Inspectors are currently being advised on the new guidelines for Compliance with the major changes being the ‘understanding’ of KCSIE 2016 for staff, greater focus than ever on Anti-Bullying policies and the differentiated SEFs required for schools that must be readied for when the call comes. Staff understanding and familiarity with the policies is a must, as is the evidence to show that they understand and have had the chance to ask questions.
The Single Central Register (SCR) has new requirements for schools to meet, and extra columns to be filled! The historic paperwork is still a factor and must be addressed to ensure compliance. It is crucial that schools have a format that reflects all of this, measured alongside a hard copy set of files for access.
In terms of legalities there are a few new highlights to bear in mind, not the least of which pertains to ensuring that job descriptions have safeguarding descriptors within them. One or two others relate to ensuring SEND is reflected in the online safety policy, that peer on peer abuse is reflected in your safeguarding and that your DSL‘s check (with LADO/LCSB) the need for face to face training, topped up by annual online training.
Some aspects remain the same, such as the significance of ensuring that schools are matched favourably against the ISSRs, including Welfare, Health and Safety (Part 3) and Suitability of Staff and Proprietors (Part 4), both of which have a heavy focus on safeguarding.
Recently here at Pownall, we also asked Andrew Goff at www.schoolsocialmedia.com to carry out a social media scan of the school. This was vital as it is now within the remit of the inspection teams undertake social media searches within school boundaries as a part of the inspection process to ensure children are not at risk. These scans also reveal any breaches by 3rd parties who use your grounds and facilities, for which you are ultimately responsible.
If you have any questions arising from this update, please do get in touch.