Posts tagged SLT
NSPCC "How Safe Are Our Children" 2019 Report

The 2019 NSPCC annual report looking at levels of online activity and online child sex abuse recorded in the UK. Key findings include:

  • 44% of 5-15 year olds own a smartphone

  • 90% of 11-16 year olds said they had a social media account

  • Year on year increases were recorded in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland;

  • Increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015

  • the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Guidance for Schools

New guidance from the National FGM Centre for primary and secondary schools which aims to equip professionals to feel confident in responding to safeguarding concerns relating to girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The guidance covers areas including:

  • FGM and the law

  • FGM risk factors

  • Requirements of the new statutory RSE guidance regarding FGM

  • How to explore concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

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Online Safety: A Practical Guide for Schools: Balancing risks and opportunities and promoting a practical approach

A guide produced by RM Safety providing practical tips and advice to school-based professionals on ensuring online safety of children in their school. The guide has 4 sections:

  • Policy and practice, leadership and management

  • Training and education for staff, students, parents and carers

  • Technical solutions

  • Reviewing your approach

The guide should be shared with all professionals responsible for ensuring the online safety of students, including the ICT team.

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Forced Marriage Awareness Free Course Virtual College

A free course from the Virtual College for frontline professionals to build their awareness of Forced Marriage and awareness of the actions they should take should they suspect someone is at risk of being forced into marriage. The course has been developed with input from the Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit and includes sections on recognising the warning signs of forced marriage and cooperating effectively with agencies.

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""Now You See Us": Identifying and responding to the scale of social, emotional and mental health needs in primary school children" nurtureUK Report

A new report released by nurtureUK which explores the core social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs of primary school students with reference to data gathered by use of the Boxall Profile, designed by nurtureUK. Staff from 30 primary schools across England took part and they reported that use of the Boxall Profile helped them to better identify and respond to the SEMH needs of their students.

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Teach First Cross-Phase Toolkit: Supporting Smooth Transitions for Pupils between the Phases of Formal Education: A Guide for Teachers and Schools

A useful toolkit compiled by Teach First to provide tips and suggestions for teachers and schools who wish to work together to improve the experience of transition from Early Years into Primary School, Primary School to Secondary School. It is intended to inspire and enable to initiate and maintain collaborative cross-phase work that is going to have a positive impact on the children or young people that schools work with.

The toolkit contains two sections:

  • Research - Looking at the need for cross-phase collaboration and exploring what effective cross-phase collaboration looks like

  • Stories of cross-phase collaboration in practice, with accompanying resources that teachers can use.

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Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

A guide from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety for education professionals in schools and colleges to help them respond effectively to incidents of sexting to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is safeguarded. The guide includes sections on disclosure and reporting incidents to the police, searching students’ devices and educating young people about sexting in PSHE and RSE lessons.

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A Briefing Paper on Ramadan- Newham Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

A handy resource for education professionals to find out more about Ramadan, including advice on how schools should regard Ramadan, any potential effects of children and young people fasting on their ability to participate in sport or undertake exams and whether schools should communicate with all parents about preparations and provisions for Ramadan.

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Timpson Review Report May 2019

The full Timpson Review Report from the Department for Education looking into the number of school exclusions and underlying trends in those exclusions. Key findings include:

  • 7% of permanently excluded children achieved good passes in GCSE English and Maths in 2016/17

  • 4.5% of children educated in Alternative Provision settings achieved good passes in GCSE English and Maths in 2016/17

  • Over 1/3 of children who completed Key Stage 4 in Alternative Provision settings go on to be NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training).

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Key Standards in Teaching about Body Image: PSHE Association and Government Equalities Office Teaching Guidance

Comprehensive guidance for primary and secondary school teachers published by the PSHE Association and the Government Equalities Office about talking to students about body image in PSHE and RSE lessons in an evidence-based and empowering way.

The guidance includes sections on:

  • Creating a school environment that supports and promotes positive body image

  • Keys to promoting positive body image safely and confidently as part of your PSHE curriculum

  • Addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, including LGBTQ+ students

  • Responding to concerns about pornography.

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Health and Safety Executive Stress in Education Talking Toolkit

A new toolkit produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) designed to help reduce levels of stress prevalent amongst teaching staff in secondary schools. The HSE states that over 500,000 working days were lost in secondary schools as a result of work-related stress in the past 12 months.

The Talking Toolkit can be used by managers to facilitate open and honest conversations with staff about their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.

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Children & Young People's Mental Health: The Facts

A new factsheet from The Centre for Mental Health which brings together the current key facts and figures about children and young people’s mental health in the UK.

Information provided includes:

  • The most common type of mental health condition which children experience are conduct disorders

  • 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24.

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"Managing bereavement in the workplace: a good practice guide"

ACAS have produced a comprehensive guide for HR professionals, SME employers and senior management on how to adopt a whole-organisational approach to supporting team members who are experiencing bereavement.

The guide includes sections on:

  • What the law says about supporting staff experiencing bereavement

  • Managing bereavement and returning to work

  • Avoiding discrimination and addressing bullying

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Resources for Schools

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have a plethora of resources to help teachers to talk about mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools with students in a evidence-based and effective way. Resources available on their page include Exam Wellbeing guides, draft Wellbeing Plans and low mood posters which can be printed off and displayed in staff rooms and common rooms.

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Unexplained Pupil Exits from Schools: A growing problem? Education Policy Institute Report

A new report from the Education Policy Institute exploring new research on the growing number of unexplained school exits in England. The report uses data on children who reached year 11 in 2016/17, 2013/14, and 2010/11 and is the first report on pupil exits to take into account exits due to family reasons.

Findings include:

  • one in three pupils in contact with the social care system experienced an unexplained exit;

  • around one in four pupils with social, emotional or mental health needs experienced an unexplained exit

  • roughly one in eight pupils with Black or mixed Black and White ethnic backgrounds experienced an unexplained exit.

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CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey Report April 2019

The latest Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey Report from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which indicates that employers’ are becoming increasingly more aware of their responsibility to helping to maintain employee wellbeing through the devising of effective wellbeing strategies. The average level of employee absence is now the lowest recorded by the CIPD at 5.9 days but there is a noticeable rise in the levels of “presenteeism” and “leaveism”.

The report concludes that leadership and management should ensure that all of their policies and procedures are mindful of employee wellbeing.

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