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Welcome to the end of January newsletter.  Normal service has been resumed for this month at least following the deluge of guidance and research reports published by the DfE and other education agencies in the run up to the Christmas and new year holiday. This month, the newsletter focuses on three main and topical themes.

Following the publication of the government’s long awaited careers strategy, careers guidance and employer engagement in schools has emerged as a major policy drive.  The DfE has updated and considerably strengthened its statutory guidance to schools about careers guidance and ensuring fair and equal access to all education and training providers.  As this is statutory, it is likely to have greater focus in Ofsted inspections so familiarisation with the new requirements is strongly to be advised. On the back of the careers strategy, the House of Commons policy briefing on careers guidance in schools is a useful introduction.  In this section we also include the National Audit Office (NAO)’s recent report on delivering STEM skills for the economy and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)’s report on employer engagement in education.

In terms of Ofsted inspections, we include the latest raft of guidance and prototypes of Ofsted’s new approach to using data – the inspection data summary report (ISDR).  Ofsted has developed these data reports following the demise of RAISE on-line to be replaced by the Analyse School Performance service.  We have published earlier draft versions of these documents in previous newsletters.  However, these are the most recent and updated versions.  We would also recommend visiting the Ofsted web site for full details of when and how ISDR will be used to inform and underpin inspections.

Another key development is the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.  The GDPR will replace the requirements of the Data Protection Act and places new responsibilities on schools and academies both as employers and in terms of the pupil data they hold.  While this is a general requirement that applies to all organisations, school leaders and governors need to be aware of their new responsibilities and ensure the requirements are fully in place by the deadline date. We have therefore published the Information Commissioner’s Office helpful guide to what needs to be done to prepare for the introduction of GDPR and the DfE’s recent publication of suggested text for the required privacy notices for pupils, parents and the school workforce.

The General section contains the Children’s Commissioner’s recent report on the impact and use of social media among children aged 8-12 years. We have also included the Local Government Association (LGA’s) recent report on how local authorities can continue to enable school improvement and Ofqual’s report on decisions the watchdog has recently made about assessments in GCSE computer science.

Since this is such a short term, the next newsletter will be published just before the end of term and the spring holiday.  In the meantime, as ever, we hope you find something here of interest and welcome your feedback about the newsletter’s format and content.

We hope you find our newsletters helpful and, as always, welcome your feedback.

Best wishes
The Navigate Team

Careers Guidance and Employer Engagement


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

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