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Supporting Staff Wellbeing: A Good Practice Report

Supporting Staff Wellbeing: A Good Practice Report

A good practice guide on supporting staff wellbeing, with tips shared from others in the Education community.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: “What are the rules and regulations around cleaning up vomit in schools? Who should and shouldn't do it? Can sawdust be used?” Find out the answer here.

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Safer Social Media Poster for Pupils

Safer Social Media Poster for Pupils

This infographic, designed for pupils, is to ensure that they are aware of the necessary precautions to take and expected standard of behaviour whilst online.

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Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Outline

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan Outline

Having better knowledge of the EHC plan and the EHC process allows school to give better provision to pupils with SEND This article outlines the main points in an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Prevention Checklist

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Prevention Checklist

A checklist designed for schools to evaluate the effectiveness of their child sexual exploitation (CSE) provision, and ensure all safeguarding practices are up-to-date.

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Addressing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in the School Community

Addressing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in the School Community

This guidance offers advice on how to address child sexual exploitation (CSE) in school, including the approach a school could take in order to raise awareness within the school community.

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Spotting the Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Poster

Spotting the Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Poster

This poster highlights the warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) that school staff should look out for - display it in the staff room!

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Internet Searches and Safeguarding

Internet Searches and Safeguarding

This document outlines the search terms that may be used by pupils at risk from experiencing or being involved in radicalisation, drug abuse, pornographic material, eating disorders, self-harm, violence, discrimination, (cyber)bullying, hacking and piracy.

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Up-to-speed on: What Schools and Colleges Should Do to Prepare for a No Deal Brexit

Up-to-speed on: What Schools and Colleges Should Do to Prepare for a No Deal Brexit

The DfE has released advice for schools and colleges on how to prepare for if the UK leaves the EU without a deal - read this article to get up-to-speed.

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Recognising and Responding to Cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Recognising and Responding to Cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

This guidance outlines factors that could make a child more vulnerable to CSE, indicators of abuse, and the appropriate action that should be taken when responding to a case, or suspected case, of CSE.

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Up-to-Speed On: The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

Up-to-Speed On: The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

Get up-to-speed on the DfE's teacher recruitment and retention strategy 2019. Our article summarises the key proposals outlined by the government to increase recruitment and retention, and the support on offer for teachers in their early career.

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Additional Capital Funding for 2018/2019

Additional Capital Funding for 2018/2019

As announced in the 2018 Budget, an extra £400 million in-year bonus will be allocated to schools in England. This article provides a breakdown on how the funding will be allocated and how it can be used.

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Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Knife Crime in School

Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Knife Crime in School

Knife crime can cause devastation, ensure your school is aware of the dangers knives can bring and methods to adopt to prevent knife crime in school.

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10 Ways to Tackle HBT Bullying

10 Ways to Tackle HBT Bullying

This free guide contains useful recommendations by the CofE Education Office regarding the prevention of HBT bullying, and many of the recommendations can be adapted to suit any school’s context.

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Effective Practices for Preventing and Tackling Bullying

Effective Practices for Preventing and Tackling Bullying

This article provides guidance on some of the methods you can use to promote respectful behaviour and tackle various forms of bullying in your school.

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T-levels – Key Information for Schools and Colleges

T-levels – Key Information for Schools and Colleges

This guidance outlines the key information about T-levels that is relevant for schools and colleges, including what T-levels are, how they will be assessed, and how they will be funded.

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Up-to-speed on: Changes to Interventions of Schools Causing Concern

Up-to-speed on: Changes to Interventions of Schools Causing Concern

This article highlights the key changes that have been made to the DfE's 'Schools causing concern' guidance.

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Up-to-speed on: The DfE's Plans to Further Reduce Workload

Up-to-speed on: The DfE's Plans to Further Reduce Workload

This article summarises the DfE's commitment to acting in response to the teacher workload advisory group report, 'Making Data Work', and providing new support to help reduce workload.

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted's Calls for Further Action

Up-to-speed on: Ofsted's Calls for Further Action

This article gets you up-to-speed on the concerns expressed about risks to the quality of education in the Ofsted chief inspector's recent letter, and includes proposals for a new inspection framework and renewed calls for greater powers for Ofsted inspectors.

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Up-to-speed on: The Budget 2018

Up-to-speed on: The Budget 2018

This article breaks down the funding announced for schools in the Budget 2018, alongside other initiatives that will affect schools and pupils.

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Headteacher Performance Management: Guidance for the Governing Board

Headteacher Performance Management: Guidance for the Governing Board

This guidance is intended for the governing board of maintained schools to make certain the headteacher performance management process is a confidential, supportive and developmental process which ensures the headteacher has the skills and support needed to carry out their role effectively.

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Dealing with Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children (Peer-on-Peer Abuse)

Dealing with Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children (Peer-on-Peer Abuse)

This guidance contains need-to-know facts from the DfE guidance on sexual violence and harrassment to help schools make sure all staff members are equipped with the knowledge needed to spot the signs of CSE and best support the victims.

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Changing Workplace Culture to Support Staff Wellbeing

Changing Workplace Culture to Support Staff Wellbeing

This guidance outlines common needs of staff members, how they can be supported, and the different steps schools should take to ensure staff wellbeing is maintained.

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Ofsted Expectations of Pupil Attendance

Ofsted Expectations of Pupil Attendance

Guidance from our Ofsted expert on what inspectors will expect to see in terms of attendance during an inspection, including roles and responsibilities.

