New KCSIE for September – Friday 27 May 2022

This week I highlight the publication of the new KCSIE for implementation on 1st September, new DfE guidance on its aim for all schools to be in a MAT or with plans to join or form one by 2030 and confirmation of the continuation of free NPQs and additional qualifications in Early Years Leadership and Leading Literacy.

KCSIE for September 2022
The DfE has published its new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education which will come into force on 1 September, at the start of the new academic year. 

A change of particular note is that governors and trustees should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection (including online) training at induction. The guidance states that this training should equip them with the knowledge to provide strategic challenge to test and assure themselves that the safeguarding policies and procedures in place in their school are effective and support the delivery of a robust whole school approach to safeguarding. It also states that governor training should be regularly updated.

At the start of each academic year we have been recommending that all governors complete the LA’s online training and we will need to make sure that it is still fit for purpose.  I will as part of the new governor induction process provide a link to the online training and make clear the expectation that it must be completed within the first few weeks of becoming a governor.

DfE publishes plans outlining next steps following the Schools White Paper
On Wednesday the DfE published its next steps as part of its aim for all schools to be in a MAT, or with plans to join or form one by 2030, in its guidance ‘Implementing school system reform in 2022 to 2023’. 

The Schools White Paper also set out the DfE’s intent to allow LAs to establish new MATs in areas lacking strong trusts. The DfE has now published guidance for LAs on the government’s plans for a “test and learn exercise for 2022 to 2023” and how LAs can submit a registration of interest to test the concept of an LA-established MAT.

Given the discussions we have had in our governing body meetings this half term the documents are helpful to aid governors understanding in this area.

Teacher training qualifications to continue to be free for the next 2 years
National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) – will continue to be free for teachers to take for the next two academic years (2022/23 and 2023/24) and additional payments to small schools are being introduced. The Targeted Support Fund will give a grant payment of £200 per participant to schools with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ.

The availability of NPQs is also being extended, with two new NPQs set to be introduced in Early Years Leadership – to support school leaders in their work to ensure every child gets the best start in life – and Leading Literacy, to develop school leaders’ expertise in the teaching of reading and writing.