Not an easy question to answer but I’ll try!
Are you a school that still chooses to use cash and cheques? If so, you will know what a huge administrative task it is to ensure all money is counted, reconciled and banked. You probably also know that your school is possibly the last remaining place anyone needs to use cheques!
Safeguarding. It’s a term we in education have become used to, but what does it really mean? Most teachers probably think it’s about protecting children from bullying, cyberbullying, and inappropriate content or behaviour online. But a brief glance at the Government's Safeguarding website demonstrates that there is much more to it:
The rise in teacher workloads has meant that teachers are spending more time dedicated to their profession, with less time spent on themselves. Teachers have cited planning, marking and data tasks as the biggest cause of their increased workload, yet with the right technology these tasks can be reduced, meaning teachers can spend more time teaching while at the same time achieve a better work-life balance.
We are currently in the midst of one of the worst teacher shortages we’ve ever seen. Cuts to funding and an upsurge in teacher workload have left many questioning their place in the profession. In addition to the increase in planning, marking and feedback – let alone taking classes, teachers are increasingly having to prove their worth, with added pressures coming from both the Government as well as school Senior Leadership Teams.
According to the management guru Peter Drucker, the best way to predict the future is to create it. This applies very much to issues of attendance, truancy, lateness and general data gathering. It’s much easier to try to make sure things go right from the outset than to try to steer them back on course once they’ve gone wrong.
The Data Protection Act as we know and love it in the UK dates back to 1998 in its original form. It was a far-reaching, even visionary, piece of legislation. But at that time the web was in its infancy, the Google search engine was in beta mode and social media hadn’t been ‘invented’ — Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, was only 14 years old at the time.
Let’s start by examining the term ‘too late’. What does it mean: how long out of school is too long?
The surprising — and perhaps shocking — answer is that even one day out of school can affect a pupil’s academic achievement. In March last year, the Department for Education issued a press release summarising its latest research:
According to the University of Salford, as of September 2016, 2,075 out of 3,381 secondary schools in England had become academies and 2,440 of the 16,766 primary schools had gained academy status. However, the hitherto inexorable rise of multi-academy trusts may not necessarily continue completely unabated.