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'Alarming' rise in teacher assaults across Cardiff schools including three attacks

By Eira Culverwell  Nov 19th, 2015 

No One Takes Physical Force Seriously Unless Someone Gets Seriously Injured or Killed

In the recent Wales online post there is an increasing rise in assaults across Cardiff Schools. 


Who is responsible for your positive handling course?... has it failed you?

Recent post by a professional trainer: "Shocking that schools are still using "basket holds" and are relying on the training provider to tell them that they are safe because - they call them by a different name!!
Those not familiar with what a wrap or a basket hold is it's when a child's arms are crossed and held across their body. All guidance points to avoiding this yet the practice still exists."

Our accredited centre NPFS ltd  wrote to Xxxxx Xxxx Xxxxx Council about their decision to use a particular provider and the correspondence and some additional information can be seen below. 

I am requesting information as to how and why the decision not to use any other training providers and only to use Xxxx Xxxxx training has been decided. I am requesting this information as we have correspondence from the Education Secretary's Department that the choice to use a training provider or to adopt a specific system of training is at the discretion of the Head Teacher of each school who are also accountable and liable for such decisions. As Xxxxx Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx have made it a mandatory decision to use only one training provider I would like to know how that decision was reached considering that the training provider in question does not offer training to a recognised National Vocational Standard via any Educational Awarding Body?

The Council's Response:

"In response to your question, the decision to use “Xxxx Xxxxx” is at the discretion of the Head Teacher of the school. The Head Teachers are advised that “Xxxx Xxxxx” is the preferred supplier of the council but are also advised that other suppliers are also available.

The suppliers can become "preferred" in a number of ways. For example, your organisation may have used them before, they may have approached you or your technical colleagues with background on their proposition, they may have been a previously unsuccessful tenderer, or they may have been recommended by a similar organisation. The term preferred supplier does not in itself guarantee a level of business, but instead should be thought of as a guide to your thinking when considering a sourcing strategy. 

To help with context, the strategic sourcing of suppliers can progress from "arm's length" at its most distant, through to "vertical integration" at the most interlocking. Within this spectrum, preferred supplier is really just the next step along from arm's length and therefore relatively non-strategic.

Preferred supplier arrangements should be beneficial to the organisation. They should not materially increase the costs or reduce the benefits to internal stakeholders. 

One approach to preferred supplier agreements is to identify categories with the potential for developing such arrangements, initiate data mining, determine the resource requirements, and conduct a risk assessment and extensive stakeholder consultation exercise. Should the benefits of moving to the next phase still seem attractive, a tendering exercise using cross-functional teams can then be initiated following the appropriate legislative guidelines.

Do your Due Diligence!

It is a good document to work to as if you do you will be able to demonstrate that you have undertaken a formerly structured process of due diligence in how you came to choose your training provider.

We have attached a check list/due diligence and a cost comparison document  that shows the benefits of using our training 

Postive Handling Course Comparison.pdf

Checklist for Commissioners of Training 2015-2.doc

Within the public sector, which has to adhere to competition controls imposed by the European Union, a preferred supplier can only provide goods or services for the customer after a formal contract award. The contract award process is dependent on the level of spending, but even in this area it makes sense to concentrate on a smaller number of preferred suppliers, particularly when an organisation has systematically tested the performance of targeted suppliers through structured appraisal, evaluation and regular benchmarking on price and performance

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