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Supporting Pupils Experiencing Domestic Violence

Supporting Pupils Experiencing Domestic Violence

Our guidance document outlines signs that a child may be witnessing domestic abuse and what a school’s responsibilities are in relation to this.

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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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Income Generation - Top Tips

Income Generation - Top Tips

This guidance document offers tips from our administration and financial support expert about how schools can maximise their income generation – including the pros and cons for each method.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, our most popular question on site was: "How many pupils can a teaching assistant (TA) supervise alone in a before or after-school club?"

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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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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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Asbestos Management: What Schools Need to Know

Asbestos Management: What Schools Need to Know

This document provides a comprehensive guide to what schools need to do in order to manage asbestos effectively and in compliance with the law.

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Ofsted's Expectations of Assessment

Ofsted's Expectations of Assessment

This guidance gives perspective from our Ofsted expert about what Ofsted looks for in terms of a school’s assessment policies and processes.

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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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Funding Favourites – May 2018

Funding Favourites – May 2018

Our article rounds up a selection of the funding opportunities available to schools, alongside funding news, freebies schools can take advantage of, and advice from our finance expert.

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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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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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Undertaking a Governor Learning Walk: Guidance for Governing Boards

Undertaking a Governor Learning Walk: Guidance for Governing Boards

This guidance explains what a governor learning walk is and how they should be undertaken to maximise impact and minimise disruption to pupils and staff.

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E-Safety: What do Teachers Need to Know?

E-Safety: What do Teachers Need to Know?

A guidance document outlining what teachers need to be aware of in relation to e-safety, and which important principles they should be able to teach pupils.

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How to Use Social Media to Recruit and Hire

How to Use Social Media to Recruit and Hire

This guidance document outlines tips on how to recruit on social media, the benefits of doing so, and how to utilise LinkedIn to its capacity.

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Ofsted's Focus in the Summer Quiz

Ofsted's Focus in the Summer Quiz

Take this quiz to see if you are prepared for an Ofsted inspection this Summer.

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Are you GDPR-ready?

Are you GDPR-ready?

Use this quiz to see how much you know about the GDPR!

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Compliance

Changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018

Changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018

See what's changed in the latest KCSIE, what actions you need to take to comply and what areas the DfE have emphasised your staff need to be aware of.

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7 Things Schools Need to Know About Consent to be GDPR-Compliant

7 Things Schools Need to Know About Consent to be GDPR-Compliant

This article explains the crucial seven things school leaders need to know about consent in order to ensure they are compliant with the GDPR.

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Tackling Peer-on-Peer Abuse - TheSchoolBus Guide

Tackling Peer-on-Peer Abuse - TheSchoolBus Guide

Learn how to effectively tackle peer-on-peer abuse in your school with our free guide produced using the latest DfE guidance.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Lawful Bases for Processing Data

Everything You Need to Know About the Lawful Bases for Processing Data

This guidance offers information for schools about each of the lawful bases for processing data under the GDPR and when they are the most appropriate basis for processing personal data.

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Schools That Work for Everyone – Government Consultation Response

Schools That Work for Everyone – Government Consultation Response

Our guidance outlines how the government will proceed with the proposals put forward in their 'Schools that work for everyone' consultation.

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GDPR: FAQs and the answers you need

GDPR: FAQs and the answers you need

Our article includes our most frequently asked GDPR-related questions for schools, as well as those all important answers to ensure compliance.

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How to Create a Data Map

How to Create a Data Map

This guidance document is a step-by-step run through on how to start and create a data map, including an example map.

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Ofsted’s Expectations of Staff Training and CPD

Ofsted’s Expectations of Staff Training and CPD

Our guidance outlines Ofsted's expectations of training and continuing professional development (CPD) in schools.

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The Government’s Principles for the Accountability System – What Schools Should Know

The Government’s Principles for the Accountability System – What Schools Should Know

Our guidance breaks down the need-to-know information about the DfE's principles for accountability for schools, ensuring you are aware of the how the government plans to shape accountability.

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Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

This guidance document explains the best ways to keep your electronic data safe through responsible cyber security.

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Funding Favourites – April 2018

Funding Favourites – April 2018

Our article rounds up a selection of the funding opportunities available to schools, alongside funding news and freebies schools can take advantage of.

