• CEO leaves trust 12 months after whistleblower probe

    A trust chief executive who threatened to “deal with” a whistleblower has left his post, more than a year after the launch of an investigation into his comments. Victoria Academies Trust (VAT) said it had agreed to terminate the contract of Andrew Morrish as it was the “most efficient use of resources and time” that

    5.00 May. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools told to review child protection policies

    Schools have been told to review their child protection policies and warned they may have to rely on other schools’ safeguarding leads in response to the coronavirus outbreak. New guidance on safeguarding during COVID-19 has been issued by the Department for Education. It comes as schools are grappling with a new way of working, providing

    10.43 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Safeguarding software 'normalises authoritarian approaches' in schools - academics

    Academics are concerned safeguarding software that allow firms to keep watch on pupils’ activity on computers is “normalising extreme authoritarian approaches” in schools – with worries parents might not know about the “snooping”. It follows tech firm Smoothwall launching a new partnership with company Safeguard Software to provide a service that scoops up data from

    5.00 Dec. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Ex-children's minister gets £550-a-day safeguarding review job

    The former children’s minister and MP Edward Timpson will chair a new panel set up to examine child safeguarding practices. The child safeguarding practice review panel has been set up by the Department for Education to commission national reviews of child safeguarding cases that they believe are complex or of national importance from June 29.

    16.46 Jun. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Safeguarding, fire safety and segregation: DfE releases 27 new private school warning notices

    The government has published the latest batch of warning notices issued to underperforming private schools. Among other transgressions, it found two schools where boys and girls were treated differently enough to affect their personal development, as well as failure to comply with fire safety regulations, and a room used by a special school to calm

    13.33 Apr. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted hopes to move away from safeguarding 'compliance' checks

    Ofsted wants its safeguarding procedures to have “impact”, rather than merely checking that schools are “compliant”, an inspector has said. Lee Northern (pictured), a specialist advisor on inspection policy, hopes his employer will do away with its “compliance-checking function” and move to “an impact-checking function” in future. Safeguarding, he told SSAT delegates, is like marking,

    5.00 Dec. 9th, 2017 | News

  • DfE swerves new Scottish safeguarding policy

    The government has “no plans” to replicate a Scottish safeguarding scheme that nominates someone to support every school-age child, despite concerns that English schools need to do better on safeguarding. The “named person” scheme, coming into force north of the border next year, allocates an individual such as a health visitor or teacher to provide

    17.04 Nov. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Amanda Spielman is right: our schools are too risk averse

    Risk-aversion in schools has gone too far, argues Andy Phippen. We need to empower our pupils to manage and mitigate risks themselves. In last week’s Sunday Times, Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, called for a change in the risk-averse culture in our schools, claiming they have become places where children are so wrapped in cotton

    5.00 Aug. 10th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Termly safeguarding audits would help heads 'sleep at night'

    A specialist body of safeguarding officers should be set up within or separately from Ofsted because inspections are “too short” to cover the issue properly, a multi-academy (MAT) trust executive has said. Stephen Tierney, chief executive of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic MAT in Blackpool, said that safeguarding pupils was “too important” to be assessed as

    17.08 Feb. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Prison threat for teachers failing to report abuse means cash for training is needed

    The government has been told to stump up more cash to train school staff if ministers go ahead with new proposals that could see teachers, catering staff and secretaries sent to prison for failing to report child abuse. The government launched a consultation yesterday on plans to make the reporting of child abuse mandatory for

    11.03 Jul. 22nd, 2016 | News

  • The key to SEND success is to integrate students

    I am passionate about the provision for SEND students, and the opportunity to share my enthusiasm at SSAT National Conference was one I am very glad to have taken up. I met some fantastic fellow practitioners, with whom I have already established contact for the future – it is always a privilege to share good

    6.00 Dec. 21st, 2015 | Opinion