Teach Secondary had five categories at the heart of secondary teaching and learning – curriculum impact, assessment, safeguarding, SEND and CPD – and compiled a shortlist of 30 finalists; six per category.
Essential CPD provides a cost-effective solution for schools to roll-out statutory training to the entire school workforce.
The ultimate responsibility and accountability for data protection compliance sits with governors and trustees. They should have specific knowledge of data protection relevant to their role to ensure compliance with legislation and the ability to respond to any changes, working closely with the Data Protection Officer (DPO). If your school is found to breach GDPR rules, you may face a hefty fine and a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Senior leaders should be sufficiently aware of the content of GDPR and the Data Protection Act in order to ensure schools have the right things in place to be compliant. As per the Data Protection Act 2018, it is your legal duty to protect the personal data of your students, staff, and visitors. Any establishment that collects personal data (e.g. names, addresses, dates of births, etc) has a legal responsibility to ensure that information is gathered, processed, and stored securely. If your school is found to breach GDPR rules, you may face a hefty fine and a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Data influencers work with data on a daily basis and either create, store, enter, or decide when data will be processed. In addition to general awareness, you should have an additional level of training specific to your role in processing and handling data. As per the Data Protection Act 2018, it is your legal duty to protect the personal data of your students, staff, and visitors. If your school is found to breach GDPR rules, you may face a hefty fine and a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Domestic abuse is a child protection issue that schools must be prepared for. All children can witness and be adversely affected by domestic abuse in the context of their home life where domestic abuse occurs between family members. Exposure to domestic abuse and/or violence can have a serious, long lasting emotional and psychological impact on children.
All schools must have clear policies and procedures that guide day-to-day processes in order to function effectively. Any member of school staff can be given responsibility for the drafting of school policies, and not all of them need to be signed off by the full governing body.
It is a legal requirement that any member of school staff who handles, prepares and serves food must receive adequate training, instruction and supervision in food safety for all the tasks they are asked to carry out. Any member of staff who is involved in food production, preparation or sale must have training.
It is a legal responsibility for anyone who works with food to undertake food hygiene training. Any member of school staff who stores food or sells it has a duty to make sure it is safe and does not cause harm or injury to the consumer.
All school staff should acquire the relevant training to equip them with the knowledge and skills to recognise modern slavery. With an estimated 8.4 million children in slavery in the world today, schools have a significant part to play in identifying and reporting modern slavery to help combat it.
All staff should consider whether children are at risk of abuse or exploitation in situations outside of their families. They should be aware that safeguarding incidents and/or behaviours can be associated with factors outside of the school or college, including criminal exploitation and sexual exploitation.
Female Genital Mutilation is illegal in England and Wales under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. All teachers have a statutory duty under Section 5B to report to the police where they discover (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18. Those failing to report such cases may face disciplinary sanctions.
As per section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014, schools have a legal obligation to support their pupils with any medical conditions, including food allergies. Schools must comply with certain statutory guidance, such as providing students with allergen ingredients’ information for the food they serve (Food Information Regulations 2014) to fulfil their legal responsibilities. Failure to comply with relevant training or with statutory guidance could have severe consequences.
Schools and colleges have a legal responsibility to protect their students from sexual abuse, such as sexual violence and sexual harassment. All staff must stay up to date with the latest safeguarding training to ensure they are compliant with their legal duties. Schools must also implement relevant policies and procedures so that staff can effectively respond to reported incidences whilst complying with statutory guidance.
From autumn 2020, Ofsted will begin a series of interim visits to schools with a view towards resuming full inspections in January 2021. The Ofsted School Inspection Handbook makes it clear that Ofsted inspectors place a large importance on speaking to those responsible for leadership and governance within schools and that it is the responsibility of senior leaders to ensure that schools are prepared for inspection, have discussed inspection plans and have notified the necessary stakeholders.
All schools have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It’s essential that senior leaders and safeguarding leads have a strong understanding of their responsibilities towards child protection and are aware of the challenges they might face in implementing best practice processes and procedures.
All schools must ensure that they have robust policies in place around the selection and suitability of prospective employees and that they are proactively creating a culture of safer recruitment. It’s essential that schools adopt a consistent and rigorous approach towards safer recruitment processes that ensures the wellbeing and safety of children and protects them from harm and abuse.
This course will provide school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and responsible bodies (as duty holders) with practical advice and guidance on how to manage asbestos in educational settings, in line with the 2020 DfE ‘Asbestos Management in Schools’ guidance.
Delivered by award-winning educators, Olly Lewis and Mark Anderson, the course is divided into six easy-to-digest modules and contains links to further learning and case studies, with an assessment test to help you evidence your remote learning compliance.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 places a responsibility on all schools to control substances that are hazardous to health. It is essential that all staff are able to recognise potential hazards, create a safe working environment and respond effectively in the event of an emergency.
Designated Teachers have the responsibility to promote the educational achievement of looked-after and previously looked after children. Governing bodies and proprietors must appoint a Designated Teacher, who must have the appropriate training, relevant qualifications and experience.
Delivered by subject matter expert, Christina Leath, the course has been divided into six easily digestible modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with knowledge tests and assessments to help you evidence your safeguarding compliance.
Delivered by subject matter expert, John Rees, the course has been divided into eight easily digestible modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with an assessment test to help you evidence your compliance.
Delivered by subject matter expert, Lorna Ponambalum, the course has been divided into nine easily digestible modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with knowledge tests and assessments to help you evidence your safeguarding compliance.
Delivered by RSHE subject matter expert, John Rees, the course has been divided into six easily digestible modules and contains references to further learning, resources and activities throughout, with an assessment to help you evidence your fundamental British values compliance.
Delivered by subject matter expert James Whelan, the course contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with a knowledge assessment at the end to help you evidence your compliance in managing asbestos.
Our Essential CPD course in the role of the Designated Mental Health Lead provides you and your staff with the core content you need to ensure adherence with your the statutory requirements of the role.
Our Essential CPD course on Safer Recruitment provides you and your staff with the core content you need to ensure adherence with all your recruitment regulations.
Our Essential CPD course on display screen equipment provides you and your staff with the core content you need to ensure adherence with all your DSE regulations.
Our Essential CPD course on county lines provides you and your staff with the core content you need to ensure you are able to tackle criminal exploitation effectively.
All courses are delivered digitally and made available anytime, anywhere on any device through our award-winning learning hub. Organisations can upload users or send a unique enrolment link to staff to self-enrol.
Our award-winning learning hub provides two useful reporting dashboards to help you onboard users and then track their progress and completion. You can easily review individual learning records and download certificates of completion in bulk.
All courses are certified by the CPD certification service. Each staff member can download their own certificates, or the school manager can bulk download certificates for the entire workforce.
Courses are updated immediately should there be a change in policy for the DfE. We also update our courses every August in preparation for the new academic year.
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Over 10,000 school leaders attend a webinar with The National College each year so we asked them to help us design a CPD solution for their workforce. The feedback was as follows:
Using these guiding principles, The National College worked with schools to develop Essential CPD.
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