School Improvement

5 ways you can improve safeguarding

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Safeguarding students should be paramount within the education system. As stated in KCSIE 2023, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Robust and stringent measures need to be implemented to ensure everyone involved in a school environment is protected and secured.

Jonathan Keay, Senior HMI stated:

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3 ways to create a positive classroom environment for reintegration

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Students who experience barriers to their learning may sometimes find it difficult to engage with their education, subsequently resulting in loss of learning.

It’s important that students feel welcomed, be able to voice their opinions and flaunt their creativity whenever possible. By encouraging this and creating a positive classroom environment, students will feel more inclined to attend school and engage properly with their education. The school inspection handbook states:

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How we can support children who have experienced trauma

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Children who have been exposed to trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may exhibit certain behaviours or refuse to attend education. How can we overcome their barriers and what can we implement to support them?

EDClass spoke to Danny Wolstencroft, from Lads Like Us, who are safeguarding consultants going across the UK to discuss trauma-informed care to all types of professionals. Their goal is to inform professionals on how to effectively support children who have experienced trauma and what strategies we can implement to overcome barriers.

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What to expect for 2023 GCSEs?

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Examinations are quickly getting back to the pre-covid times. With normalcy, GCSE 2023, students have been facing a lot of anticipation regarding what they will be facing and what they can expect, especially since the government’s decision to reinstate the pre-covid examination grading scale.

GCSE exams are scheduled to be held during May and June of this year. If you too are wondering about the exams and have little to no idea, this blog will cover all aspects of the 2023 GCSE exams and will be answering some of the most-asked questions.

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Importance of defibrillators in schools

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With initiatives to roll out defibrillators in schools, there has been a significant debate about whether they are needed or not. Defibrillators are essential equipment for dealing with cardiac incidents and can be the difference between life and death for any potential patient. With thousands of cases of sudden cardiac arrest occurring every year, less than 10% survive, and of those that do, having access to a defibrillator within minutes of the incident is a key factor.

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How remote teaching can be safeguarded effectively

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Remote teaching has emerged to be an incredible resource for students across the UK, especially those who cannot access mainstream education. However, these students must be safeguarded to the highest degree.

With recent surges in the number of teachers being banned, it is now vital that the benefits of EdTech are integrated with sophisticated safeguarding measures to ensure a student’s safety.
According to a recent iNews article, there has now been a “five-year high” in the number of teachers being banned concerning sexual misconduct allegations. The article states:

“In total, 108 teachers across England were handed lifetime bans from the profession last year – the highest number in five years.”

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Benefits of twilight sessions to impact behaviour and whole-school improvement

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School hours are limited, and educators often feel the impact of this time constraint on the quality of education. Additionally, these educators often feel exhausted from dealing with students with disruptive behaviour. Outstanding teaching and learning depend on effective continuing professional development (CPD).

The solution for improving the quality of teaching and service educators provide is the twilight session organised by the school authorities. These sessions aim to deliver teacher training and contribute to the whole-school improvement.

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What to prepare for in Ofsted inspections

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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services, and Skills. This governmental body is responsible for regularly inspecting services providing education to young learners. These services range from childminders to training providers, schools to local authorities. The governmental body further uncovers what they find in the inspection. These findings are then shared with Parliament, parents, carers, and commissioners.

The other side of the story is that the inspections aimed at improving the quality of education at all levels might seem tedious to the institutions. However, schools and other educational institutions can successfully prepare their best to qualify for these inspections.

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