DfE changes to KCSiE

The new version of the DfE’s statutory safeguarding guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education” was released on the 17th June. It comes into effect on the 1st September, so it is important that designated safeguarding leads and governors know what changes have been made.

Some of those changes include:

Covid-19

Mental Health

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

Online safety

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The following places offer detailed break down of the changes:

Andre Hall’s video

Becki Avery’s blog from the Education People, formally Kent County Council

LGfL Digisafe’s  blog

Parents - Scare or Prepare?

Periodically, we all recieve warnings about 'bad stuff' happening on the Internet. Our first instinct is to then pass that warning on to our friends, colleagues, pupils and children. And when the warning comes from an official source it almost seems as if its our duty to inform as many people as possible. But should we be doing this?

Mark Bentley, our Online Safety colleague at LGfL has written a really useful blog post (about the dangers of sharing hoax online safety news stories and how to respond next time someone asks you to do so. There's also a great poster to use with your class when they get back in September.

Other Useful Links

 

Cyber Security for Schools and Governors

Whilst schools and academies are in many ways unique organisations they do share an important similiarity with businesses, charities, the health service and indeed private individuals.  That is, they are potential victimes of cyber crime. Schools are no more and less likely to suffer a cyber attack than any other internet using organisation. The cyber criminal makes no moral distinction between ripping off a multi-million pound plc and a charity; between disrupting the stock market and stopping your exams officer submitting candidate details. In most cases, they are using a scattergun approach - if they fire at enough targets they will inevitably hit some. 

What makes a school or academy a more or less likely to suffer a data breach or randsomware attack is the organisation's start of preparedness and its ability to respond in an appropriate manner. And although technical safeguards such as a secure firewall and software updates are important, a lot of a school's defence comes from good organisational practice and awareness raising.

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) and NEN have put together a set of advice and guidance for schools, academies and trusts on how to improve cyber security, how to reduce the risk of data breaches and what to do if the worst happens.

Guidance for Governing Bodies is a short document to help start a converstaion between Governors and senior leadership teams

NEN Cyber Security Advice includes the 'What if' document that provides more detail on how to prepare for and respond to an incident  and the 'Cyber Security Checklist' that will help you audit your school's current state of cyber readiness and collate essential information.

What Really Happened Online During Lock Down?

As we begin to struggle back to some resemblance of normality and look towards fully opened schools in the autumn it is perhaps time to take a few minutes to consider what has just happened. For many people the pandemic was the first time that they have ever found themselves truly reliant on technology for such basic human needs such as food, company, work or education. And for some schools, online learning was a Godsend. It enabled staff to keep in touch with pupils, it provided parents support with hone-schooling and it gave many pupils a life line to trusted adults and the reassurance that they and their education were still importance.

We think that many of you will have done great things for your pupils during lock down and found creative ways to make the most of the technology you had available. We'd like to celebrate those things and share those fantastic ideas. Please no false modesty here - whether you kept your year 4's or you GCSE history class online and learning during the lockdown you did a great thing. Please let us know about it by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help others learn from your experience.

You might also want to find out how your pupils felt about online learning. Our friends at LGfL have created a short questionnaire that you might like to use with your pupils.

We aren't asking you to share this information with us. However, if you think that your results highlight an important lesson that others could benefit from hearing about, again please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your contributions will be used anonymously.

And for a bit of a bigger picture about online learning in the time of coronavirus please read the Sutton Trust report. It highlights some really important points about technology, social mobility and the digital divide.

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