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Inspectors find that trainees are unclear about their safeguarding responsibilities towards children Trainee teachers are not being made fully aware of their future role in safeguarding children, Ofsted warned today. Understanding safeguarding was one of the areas for improvement flagged up from the first stage inspections of initial teacher education this summer, Angela Milner, Ofsted's specialist HMI for initial teacher education, told a conference today. Ms Milner told the annual conference of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) that it was “worrying” that safeguarding was one of the weaker areas of professional training. “Trainees didn't actually understand what safeguarding was about and their responsibilities as a teacher,” she said. There was also concern about trainees' knowledge of the Prevent duty and teaching British values. Ms Milner said that one of the problems that inspectors of initial teacher education were finding with safeguarding was that students were not being provided with the documents they need. Since September 2016, schools have had to ensure that all trainee teachers are provided with the child protection policy, the staff behaviour policy and information about the role of the designated safeguarding lead. Duty to prevent terrorism And all staff have to be prepared to know what to do in terms of identifying emerging problems or if a child tells them about abuse or neglect. Teachers also have a legal duty to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism and to report pupils at risk of female genital mutilation. Initial teacher education is inspected in two stages – the first stage is carried out at the end of the summer term, and no judgements are made on the teacher training provider at this stage. The second stage is carried out in the autumn term, when the trainees are then working as NQTs, and focuses on the quality of teaching. Other issues that Ms Milner flagged up included too much focus on maths and English in primary training, with little experience of other subjects, and not enough focus on subject-specific pedagogy for secondary trainees. Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow Tes on Twitter and Instagram, and like Tes on Facebook.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Virtual school heads welcome change in the law focusing on this group of children – but say that, at present, it will be hard for them to challenge exclusions Virtual school heads say a lack of resources will leave them unable to "do justice" to a change in the law that gives them new responsibilities for adopted children. The roles of virtual school heads and designated teachers – who are responsible for the educational achievements of looked-after children – were expanded in the Children and Social Work Act 2017. They now also have to provide information and advice to children who have left care in order to be adopted, as well as their new families. The Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation yesterday – at the start of National Adoption Week – on revising the statutory guidance around the law, to ensure that schools and local authorities promote the educational achievement of children who have left care via adoption and special guardianship, or children adopted from care outside of England and Wales. 'Without the money, we will be limited' Jane Pickthall, the chair of the National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH), has welcomed the focus on this group of children – but believes the government's changes are not enough. She said: “We are positive about it but we just need the resources to do it justice. By nature, we want to help and resolve issues, but without the money we are going to be limited to that advice role. “Where we would be challenging schools around exclusions, it is going to be harder for us to do that because we are not the corporate parent of those children.” The local authority is the "corporate parent" of children in care, meaning it has a legal duty to support them. But this does not apply once children have been adopted. Last week, the charity Adoption UK called for exclusions statistics for adopted children to be properly monitored, after many members reported that their children had been excluded from school. Regarding exclusions of previously looked-after children, Ms Pickthall added: “It is going to be hard. In terms of direct work, we won't have that capacity.” Virtual school heads also manage and monitor the "pupil premium plus" funding for children in care. For previously looked-after children, pupil premium plus funding is managed by the child's school, and the amount a school receives is based on the number of eligible children recorded by the DfE. Ms Pickthall added that knowing the total number of previously looked-after children can be a challenge. She said: “The numbers the DfE has got are only those that have come forward to self-declare to schools [for the pupil premium plus]. There is another cohort that is unknown.” Earlier this month, a former DfE funding adviser said changes to the way in which schools are funded will result in many local authorities spending less on children in care. The consultation from the Department for Education closes on 27 November. Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow Tes on Twitter and Instagram, and like Tes on Facebook
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Campaigners say youngsters should be allowed to put their views to judges.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A record number of children seek help from Childline over suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, said: I am delighted that we have won this appeal. Ofsted's job is to make sure that all schools properly prepare children for life in modern Britain. Educational institutions should never treat pupils less favourably because of their sex, or for any other reason. The school is teaching boys and girls entirely separately, making them walk down separate corridors, and keeping them apart at all times. This is discrimination and is wrong. It places these boys and girls at a disadvantage for life beyond the classroom and the workplace, and fails to prepare them for life in modern Britain. This case involves issues of real public interest, and has significant implications for gender equality, Ofsted, government, and the wider education sector. We will be considering the ruling carefully to understand how this will affect future inspections.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Today, Thursday 12 October, Ofqual has published a preview version of the Ofqual handbook, a new online resource that brings together all our general rules and guidance. The handbook can be found at, as well as from the Ofqual homepage and our awarding organisation portal. To help users navigate their way around the content we hosted a webinar. A recording of the webinar is now available. A recording of the webinar is also available We will be gathering feedback on this new format for the rest of the year, before taking decisions on roll-out early in 2018. Complete our survey or email us to let us know what you think.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, Continue reading at the source