This week I highlight the publication of DfE guidance for governors on education recovery, the launch of the DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy and its implications for schools and free cyber security checks for schools provided by the National Cyber Security Centre.
Education recovery guidance
During the Easter holidays the DfE published guidance for school governors and academy trustees about the programmes and activities it is funding to support education recovery and children and young people’s wellbeing.
The guidance is intended to support governors and trustees to have effective discussions about education recovery plans within their school or trust. It offers some suggested questions that governors and trustees may wish to ask school and trust leaders and gives an overview of the support available to schools.
DfE Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy
Last week the DfE launched its Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy which includes the launch of a new natural History GCSE. The strategy sets out DfE actions for this calendar year including:
- covering climate change and sustainability in science teachers’ continuing professional development
- delivering pilots through the National Education Nature Park, which will test an approach for sharing university climate expertise and learning opportunities with colleges, schools and nurseries
- sharing best practice in early years settings, schools, colleges and universities, so teachers and leaders can consider how best to integrate within their own settings
- considering where further steps could be taken to support the teaching of sustainability in relevant subjects
By 2023 the DfE will:
- develop a Primary Science Model Curriculum to include an emphasis on nature to ensure all children understand the world around them
- support the National Climate Education Action Plan in setting up an independent expert body for the validation and creation of climate education resources that support the delivery of the national curriculum
- provide free access to high-quality curriculum resources through the National Education Nature Park online hub
- provide the opportunity for all staff (teaching, leadership and support) to build their understanding of climate change and sustainability by receiving shared carbon literacy training through their sustainability leads within their setting
NCSC offers free cyber-security checks to schools
The National Cyber Security Centre has invited all schools to register for two of their free services to protect against cyber-attacks:
- Web check – to find and fix common security vulnerabilities within their website
- Mail check – to assess email security compliance and adopt secure email standards
Both services are part of the NCSC’s active cyber defence program. To access the services schools will need to register for an NCSC account.