This week I highlight free cyber security sessions for school staff and governors, the announcement of additional funding to train senior mental health leads in schools, the publication of new non-statutory attendance guidance and the Schools Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech.
Free cyber security training
London Grid for Learning and the National Cybersecurity Centre (part of GCHQ) are offering a free cyber security training session to raise awareness and help school staff manage some of the key cyber threats facing schools. The free course, aimed at senior staff and governors, runs on 6 and 22 June from 4-5pm and on 6 July from 9-10am and you can book a place on one of the sessions here.
Additional funding to train senior mental health leads in schools and colleges
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the DfE this week announced a further £7 million for schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead, bringing the total amount of funding for 2022/23 to £10 million.
Senior Mental Health Leads will play an important role in helping schools and colleges embed a culture of openness when it comes to mental health, whilst also forging stronger links with local health services to ensure young people can access the right level of support. More information can be found using this link to the DfE’s website.
DfE releases new school attendance guidance
The DfE has published new non-statutory guidance to help schools, governing boards and LAs maintain high levels of school attendance. The guidance, in effect from September 2022, summarises the various roles and responsibilities of parents and those involved in education, the legal interventions available to schools and LAs, and what schools are required to record in their attendance and admission registers.
Schools Bill announced in Queen’s Speech
The government’s Schools Bill was announced this week as part of the Queen’s speech . The government has committed to providing all children with equal opportunities and the plan for more schools to become academies. The DfE has published policy statements providing a description of each measure which sets out what the government aims to achieve, why the legislation is needed, the effects of the legislation and how the legislation will work in practice. To review all of the documents please use this link.