Welcome back! We hope you’ve all had a well-deserved break and are ready to take on the new term!

We’ve broken down everything that’s related to Spring term 2018 in the Education sector! From changes to Ofsted’s short inspections, to consultations on ’Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE), this blog will, (hopefully), get you up-to-date with the latest from the DfE, and will highlight what to expect this term!

Recap

Social mobility

On 14 December 2017, Justine Greening launched the DfE’s ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’; a plan for improving social mobility through education. The overarching ambition of the plan is to ensure “no community is left behind”. It’s acknowledged that education and skills outcomes are one of the biggest drivers of productivity, and areas with lower outcomes can become “trapped in a low skills cycle”. As a result, the DfE is striving to target the areas that are not yet fulfilling their potential to ensure they are receiving sufficient support and resources.

For further information, and a breakdown of the key proposals and actions outlined in the plan, read our guidance document.

Peer-on-peer abuse

In December 2017, the DfE released their guidance on ‘Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges’. The guidance contains advice for school leaders and governors to help them provide the best support and effective safeguarding for both victims, and alleged perpetrators.

Our free guide contains the need-to-know facts outlined in the DfE guidance.  

Careers strategy

Also in December, the DfE released their ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’. The strategy establishes a series of actions to be taken by schools, government agencies and third parties to improve careers advice for young people. The guidance states that pupils from working class backgrounds are in particular need of effective and impartial careers provision, but are least likely to receive careers guidance.

For a breakdown of the strategy, and a list of what to do next to ensure effective careers guidance is implemented within your school, download our guidance document.

January 2018

Ofsted

Following a consultation period, Ofsted confirmed changes to short inspections from January 2018 – stating that all three proposals were “supported overall” by respondents. So, what’s changed? Ensure you are clued-up by reading the breakdown of the key points in our free guide.

Provider access

As of 2 January, all maintained schools and academies have a duty to provide pupils in Years 8-13 with access to providers of post-14, post-16 and post-18 education and training. They also have a duty to publish a statement on their website explaining how they manage access requests from providers.

Our resource pack contains everything you need to know about provider access, alongside a time-saving policy statement template that can be completed in minutes and uploaded to your website to keep you compliant.

Early years

In December 2017, the DfE launched a consultation setting out their proposed approach to free early years entitlement for two-year-olds in regards to the rollout of universal credit. Under the new criteria, the government has said a much greater number of two-year-olds would be eligible for free early years entitlement.

The consultation closes on 15 January! Our free guide outlines the key proposals from the consultation, making it easier and quicker for you to gather the necessary information and have your say on the matter. Read the full consultation document and register your views on the proposals here.

Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention

The DfE and Department of Health are consulting on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and mental health needs. The aim of the guidance is to assist in eliminating the inappropriate use of restraint, by enabling special education and health settings to develop plans to support children and young people with behaviour challenges.

The consultation closes on 24 January! Our free guide outlines the various types of restraint, and provides means of approach that schools can use to reduce the need for using restraint, as outlined in the DfE document. Read the full DfE guidance here, and register your views on the guidance here.

February 2018

RSE

The DfE is considering how to update the existing sex and relationship guidance to support schools in delivering the new subjects of relationship education at primary, and RSE at secondary level. Some of the topics covered in the consultation include safe online relationships, rights to withdrawal, and important areas across RSE and PSHE in primary and secondary schools.

The consultation closes on 12 February! You can read the proposed changes here, and register your views here.

KCSIE

On 14 December 2017, the DfE launched their national consultation on the statutory guidance KCSIE. All schools must have due regard to this guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The consultation seeks views on a number of changes, which are outlined in our guidance document. The consultation closes on 22 February, and you can register your views here.

March 2018

Mental health Green Paper

On 4 December 2017, the DfE and Department of Health released ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper’ which outlines what the government wants to do to help children and young people with their mental health. According to the Green Paper, 1 in 10 young people have some form of diagnosable mental health condition and the government is “committed” to ensuring support is provided to those who need it.

For an outline of the core proposals, and the wider action relating to education that will be undertaken to support these proposals, read our free guide.

The consultation will run until 2 March – register your views here.

QTS

The DfE released a consultation on strengthening career progression and the QTS on 15 December 2017. The consultation is aimed at anyone with an interest in teacher professional development – namely teachers, school leaders, HE institutions, initial teacher training providers, LAs and governing boards; therefore, it’s vital that school staff and members of the governing board register their views.

For an explanation of the key proposals outlined in the consultation, read our guidance document. You have until 9 March – register your views here.

GDPR

Technically, the GDPR doesn’t come into effect until the Summer term; however, it is imperative that all schools spend the Spring term getting themselves up-to-date and ensuring all the correct procedures are in place so that when 25 May comes around, no one is caught out!

Our GDPR Resource Pack contains a policy, a variety of guidance documents, checklists for governors, a survival guide, privacy notices, consent forms, role descriptors for data protection officers, an information asset register, staff presentations and more! Designed exclusively for the Education sector, our resources can help get you ready for the Summer term!

What to look out for this term

Safeguarding

On 31 December 2017, the DfE’s national consultation on the statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ ended. The main proposals of the consultation, which are fully outlined in our guidance document, include:

  • Significant revisions to the guidance, including statutory provisions on what’s expected of schools to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • Two sets of statutory regulations needed to support the new arrangements of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (subject to parliamentary approval).
  • The Local Safeguarding Partner (Relevant Agencies) (England) Regulations 2018.
  • The National and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (England) Regulations 2018.

In light of the above, there are three sections of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ which require significant or total amendments – these are as follows:

  • Chapter 3: Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
  • Chapter 4: Learning from serious cases
  • Chapter 5: Child death reviews

There are also some changes to the transitional guidance. The government has said it will publish the response in “due course”. Government guidance says departments must “publish responses within 12 weeks of the consultation or provide an explanation why this is not possible” – one to look out for!

Here’s to 2018!

At Hub4Leaders, we believe schools flourish when educators are left to educate! So, we support over 20,000 school leaders just like you with legislative requirements, admin headaches and compliance responsibilities, by providing actionable advice alongside all the necessary model documents – leaving you to do what you do best! Here’s to a successful 2018 – don’t worry, we will be with you every step of the way!


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