Monthly Archives April 2015

Rules on Contact with Students

Use of Email All contact from a teacher to a student via email must be from the teacher’s school email account. It is preferable (and stated in the school policy) that students only use their school email to contact a member of staff. However, this is very difficult to enforce and it is acceptable for staff to respond to emails from private accounts. The contents of emails from staff to pupils should be professional in manner and reflect the high expectation that the school has of all such communication. Use of Social Media 1.  Facebook: a. No member of staff
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Guidance for Parents taking Photos and filming at School Productions

Example Text for letters to parents (based on example from Kent LA) We are staging a production/special event of on xxxxxx. We are sure some parents/carers would like to take photographs/videos of the production. As you know we have a policy in place with regards to the taking, making and use of images and you will have previously signed a consent form stating whether or not your child could be photographed. If you wish to take photos at the production there is a strong possibility that other children will also be included within the picture. At XXXXXXX we are happy
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Ofsted inspections – clarification for schools

Please see the ‘Clarification for Schools’ document from Ofsted – March 2015. The purpose of this document is to confirm facts about the requirements of Ofsted and to dispel myths that can result in unnecessary workloads in schools. It should be read alongside the School Inspection Handbook which can be found here This document is intended to highlight specific practices that are not required by Ofsted. It is up to schools themselves to determine their practices and for leadership teams to justify these on their own merits rather than by reference to the inspection handbook. For example – Pupils’ Work –
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West of England ICT Conference 2 July 2015 ‘Inspiring Minds’

The 17th West of England ICT Conference, organised by local authorities in the region, will take place on Thursday 2 July 2015 at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bristol. This year’s theme ‘Inspiring Minds’ reflects the evolving picture of education and the continuing shift from ‘teaching’ to ‘learning’. Our classrooms are increasingly being led by empowered learners and with the new National Curriculum now in place, schools are looking at how to maximise learning for their students and help to give them the tools to enable them to learn in a creative and unrestrictive way. Once again, we
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Let Teachers SHINE 2015

Do you know a teacher with an innovative idea to raise attainment? Teachers with an innovative idea to improve the literacy, numeracy or science attainment of disadvantaged pupils can apply for £15,000 to help set up a project in their school. Successful ideas might involve superb after-school programmes or innovative use of technology. They could work with whole classes, small groups or individuals. Recent pilots have included peer tutoring, story-based orienteering using tablets, and using sport for kinesthetic learning. The proposals can be entirely new, or build upon innovative work a teacher has already begun testing in the classroom. Any
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Record of Concern for E-Safety Form

xxx School Record of concern about Esafety This form is for use by any adult working in school that has a concern about Esafety. This could be a concern that a child has disclosed to you about something that has happened when they are using the computer or about being bullied (cyber-bullying). It could be a concern that you have about ICT practice in school or on social networking sites involving children or adults. Download a copy of the Short and Sweet e-safety guide as a Word document See more Short & Sweet e-safety guides
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