Cyber Criminals and Your School

The number of cyber attacks on schools has increased in the last few weeks. These attacks often take the form of a ransomeware attack. Ransomeware is a type of computer virus that corrupts, threatens to destory or locks you out of your school data until a ransome has been paid. Paying the ransome might not result in the safe return of your data and may even identify you as a profitable target for future attacks.

Ransomware attacks can have a devastating impact on organisations, with victims requiring a significant amount of recovery time to reinstate critical services. These events can also be high profile in nature, with wide public and media interest. In recent incidents affecting the education sector, ransomware has led to the loss of student coursework, school financial records, as well as data relating to COVID-19 testing.

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has produced a number of practical resources to help schools and other educational institutions improve their cyber security. The resources and further guidance can be found in this week's updated guidance.

 

Win £15,000 to solve an educational issue

Applications for the 2021 Fair Education Alliance Innovation Award are now open!

The Fair Education Alliance will award up to five individuals £15,000 and a year-long programme of support to help them solve entrenched issues in our education system. If you have an idea to make education fair, attend their Workshop on 18th March and find out more and apply here.

You can also join the Fair Education Impact Festival between 20-29 April for interactive sessions to develop your initiative. This free festival will help develop your skills, knowledge and networks to power up your initiative and connect you with hundreds of other innovators in education. Sign up for the Fair Education Impact Festival here

Teaching Computing Remotely

The NCCE (National Centre for Computer Education) provides everything you need to teach computing at key stages 1 to 4, including lesson plans, slides, worksheets, homework and assessment.

NCCE lesson resources

All of the content is completely free to access, and has been created by subject experts, based on the latest pedagogical research and teacher feedback. It also provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills, and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks we call learning graphs. You can get an overall view of progression using our curriculum journey poster, or download our individual key stage curriculum maps for more detail.

E2BN supports Safer Internet Day 2021

We are delighted to announce our support for Safer Internet Day 2021.

Faced with a deluge of misinformation, scams and fake news, conspiracy theories and frauds, we all need to know more about how to be discerning in who and what we read, follow and believe. We are very pleased that this year the campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. 

Safer Internet Day 2021 takes place on Tuesday 9th February

If you have something amazing planned for SID 2021 let everyone know by registering your school as a Safer Internet Day Supporter

If you are keen to 'do something' with your pupils on the day but need some ideas or resources check out the wealth of free, practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day  including; films, lesson plans, assemblies, quick activities and more provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

 

Young People and the Dark Web

CEOP are currently working with The Children’s Society and Marie Collins Foundation to find out more about young people’s experiences using the dark web, and how they can be protected from encountering the associated risks.

To learn more about the extent of young people’s experiences using the dark web, we want to hear from all professionals working with 11 to 18 year olds. This includes those without prior knowledge or experiences of young people using the dark web.

The survey should take roughly 10 minutes to complete and will close on Friday 22 January 2021.

Thank you for your input.

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