Schools wanted for Times Table trials

The Standards and Testing Agency is looking for schools to trial the new times tables test that will be statutory for all Year 4 pupils from 2020 The STA is particularly interested in working with schools with a high proportion of SEND pupils or with intermittent broadband in order to test accessibility. To get involved in the trial please see the STA's development update


Fraudsters Target Schools

This problem isn't a new one but it seems that schools are facing renewed and sophisticated attempts to obtain large amounts of money through online scams.

Here is a recent example which might help you know what to look out for: A school bursar received an email apparently from the Headteacher asking for an urgent supplier payment to be made. The senders email address was ‘spoofed’ to appear genuine, and after some email correspondence regarding the transfer the Bursar went into the school during half term to establish why this payment needed to be made. The fraud was only identified by the bursar after finally reaching the Headteacher by telephone, who knew nothing of the request.

There is an increase in the volume and sophistication of such attempts which are often targeting individuals using correct names and ‘spoofed’ email addresses making the request seem extremely plausible.

If you suspect an attempt at fraud you should report it to your ISP and to Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting centre.


Introduction to Coding - 3 October 2018 - FULL

If you are a complete beginner when it comes to coding or you are struggling to find interesting coding projects this one day course could be perfect.

We'll work out what the Computing curriculum requires, explore a range of coding activities, investigate the micro:bit and share some useful resources. We'll also consider how to develop coding activities that support less able pupils and extend those that seem to know more than we do! They'll be some quick wins and interesting 'hacks'.

No previous experience necessary.

Audience: KS2 teachers who love, hate or are afraid of coding! Computing/ICT leads looking for ways to help colleagues get to grip with coding.

Please note: This will be a hands-on, practical day. You will be writing and debugging short computer programmes using Scratch and/or similar blocky coding languages.  



CAS National Conference

This year is the 10th anniversary of the CAS National Conference and it promises to be a great event. It takes place in Birmingham on Friday 15th June and Saturday 16th June 2018.

It will a celebration of all things CAS with a range of inspiring plenaries and classroom-based workshops for both Primary and Secondary teachers of Computing.

The conference will be a time to reflect, a time to look forward and a time to recharge the batteries, with new ideas and resources from experienced colleagues.The CAS conference is a great way to experience all that the CAS community has to offer. For full details and to book, visit here.

GDPR - Ignorance is no defence

By now, all staff and not just the senior team, are fully aware of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
and it's potential impact. There's been a certain amount of scare-mongering going on, from talk of vast fines for minor breaches to schools being unable to keep the contact details for parents. Some of this rhetoric may well be coming from 'over-enthusiastic' companies eager to sell training, products and services.

Should a serious data breach occur at your school and the ICO investigates, if you haven't been taking GDPR seriously, you could be in trouble. However, if you have your Data Protection Officer in place, have policies and procedures, have done risk assessments and taken steps to mitigate any risks, you will be in a position to identify what went wrong and put the necessary steps in place to reduce any future risk. Safety and security will always be a journey with the final destination just around the corner!

How can you feel more confident about getting GDPR right?

It's a good start if you can say 'yes' to the following ten statements.

1 Staff and parents have been informed
2 Data Protection Officer appointed
3 Data audit carried out
4 Review of whether data held is valid
5 Review of privacy notices
6 Review of data collection procedures
7 Review of data processing procedures
8 Risk assessment of data security
9 Policies and procedures plan
10 Robust policies and procedures in place


Need more help?

E2BN member schools can access unlimited advice and guidance from us, just give us a call or email. We always provide honest, straightforward answers and if we don't know the answer, we will know someone who does!

We also deliver training courses; visit our Data Protection website to find the latest information and dates.

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