Consultation on ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – Friday 3 November 2017

This week I report on the launch of the consultation on changes to statutory guidance on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, new pilot programmes on promoting flexible working for teachers and the opening of the Institute for Teaching which will provide bespoke training programmes for teachers.

Working Together to Safeguarding Children
The DfE has released a consultation on changes to the statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and new related regulations.

The consultation, seeks views on significant revisions to the guidance, which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

DfE pledges new flexible working support
Earlier this week the Education Secretary brought together leading figures from the education sector and the world of business at the first Flexible Working in Schools Summit. She announced new pilot programmes looking at employing teachers flexibly and coaching schemes for women who work in education.

The Government is also publishing a new ‘myth buster’ to help school leaders with questions on recruiting for positions with flexible hours.

Opening of the Institute for Teaching
Yesterday, the Education Secretary opened the Institute for Teaching which has received Government funding to set up bespoke training programmes for teachers at all stage of their careers.

The Institute will operate mainly in the North and central England, including in the Education Secretary’s Opportunity Areas which have been identified as social mobility ‘cold spots’.  The first eight projects to benefit from the fund have now been announced and include programmes focused on leadership, managing challenging pupil behaviour, improving the quality of teaching and phonics.