e-Safety – Are you meeting the needs of your learners?

messaging app iconsDo you know your Binweevil from your Club Penguin or Moshi Monster? How is your Minecraft?

E-safety is a broad area to cover from a teaching point of view. Not only do you need to address the issues that your pupils could currently be facing but you also need to start preparing them for issues that they may face as they get older. These issues were broadly defined in the research project begun in 2007 (1) as:

Content – what they view on-line

Contact – who they are interacting with

Conduct – how they behave in these environments

While they still provide an accurate summary of the risks today there have been rapid changes in technology, software and access. Continue reading

Limit teaching to four hours a day, says union

Limit teaching to four hours a day, says union.

“Teachers have called for the time they spend teaching pupils to be capped at 20 hours a week – four hours a day.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) passed a motion on Tuesday demanding a new working week of 20 hours’ teaching time, up to 10 hours of lesson preparation and marking, and five hours of other duties, including time spent inputting data and at parents’ evenings.”

Now there is a challenge.

Time to update your school website.

Will your school web site be ready for September?

 As Mike Briscoe highlighted recently in his blog post the Government have changed the publishing requirements for schools with effect from September 2012. You are no longer required to publish a prospectus but instead must make key information available online. 
From September, schools will be expected to publish:
  • Pupil Premium allocation, use and impact on attainment
  • curriculum provision, content and approach, by academic year and by subject
  • admission arrangements
  • the school’s policy in relation to behaviour, charging, and SEN and disability provision
  • links to Ofsted reports and to the Department’s achievement and attainment performance data; and details of the school’s latest Key Stage 2 and 4 attainment and progress measures.
While this information should already be available in the school, this has potentially shifted the focus as to who will be responsible for delivering the information in the expected format.