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Insurance Policy

What do we offer?

We provide a range of services to meet the insurance needs of LA maintained schools in Swindon.

Please note that due to Central Government rules, we are unable to provide any insurance cover for academies. Any school that becomes an academy during the year will be required to make their own arrangements for insurance and any cover in place through the Council will cease on the date of transfer. 

We will provide advice on

  • insurance – specialist support and advice on issues of insurance, including liaison with external providers as appropriate to ensure efficient and economic placing of cover. 

  • advice on insurance issues, insurance cover and requirements with particular reference to potential areas of liability.

  • claims handling – to provide an efficient and effective claims handling service to schools including liaison with external loss adjusters and insurers when appropriate. 

  • additional services - additional covers may be purchased for your schools including comprehensive motor insurance, school travel insurance.

Safer Schools App

Additionally, our insurance company Zurich Municipal have partnered with The Ineqe Safeguarding Group to develop an app which provides access to the latest safeguarding resources.

Swindon Borough Council LA Maintained schools can now download and access the "Safer Schools" app at no additional cost.

Schools can now obtain practical guidance and training on how to deal with the latest social media risks, such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online gaming.

The app has been designed to empower pupils, provide guidance to parents and carers.

Included in the app:

• Cost effective training, saving on average £2,500 per school

• Resources and advice on how to stay safer online, with relevant age content

• Guidance on how to block, report and set safety settings via an Online Safety Centre

• CPD accredited training courses for staff, along with digital tests for parents and pupils

• The ability to reach children and parents with key messages via push notifications  

LA Maintained schools will shortly receive their schools username and password, enabling access to these resources.

In the meantime, schools can register for an exclusive webinar. To download the app, please follow this link: Zurich Municipal - Safer Schools App

Why choose us?

All queries are handled efficiently and generally within 24-36 hours (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays), by experienced staff who understand the specific insurance needs of schools.

What is provided free?

This is a wholly traded service to LA maintained schools only, and there are no free elements.

What is chargeable?

All services detailed are chargeable.

How the service can be provided / length of agreement

The agreement is renewable annually and delivered from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.  

 

Contact Point

Claire Thompson, Insurance Manager
Telephone:  07557 541773
Email:         clthompson@swindon.gov.uk

Katrina Schofield, Insurance and Claims Officer
Telephone:  07973 942188
Email:         kschofield@swindon.gov.uk

 

Costs

There is an excess of £500 applicable in respect of each and every claim.

Charges are set each year following disclosure of PLASC forms returned by the LA and the analysis of claims.

A further charge is made for those schools that require insurance for minibuses/School Travel & Personal Accident Cover.