Whiskey, Ofsted and E-safety; a recipe for effective practice

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A battle-scarred educator once offered me his measured opinion over the last single malt of the evening at some god-forsaken conference in some god-forsaken hotel at some god-forsaken hour. “There are only two ways to get schools to do anything; inspect it or stick it in a league table”, he smiled …before passing wind and passing out. (Mind you … his view of assessment was that you don’t fatten a pig by weighing […]

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Online Safety; making consultancy work

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360 degree safe, the on-line safety self review tool for schools has proved to be a real success for us here at South West Grid for Learning. With nearly 3000 schools now using the tool and a growing number achieving the associated “E-safety Mark“, it is remarkable how something we developed to standardise our consultancy judgements grew into what is now a multi-award winning on-line tool. And it continues to grow. It’s currently the central metric in a suite of on-line safety tools , […]

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South West Digital Educators Conference, Plymouth University

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I go to and speak at many conferences both national and international and it is easy sometimes to become very cynical and of a mind that one has seen it all before. Today’s SWDEC #swdec was a complete and total breath of fresh air that re-invigorated an old teacher’s jaded palette so much that I left feeling I needed to get back into a classroom as soon as possible to try out […]

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