Check out our new Traded Services brochure detailing all the services we deliver
Have you dowloaded your Bespoke Brochure? See our 3 step guide
To download your version, click the link here (it is also available in attached content)
So you can see all the services available to you in as clear a way as possible, we have recently completely updated the Bespoke Brochure to be more organised, accessible and easy to use!
Bespoke Brochures contain all of the Contracts, Services & Products available to you as a school with all the prices and offers laid out clearly. It is also easy to download and print!
Introducing... The Store
We are very excited to announce that some great new improvements are coming to GCCPlus, the schools ordering system from Gloucestershire County Council, with the addition of ‘The Store’.
What is the store?
The Store is a complete reimagining of you, the customer’s, buying experience. Similar to many other e-commerce websites, there is a much greater emphasis on the products themselves and in best allowing you to see and understand the services you are buying. We think you are going to like what you see.
What will the store look like?
As a basic overview, we have created the a two-sided poster attached to this articles; for those viewing this in email form, click the article heading to go through to the online article. The poster features screenshots and explanations of some of the most prominent changes and additions. Please note, these screenshots were provided by our website supplier so they won’t exactly match the content or style we have with GCCPlus but are a good first visual.
When will the store upgrade be happening?
The upgrade will occur July 28th. This is the first time we will see the upgraded in it's entirety so we will be working hard to release information to you as soon as we can.
What does this mean for you?
For academy sites or schools in current buy-back, the look and feel of the system will be slightly different to what you are used to so you may want to consider buying your services before the upgrade happens. Please note Buy-back period for 2019-20 will close on September 20th.
However, these changes are nothing to worry about and, in fact, something to get excited about! The changes will all be very comprehensive and if you have any experience with other e-commerce websites like Amazon you will quickly catch-on to the layout and flow of The Store.
As well, we will be releasing during August & September, a whole suite of great content and guidance including our our new GCCPlus Brochure and new Guidance Videos for all things ‘The Store and more’. These videos will be ‘how to’ videos which will show you step by step how to navigate your way round the changes.
And, as always, we will be on hand at GCCPlusSupport@Gloucestershire.gov.uk to answer any queries you may have.
We hope you are excited about the new changes as we are and we thank you for your continued support!
What you need to know about changes coming to GCCPlus Systems support…
GCCPlus is coming under a new owner!
Previously, you may have rung ContactUs on 01452 425888 for system queries. From April 1st, the system will be maintained within the Traded Services Team by Alex.
So who should you contact now…
From now on, any queries in regard to the operation of GCCPlus should be sent through to our inbox at GCCPlusSupport@gloucestershire.gov.uk. We aim to respond to all queries within 2 hours but, if not, within one working day.
Alternately, for urgent enquiries, you can call us on 01452 583494
What are the changes to the national pay spine?
The recent national pay agreement for the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services (generally known as the ‘Green Book’) was a two-year pay award for 2018-19 and 2019-20. The first year of the award has already been implemented (through the pay increases that were effective from April 2018).The second year of this award, which is effective from April 2019, involves a more fundamental change to the national pay spine. These changes include:
Amalgamating current pay points 6 to 17 into some of the new pay points 1 to 6
Increasing the lowest pay point to £9 per hour so that it exceeds the new statutory national living wage
What does this mean for my school (If your school proposes to follow the Green Book conditions of service)?
From September, there will be a new structure for staff which comprises 11 new grades with no overlaps. To assist with your budgeting, you can click on the calculator (attached) to see how this affects certain grades.