Revised Statutory Guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education – Friday 27 May 2016

This week I report on the publication of the draft Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance that will be used from early September, that applications are now invited for schools to apply for this year’s character grants and Lord Sugar has been appointed as the Government’s new Enterprise Tsar.

DFE RESPONSE TO THE KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION STATUTORY GUIDANCE CONSULTATION
Yesterday the DfE published its response to the consultation on revising the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory guidance together with the revised draft guidance that will be used from 5 September 2016.

The proposed changes primarily impact Parts 1 and 2 of the guidance (and associated Annexes) with a number of factual or drafting changes made to Part 3. The DfE has published the draft of the revised guidance now so that schools and colleges can plan for the commencement of the guidance on 5 September 2016. Until the new guidance commences in September the existing statutory guidance is still in force and is what schools and colleges must continue to have regard to.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOLS HELPING PUPILS TO DEVELOP CHARACTER
Applications for this year’s character grants (a scheme that began in 2015 to fund schools and organisations promoting traits such as resilience and respect through activities such as sports, debating or music) are now invited. Schools, colleges and organisations can apply for a share of the £6 million fund until 23 June, with grants expected to be awarded by the end of September.

LORD SUGAR APPOINTED AS THE GOVERNMENT’S ENTERPRISE TSAR
Lord Sugar has been appointed Enterprise Tsar as part of the Government’s drive to get more young people to consider starting their own business or undertaking an apprenticeship.   He will also be encouraging businesses to take on apprentices themselves and will be undertaking a series of roadshow events across England, speaking to local school leavers and businesses.