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How Can Legitimate Interests Be Used as a Legal Basis for Data Processing?

How Can Legitimate Interests Be Used as a Legal Basis for Data Processing?

This guidance explores the legal basis of legitimate interests to help guide you in choosing the right legal basis for data processing.

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Data Protection: A Toolkit for Schools

Data Protection: A Toolkit for Schools

This guide summarises the DfE’s data protection toolkit for schools, offering schools practical tips to ensure they are compliant with the GDPR.

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Photography under the GDPR

Photography under the GDPR

This guidance document contains advice from the DfE on how to process photographs under the GDPR.

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The National Funding Formula for Schools and High Needs

The National Funding Formula for Schools and High Needs

A summary of the DfE’s 'National funding formula for schools and high needs' policy paper, highlighting the key changes to school funding and how they will be implemented.

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Ofsted’s Expectations of Evidence

Ofsted’s Expectations of Evidence

Created in collaboration with our Ofsted expert, this guidance explores the evidence inspectors will expect to see during an Ofsted inspection.

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Performance Reporting for Sixth-Form Colleges: Government Consultation

Performance Reporting for Sixth-Form Colleges: Government Consultation

Our guidance document summarises the key proposals from the consultation document, alongside the questions that are being asked.

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April 2018 Updates to Ofsted’s Inspection Handbooks

April 2018 Updates to Ofsted’s Inspection Handbooks

On 13 April 2018, Ofsted updated their section 5 and section 8 handbooks and made a few noteworthy changes. We’ve summarised the changes to help you know what to expect the next time an inspector calls.

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Safeguarding Arrangements for Pupils with SEND

Safeguarding Arrangements for Pupils with SEND

The SLT and governing board have to fulfil statutory requirements regarding safeguarding, especially in the case of pupils with SEND. This article explores the requirements and how to meet them.

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Empowering Teaching Assistants (TAs)

Empowering Teaching Assistants (TAs)

How to help TAs with career progression and how classroom teachers can empower and instil confidence in TAs – including tips on how to ensure TA morale is kept on-the-up and how TAs’ careers can progress from their current position.

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Ofsted and...RSE

Ofsted and...RSE

This guidance document outlines how Ofsted looks at RSE, including how schools’ RSE provision is inspected, what Ofsted considers good RSE to look like, and how the introduction of statutory RSE will likely affect the inspection process.

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Managing Teacher Workload

Managing Teacher Workload

Expert guidance for teachers on managing a heavy workload, and what leaders can do to help.

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7 Steps to Writing an Effective Press Release

7 Steps to Writing an Effective Press Release

This guidance, created in collaboration with our expert, contains seven steps schools can use for writing an effective press release.

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Safeguarding: Choosing the Appropriate Training

Safeguarding: Choosing the Appropriate Training

Our guidance outlines the what to consider when choosing training programmes, as well as the arrangements for updating and refreshing staff training.

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Free School Meals - 3 Minute Read

Free School Meals - 3 Minute Read

This 3 Minute Read summarises the DfE guidance 'Free school meals', published in March 2018, and outlines schools' responsibilities in providing FSM to disadvantaged pupils.

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Preparing for the GDPR

Preparing for the GDPR

This guidance breaks down the key elements of the GDPR that will affect schools.

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Concrete Cladding

Concrete Cladding

Discover if your school has concrete cladding, and whether it needs to be replaced, saving schools time and money.

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Role of the Data Protection Officer

Role of the Data Protection Officer

This guidance document outlines the role of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and provides advice regarding appointing a suitable person to the role.

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The Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) – What Schools Need to do by 31 May 2018

The Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) – What Schools Need to do by 31 May 2018

This guidance outlines what the AMAP is and the duties of responsible bodies and schools.

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Encouraging the study of STEM

Encouraging the study of STEM

This guidance outlines the ways in which STEM learning can be encouraged in school and at home.

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Analyse School Performance: Guidance for Governors

Analyse School Performance: Guidance for Governors

This guidance explains what ASP is and how governors can use it to monitor school performance and outcomes for pupils.

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Managing a Deficit Budget

Managing a Deficit Budget

Guidance from our leadership expert on how to cope with a deficit budget.

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Apprenticeship Levy: How it Will Work

Apprenticeship Levy: How it Will Work

Guidance on the government's apprenticeship levy - which took effect from 1 May 2017.

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