Consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education – Friday 15 December 2017

This week I report on the consultation on the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education, the publication of new non statutory guidance on peer-on-peer abuse, the Government’s launch of a plan to boost social mobility through education and the Chief Inspector of Ofsted’s first annual report.

Consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education opens and advice on peer-on-peer abuse is published
A new consultation seeks views on revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), the statutory guidance to which all schools and colleges must have regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The aim is to help schools and colleges to better understand what they are required to do by law and what DfE strongly advises they should do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Changes have been made throughout the document to reflect the changes being made, in parallel, to the document Working Together to Safeguard Children (WT). WT is being consulted on separately and any resulting revisions to the final version will be reflected in KCSIE.

In addition, the consultation is also seeking views on new non-statutory advice covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

Launch of plan to boost social mobility through education
The national plan for dealing with social mobility through education was published this week. Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential sets out how the Government will try to remove obstacles that could stop people from achieving their potential. There are five core ambitions: four which span across each life phase – the early years, school, post-16 education, and careers – and a fifth overarching ambition focusing on delivering better educational and career outcomes more evenly across the whole country. It sets out action and investment in a range of areas including:

  • £50 million to boost school nursery provision in some of the most challenging areas, so more children benefit from early education support before they arrive at primary school.
  • A consultation on proposals to enhance early careers support and professional development for teachers, in particular those working in challenging schools and areas.
  • A new £23 million Future Talent Fund to trial a range of new teaching approaches to support the education of the most-able children from less well-off communities.

HMCI launches her first Ofsted annual report
In her first annual report as HMCI, Amanda Spielman has said the life chances of the majority of young people are “the best they ever have been”. However, she also noted “areas of persistent under-performance”, with the report identifying about 130 schools which have not improved for up to 10 years.