year when the Council should be making preparations for billing you for your London Grid for Learning subscription for email, connectivity, safeguarding software and a range of other schools digital resources.
In recent years the Council has been able to offer to manage the subscription and renewal with LGFL on behalf of all Waltham Forest schools, and to offer a help desk service for minor queries. I am sorry to advise that we are no longer able to do this, Dickon Exton who managed this on our behalf has left the Council and his post is not being replaced.
To avoid any disruption to your service LGfL have put in place arrangements to bill schools directly – as opposed to billing the Council - and we have been assured that the transfer to new arrangements will be seamless. LGfL have also informed us that schools will be benefitting this year from a range of improvements including faster connectivity, improved security as well as enhancements to the web filtering software. Additional software such as Meraki Mobile Device Management and Egress Switch are now also bundled into your subscription which would be very expensive for schools to purchase individually.
LGfL will be in contact with you shortly to ensure a seamless move to direct billing. Dickon is also joining LGfL and will be available to support you through this transition.
We hope that this change of billing arrangement doesn’t cause any undue inconvenience, please contact Michael Rush, Head of Schools Delivery by email or by calling 020 8496 3537 should you need any further assistance.
Butchery and baking - Waltham Forest Cooks’ do it all!
While schools were finishing for half term, Cook Supervisors from over 60 of the borough’s schools came together for the annual Waltham Forest Cook Supervisors’ conference. Hosted at Waltham Forest College, who are well recognized for their Catering qualifications and facilities, Cooks got to take part in a variety of hands-on workshops and sessions through the day including Butchery and Pastry making skills. Coming out of the kitchen were freshly prepared lamb noisettes stuffed with apricot and mint, a variety of quiches and for dessert, individual hand-crafted apple pies.
For those that don’t know, WF Catering Service’s Cooks are already dab hands at baking, producing bread fresh on site at each and every school. Workshops such as these form part of our wider CPD programme for staff, keeping our team up to date on the latest techniques to ensure they’re inspired and equipped to deliver delightful, fresh food to pupils across all of our schools in accordance with our Gold and Silver Food for Life awards. That’s no small accomplishment given they produce upwards of 15,000 meals a day from fresh ingredients!
Need help booking a training course or event?
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The User Guide is deigned to be your first port of call for help in booking training courses and events. In you will find step by step instructions on how to make and pay for a booking, as well some of your frequently asked questions.
Should you have any other questions or queries, or need support with your booking, please use the nady contact details at the beginning of the guide to contact our training providers directly.
Whether it’s developing people’s skills and knowledge through training or bringing colleagues together at an event, our teams deliver training and events that reflect your current needs. Our providers offer a wide range of training courses and events for professionals working with children both within the borough of Waltham Forest and beyond! Training programmes feature courses and events to suit everyone including teachers, school governors, EYP’s and childminders.
We offer bespoke, on demand training events tailored to your requirements, so if you cannot see something you’re looking for please do contact the relevant training provider.
Want to know what upcoming training is available? You can search all of our current training listings here you can even download a copy of our training brochure should you wish to.
For more information on booking training visit our Help and Support page or download a copy of our Customer User Guide.
Need help purchasing packages or services?
Find the answers to your commonly asked questions and more in our brand new Customer User Guide.
In the guide we explain step by step how to purchase our packages and services, how to requests quotes and contact our providers as well as how to run transactions reports.
Download the Purchase User Guide here or visit our Help and Support page for more information.