Posted on July 8, 2020 by Georgina Rowlands in SIMS.
Families will face increased pressure on household budgets over the coming months. That is why the DfE are launching a Covid Summer Food Fund which will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period.
The payments for the Covid Summer Food Fund will be met centrally by DfE and is in addition to the free school meals national voucher scheme. It is designed to support children who usually receive benefits-related free school meals. The scheme will offer a £90 voucher for the standard school summer holiday. If your school’s summer holiday lasts 7 full weeks (rather than 6), you can increase the voucher amount per child from £90 to £105.
Before ordering vouchers:
- If you have not yet activated your Edenred account, you will need to do so
- Check which pupils are eligible and in receipt of benefits-related free school meals
- Check that you have included orders for all eligible children and that you have entered correct email addresses for their parents or carers
- You must order the voucher at least one week before your school term ends
You must ensure that there is no duplication or overlap between Covid Summer Food Fund vouchers and any vouchers that you have ordered to cover free school meals during the summer term.
For more information on the scheme please see the link below and order your vouchers today!
If you require any assistance please call us on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or email MISservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk
Posted on June 15, 2020 by Georgina Rowlands in SIMS.
A helping hand for the daily SAGE form
Temporary attendance codes have been made available in Capita SIMS to help schools report back to the DfE.
See our latest MIS blog for more information.
Posted on June 12, 2020 by Marcus Peedell in Finance.
Updated Academies Chart of Accounts
An updated chart of accounts has been released for Academies by the Department for Education for use in the academic year 2020/21. This includes a small amount of changes to the previous set released in May 2019.
See our latest finance blog for more information.
Posted on April 21, 2020 by Laura Bagnall in SIMS.
Summer Census is cancelled!
To help reduce the burden on educational and care settings, the DfE have cancelled the Summer Census for 2020.
See our latest MIS blog for details.
Posted on April 16, 2020 by Marcus Peedell in Finance.
Coronavirus financial support available
The Department for Education (DfE) has provided guidance on a financial support plan running until the end of the 2019/20 summer term allowing the schools to focus on the vital part they are playing at this difficult time.
See our latest Finance & Business blog for details.
Posted on April 6, 2020 by Jeff Eden in Finance.
The Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF): A funding opportunity from the DfE to grow your school or Trust
The next round of Trust Capacity Fund has been announced and will open to applicants on April 6th.
See our latest Finance blog for more details.
Posted on May 23, 2019 by MIS Service Desk in SIMS.
Prior Attainment Banding (Advice from ASCL)
In the absence of official guidance from the DfE around the Prior Attainment Banding information for cohorts with scaled scores, ASCL have provided a suggested course of action.
For further details see our recent blog post.
Posted on April 11, 2019 by Fran Cutter in SBS Online.
DfE to fund Teacher Pension increase
The government has announced that the Teacher Pension employer contributions increase will be funded.
SBS Online users can manage this change to their budget in their planners.
See our blog to find out more.
Posted on January 11, 2019 by MIS Service Desk in SIMS.
Migrate your Secure Access account to DfE Sign-in
It has been brought to our attention that number of schools are having issues with logging in to DfE secure access.
Please view our recent blog for further details on how to migrate your Secure Access account.
Posted on January 9, 2019 by MIS Service Desk in SIMS.
School census 2018 to 2019
Please note: This is a repeat blog
The DfE has decided that there is no longer a requirement to collect three items in future census’s.
Please view our recent blog for further details of these new requirements.