Leadership

Children’s online activities, risks and safety – report

A comprehensive literature review has been published by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The review focused on trends and emerging issues, and the online risk of harm to children and implications for safety policy and practice. The key findings included: Age is the key factor that differentiates among children’s online experiences, with gender also significant. One in ten children to one in five young teens say they encountered something worrying or nasty online in the past year. Children’s top worries are pornography and violence; they say they encounter these most often on video-sharing sites, followed by other websites, then social networking sites and games. Children are also concerned about the levels of advertising online, their spending too much time online, inappropriate c...

New PSHE resources from Public Health England

Public Health England  has released a new set of resources designed to support secondary schools with a range of issues including cyberbullying, online stress, and body image in a digital world. PHE is the government department devoted to improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities. Their new materials have been developed to promote resilience among young people aged 11 to 16 in England. The resource,  Rise Above for Schools, deals with: Bullying and cyberbullying Alcohol Positive relationships Smoking Exam stress Online stress Body image in a digital world. You can access the resources here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/rise-above/overview

Young people’s experiences of sexting

A report has been released by the EU funded SPIRTO Project which shares key findings, including the outcome of interviews they conducted with young people about sexting (generating and sharing sexual content). The study was carried out in Sweden, Germany and the UK and revealed the following: The main reasons stated for producing and sending images were fun, flirting and meeting new people; exploring sexuality seeking affirmation social acceptance part of a romantic or sexual relationship and being asked or coerced. Youths commonly described a combination of factors, with images created in a range of contexts. Experiences ranged from online grooming, where children were pressured to produce images, to the creation and sending of images within a caring relationship. Most participants carefu...

7 education blogs you should be reading

At Gaia Technologies we love to make sure we’re at the forefront of the latest in ed tech news, so here’s a round-up of our favourite education blogs that keep us up to date! Teacher Toolkit http://www.teachertoolkit.me/blog/ As one of the most influential education blogs in the UK, Teacher Toolkit is the place to be to read up about all sorts of innovative ideas and advice. From SEMH strategies to the latest DfE news, Teacher Toolkit is a fantastic resource for everyone from teachers to school leaders. Love Learning https://debrakidd.wordpress.com/ Writing about everything from pedagogy to growth mindsets, Debra is a dedicated teacher, ITL Associate and educational author. There’s a lot of sound advice in this blog, especially for key decision makers in schools. Stack of Marking https://s...

Free safeguarding event: Protecting Children in a Technology Driven World

Breaches of child safety have wide reaching consequences not only for the children concerned, but for all schools and those entrusted with our children’s care.

Free Seminar: Chromebook & G Suite for Education

Gaia Technologies would like to invite Denbighshire primary schools to a seminar to discuss the use of Chromebooks in education, as well as looking at the broader use of G Suite for Education. Attendees can sign up to the free event here. We have a wealth of experience in deployment, management and CPD for Chromebooks and G Suite in schools in Wales and across England. We will be able to guide you through the basics and the ‘must know’ information. G Suite for Education, formerly known as Google Apps for Education (GAFE), is Google’s offering for education to help teachers and pupils work ‘smarter’ using its core apps Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts and much more. We aim to start the session between 3.45pm and 4pm and run it for an hour. We appreciate t...

Science in Schools: £12.1 million government investment to support pupils

New findings published this month revealed that 25% of schoolchildren are interested in pursuing a career in science, prompting the government to allocate over £12 million to support science in schools. The report, OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), also showed that 75% of pupils in England believe science lessons help prepare them for life after school. The £12.1 million science in schools investment will last until 2019 and includes continued professional development for teachers, best practice for schools and bespoke in-school support. It’s designed to encourage more teenagers to take the triple GCSE Science award. England is one of the highest performing OECD countries for science and was the country’s top Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) s...

Impero On-line Safety Handbook 2016

Gaia partner Impero has just launched its  On-line Safety Handbook 2016. This handbook, designed for senior leaders, provides schools with a framework for the successful implementation and management of an active monitoring system, like Impero Education Pro. It includes the following: The best practice approach to online monitoring Effective deployment – setting up a working group, running a pilot, training, communication Managing keyword detection policies Managing data captures, AUPs and anonymous reporting Advice on what to do when risks are detected Resources and templates for an effective roll out You can download your copy  here.

BETT Academies launched for UK schools, academies and MATs

The BETT Show has launched BETT Academies to motivate, inspire, guide and advise academies, schools and MATs. From 16th – 17th March Birmingham’s NEC will play host to the event, which is designed to identify challenges arising to academisation of schools. Topics covered will include: Effective leadership Education in the future Change management There’s also the opportunity to network with influential senior education leaders, stakeholders and suppliers. Anita Pal, Events Director of i2i Events Group, the organisation running the BETT Show, commented: “BETT Academies are undoubtedly an increasing part of UK education. With the reach and trust of Bett, combined with the unprecedented number of schools involved in their communities, we have the ideal platform to give schools the suppo...

Department For Education: Keeping Children Safe In Education From September 2016

This statutory guidance for schools and colleges covers all aspects of safeguarding. The guidance was published in May 2016 for implementation from September 2016. Specific safeguarding issues relating to Education Technology are sexting and cyberbullying. Annex C provides specific guidance relating to online safety. Here three categories of risk are identified and there is a requirement that appropriate filters and monitoring systems are in place. The guidance does not specify the detailed filtering and monitoring requirements, stating simply that their appropriateness (ie what they actually are) is a matter for individual schools and colleges. The guidance has a balanced statement regarding filtering and monitoring. Whilst it is essential that governing bodies and proprietors ensure that...

Department for Education: Cloud Computing Services Guidance For School Leaders, School Staff And Governing Bodies July 2016

This non-statutory guidance has been produced to help schools understand some of the key considerations to make when thinking about moving their Education Technology to cloud based service provision. There is now much evidence that such a move when implemented properly results in significant long term savings with no threat to standards, and helps schools ensure that the pupil experience is consonant with their technological experiences outside schools. By this means, both parental and pupil perceptions of the relevance of the formal learning experience is improved. It is an updated version of former guidance. The complete document can be found at http://bit.ly/2chZnNE The use of cloud based provision requires robust broadband provision capable of serving many devices at the same time with...

Department For Education: Standard For Teachers’ Professional Development

This non-statutory implementation guidance for school leaders, teachers, and organisations that offer professional development for teachers, describes the importance of professional development as a key activity for raising standards, defines the standard in five areas, and gives recommended actions for each of the three groups, to meet the standard. The complete document is at http://bit.ly/29tohw2 Professional development is particularly important with regard to Education Technology, because technology develops rapidly, and teachers’ competence to exploit it effectively must keep pace, so that the impact of spend on hardware is maximised. At Gaia Technologies we are working to align all of our CPD and training provision to this document, ensuring the highest standard of professional deve...

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