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Don’t be fooled

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

Don’t be fooled – banning mobiles doesn’t mean the end of technology when improving outcomes in our classrooms.


You kind of expected me to write that. But with the growing calls to ban mobile phones in schools from government, Ofsted and indeed many teachers, headteachers and parents, makes this possibility increasingly likely.

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Six weeks of...

andyAndy Pyper, Safeguarding Manager

Six weeks of...Snapchat, Roblox, Fornite, what could possibly go wrong?

With the end of term being almost upon us, now is a good time to consider what an online summer may hold for your pupils and what support you can provide in the time remaining.

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"They think it's all over!"

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

“They think it’s all over! It is now!”  Well, no, it isn’t actually.


At the time you are reading this, the World Cup is probably well under way. And who knows, England may still be part of it under the captaincy of one Harry Kane. Well, that’s my understanding at the time of writing this prior to the competition actually starting and barring any unwanted injuries to Mr Kane.

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All in it together

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

At the time of writing, there will be thousands of students up and down the country suffering the stress of preparing for exams. The Secret Teacher not only draws attention to this time of year again, but touches too on the stress that this also brings to the teachers and schools who, in some shape or form, are judged by their students’ success. 

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Everyone hates you, why don’t you just kill yourself

andyAndy Pyper, Safeguarding Manager

Or why you need desktop captures as part of your appropriate monitoring.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) formalised the need for appropriate monitoring and the different options available to schools are described on the UK Safer Internet Centre website. They also provide a list of suppliers that have self-certified their monitoring solution to show how it fits with the requirements of KCSIE and this is where schools should carefully consider which solution provides appropriate protection. Sales and marketing being what it is, each supplier will highlight the strengths of their own system but not necessarily make it clear exactly the level of protection they provide, potentially resulting in a false sense of security and leading to the title of this post.

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