HES, the London Borough of Havering’s commercial brand of support services to education establishments, is celebrating making it to the finals of the Education Resources Awards 2021, Supplier of the Year – not for profit category, in recognition of its outstanding support for schools, particularly during Covid-19.
The annual Education Resources Awards (ERA) celebrates the incredible work of suppliers, schools and teachers who are making a positive impact on teaching and learning standards.
With a commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people, HES works in close partnership with schools and early years settings to provide a wide range of high-quality support services, including Pupil and Staff Wellbeing, Catering, HR, Governor, and Curriculum.
This approach meant that HES was able to quickly adapt its services to meet the needs of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that pupils would continue to receive the best possible education despite the disruption.
Throughout Covid-19, the HES team has been working to help alleviate the pressures on schools. During the first national lockdown, HES provided free, virtual services for Subject Leaders in English, Maths, Computing, Science, Early Years and English as an Additional Language, to share best practice and advice.
HES extended this support to every school in the borough for free, highlighting HES’ dedication to supporting all schools in the area through the pandemic.
To help teachers build their confidence with using edtech during remote learning, HES further provided its partner schools with one year’s free access to an ICT online Continuing Professional Development package. This includes bite-size training videos which equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively in their lessons.
The HES team also launched a Health and Wellbeing Week during the second lockdown to help children cope with the changes in their routines. This involved a walking challenge bingo event as well as fitness activities, games and certificates for children, to promote healthy lifestyle and mental wellbeing habits.
Trevor Cook, Assistant Director for Education Services (HES), said:
“It has been a challenging year for teachers, pupils and parents during Covid-19, which is why we’ve been working closely with schools to help them to continue delivering the best possible teaching and learning for pupils, at home or in the classroom. Shifting our services online and tailoring these to the unique requirements of our schools, and ensuring that teachers could continue to access training and share best practice, was key to our approach. We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the Supplier of the Year – not for profit. This could not have been achieved without the talented and hardworking individuals in each of our support services’ teams.”
The Education Resource Awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding excellence in education trade. The winning organisations were announced at the Education Resources Awards via a virtual event on Friday 21 May.