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The Department for Education has published its draft, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2024.  Whilst there are no substantive changes to the document, amendments include revised definitions of safeguarding and early help. These are consistent with the definitions in the revised Working Together to Safeguarding Children.

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The ICO has reported that across the board, public authorities are seeing an increase in Subject Access Requests being submitted, as more people become aware of their data rights. We are certainly feeling this increase at the schools we work with. As you will know, each Subject Access Request presents it’s own complexities and is governed by a strict deadline. Collating the information from numerous sources and the redaction process can be hugely time-consuming for school leadership teams.

Schools' Choice has recently been accredited as a support and trainer of Arbor Education, a leading cloud-based school management information system (MIS). This collaboration signifies Schools' Choice's commitment to delivering high-quality support for schools across the UK.

On 16 May the National Employers made full and final pay offers to the Staff Sides of the four negotiating groups for which they have responsibility (Local Government Services (Green Book), Craft Workers (Red Book), Chief Officers and Chief Executives.

School staff often face significant stress, impacting both their well-being and the educational environment. It's crucial for schools to actively support their staff in managing this stress effectively.

On 28th March 2024, the Government launched a safeguarding call for evidence, seeking views on child safeguarding practice in schools and colleges to inform the Department for Education’s safeguarding in schools and colleges policy and future editions of Keeping Children Safe in Education.

On 8th March 2024, the Ofsted launched their Big Listen. This consultation seeks the views of all areas of their work, from schools and children’s social care to teacher training and early years. 

As previously confirmed, the employer contribution rates of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) will increase by 5 percentage points, from 23.68% to 28.68% from April 2024. 

On 7th March 2024, the DfE released two new non-statutory Governance Guides, one for maintained schools and one for Academy Trusts, replacing the previous Governance handbook that was withdrawn. These new guides will now serve as the primary DfE source of governance information.

Following a consultation over the summer, the government have now published a revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children.Changes impacting education colleagues are minimal, including the addition of the words ‘help’ and ‘protect’ to the subheading on the front cover, a new chapter entitled ‘A Shared Responsibility’ which strengthens the principles of working with caregivers, the child’s voice and harms outside the home.

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