It's been a busy year so far.
Schools opt for Soltech IT
Since the turn of the year, 13 new primary schools have selected Soltech IT as their ICT support provider of choice.
Already these schools are reducing their ICT expenditure, applying for, and gaining grant funding with our help.
Computing Curriculum Loan Boxes
Schools are reaping the rewards of our curriculum loan boxes which are full of gadgets, games and apps designed to meet the needs of the new computing curriculum.
The schools we support have now gained in excess of £120,000 of grant funding since September 2014 and we are confident of hitting our target of gaining more than £200,000 of funding for our schools by the end of the school year in July.
With our help, schools have also benefitted from other initiatives this year, such as, free Raspberry Pi's, free trees for schools, free solar panels, free cereal for breakfast clubs and much more....
Since the begining of January we have donated 150 education 'Yobot' robots to schools throughout, BANES, North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset.
In April we will continue our 'giving back to schools campaign' by donating a choice of Yobots, Apple TV's or Tablet PC's to the schools we support.
By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support."Founding Director Richard Sheppard commented, "The 11th November is a day close to all our hearts and we are proud to support The Poppy Appeal and remember those who have served our country, and those who have lost their lives."
As an accredited Living Wage employer, we are thrilled to welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5th-11th 2017).
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:
Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees over 430 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 26,000 school children each day, over 5 million each year!!!
The Greggs Foundation receives funding from a range of partners, often private sector companies including their major partner, Greggs plc.
Greggs Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. They also make a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.
This approach tends to be very well received by our breakfast club schools, many of whom have worked in partnership with Greggs for over fifteen years. Schools tell us that they like the flexibility of the model, allowing them to tailor their club to suit the needs of the children that attend.The average club costs just £2,000 to set up and run for a year.