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Up-to-speed on: Changes to Statutory Careers Guidance

Up-to-speed on: Changes to Statutory Careers Guidance

This article provides a quick breakdown for schools of the key changes the DfE made to their statutory careers guidance in October 2018.

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Up-to-Speed On: The Role of the Designated Mental Health Lead

Up-to-Speed On: The Role of the Designated Mental Health Lead

A two-page guide covering the role of the mental health lead as set out in the ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: A Green Paper’.

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted Safeguarding Policy

Up-to-speed on: Ofsted Safeguarding Policy

This up-to-speed document can be used to ensure you fully understand Ofsted's safeguarding policy.

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The Governing Board's Role in Exclusions

The Governing Board's Role in Exclusions

Guidance from our governance expert on the governing body's role in exclusions, including all aspects of holding a consideration meeting.

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The Introduction of T-levels – Key Information for Schools and Colleges

The Introduction of T-levels – Key Information for Schools and Colleges

This guidance outlines the key information about T-levels that is relevant for schools and colleges, including what T-levels are, how they will be assessed, and how they will be funded.

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Ofsted and…Behaviour Management

Ofsted and…Behaviour Management

This edition of 'Ofsted and...', from our Ofsted expert, explores inspectors' expectations of behaviour management and offers advice on tackling behavioural issues and optimising behaviour.

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Successfully Implementing Performance-related Pay

Successfully Implementing Performance-related Pay

This article will aid schools in implementing the statutory performance-related pay successfully by ensuring it is understood, so that realistic objectives are set and pay decisions can be made fairly.

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Reasonable Adjustments: Forecasting and Decision Making

Reasonable Adjustments: Forecasting and Decision Making

Guidance from our SEND expert on what is considered a 'reasonable' adjustment, and how schools can make decisions that ensure adjustments are not detrimental to other pupils' education, while not discriminating against the pupil with SEND.

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Income Generation Opportunities for Schools

Income Generation Opportunities for Schools

Expert guidance on seeking, identifying and pursuing income generation opportunities for your school.

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Teaching Pupils about Sex and Relationships

Teaching Pupils about Sex and Relationships

Advice from our pupil wellbeing expert on how to approach teaching pupils about sex and relationships.

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7 Tips to Support Staff Wellbeing

7 Tips to Support Staff Wellbeing

This guidance explores a number of tips that school leaders can put into practice to support the wellbeing of their staff.

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Spotting Signs of Stress in the Workplace

Spotting Signs of Stress in the Workplace

This free guide can help staff recognise and manage workplace stress.

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Teaching Pupils About Sexting

Teaching Pupils About Sexting

Guidance from our pupil wellbeing expert on how to educate pupils on the increasingly troubling topic of sexting, so that they can protect themselves from potential physical and emotional harm.

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Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay 2018

Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay 2018

This article brings schools up-to-speed on teachers' pay for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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Surviving Your NQT Year: A Case Study

Surviving Your NQT Year: A Case Study

A case study with two RQTs, who share their top tips for NQTs on managing challenging behaviour, workloads and stress, and forming positive working relationships with colleagues.

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Effective Practices for Preventing and Tackling Bullying

Effective Practices for Preventing and Tackling Bullying

This article provides guidance on some of the methods you can use to promote respectful behaviour and tackle various forms of bullying in your school.

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How to Conduct an Effective Governing Board Skills Audit

How to Conduct an Effective Governing Board Skills Audit

Guidance from our governance expert on how to conduct an effective skills audit, and what you should do to highlight and address a gap in skills or knowledge in the governing body

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Conducting a Skills Audit – Advice for SBMs

Conducting a Skills Audit – Advice for SBMs

Guidance for SBMs on how to conduct effective skills audits of different job types within a school and what to do with the information gathered.

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Effective Governance: Safeguarding

Effective Governance: Safeguarding

Expert guidance on a governing board's responsibilities in terms of safeguarding within a school.

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Taking Data Home: Complying with Data Protection Regulations

Taking Data Home: Complying with Data Protection Regulations

This article examines the practice of taking work home, and how it sits in the GDPR regime of today.

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Popular acronyms used in Education

Popular acronyms used in Education

This acronym list can be used by the governing board and school staff as a point of reference when coming across acronyms in official policies and documentation.

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A School's Guide to Apprenticeships

A School's Guide to Apprenticeships

This article contains everything you need to know about apprenticeships including what they are, how the apprenticeship levy applies to schools, applying for funding, apprenticeship options and more.

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Changes to the Academies Financial Handbook 2018

Changes to the Academies Financial Handbook 2018

This guidance outlines the changes that have been made to the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) 2018.

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Communicating an Ofsted Judgement to the School Community

Communicating an Ofsted Judgement to the School Community

Created in collaboration with our governance associate and based on personal experience, this guidance outlines the process of sharing a school’s Ofsted judgement with stakeholders, including the media.

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Designated Teacher for Looked-After and Previously LAC

Designated Teacher for Looked-After and Previously LAC

This guidance contains the key points from the DfE’s ‘The designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children’ (2018).

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Five Strategies for Engaging Disengaged Pupils

Five Strategies for Engaging Disengaged Pupils

This guidance document includes some top tips and useful strategies to help engage disengaged pupils.

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