This week I highlight the publication of the draft revised statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education and revised Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges guidance; as well as research which indicates the performance of summer born children who start school a year later is not statistically significant and updated guidance on Charging for school activities.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Yesterday the DfE published its response to the consultation on the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KSIE). The consultation had provided an opportunity to comment on proposed revisions made across all parts of the guidance as well as an opportunity to comment on the effectiveness of recently published sexual violence and sexual harassment advice.
At the same time, it published a draft of the revised KCSIE guidance for information so that schools could plan for commencement of the guidance on 3 September 2018. Until the new revised guidance commences in September schools should continue to use the September 2016 version.
One of the actions resulting from the consultation was that the DfE will be recruiting organisations to join a new online safety working group. The body will not only help schools ensure pupils’ online safety but will also help them educate parents and carers.
The DfE also published revised Child on Child Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment advice applicable to all schools, including primary schools, on how to best support children of all ages.
Late-starting summer-born pupils don’t get better phonics check results
According to new research from the DfE summer-born pupils granted permission to start school a year later only score on average 0.87 points more on their first formal test than summer-born pupils who start school aged four. The research found the improvement in phonics score made by those allowed to delay starting school was “not statistically significant”. The research is the first to analyse the formal test results of a cohort of late-entry summer-born pupils since admissions rules changed in 2014.
Charging for school activities
On Tuesday the DfE published revised guidance to help schools set out their policies on charging for school activities and visits. It had been updated to reflect new Universal Credit regulations.