from Ken Corish at SWGfL
In these unique times, when we are considering the closure of schools for indefinite periods of time to limit the spread of Covid-19, attention is drawn to strategies that allow learning to continue without the physical geography of school. Suddenly, we are hearing a lot of commentary on social media feeds and in the press[…]
The replacement of SWGfL’s current Digital Literacy Curriculum resource with its comprehensive and innovative programme ProjectEVOLVE, due for release in mid-Autumn 2019. It’s complicated We find ourselves in a world where information drives society and for many media businesses, it’s a valuable commodity. In the centuries before us it was coal; iron; cotton; oil: now[…]
If you work in education, you may already be aware of the proposed changes to Ofsted inspection schedules that affect early years, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills. The draft inspection handbooks for those remits are published HERE. Ofsted is keen to seek your views on their proposals for[…]
Flipping the conversation with young people using SWGfL EVOLVE. It has been difficult to miss the current discussions around the apparent invasive nature of technology on our lives and general-well-being, culminating in the publication by the UK Chief Medical Officer of “Screen-based activities and children and young people’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing: a systematic[…]
Turn to the topic of bullying, whether it’s a conference or a dinner party, and people’s perspectives vary widely; but mostly drawn from their own experiences. It’s a very personal thing to discuss. Many people can relate to times in their lives when they may have felt isolated; targeted; at the receiving end of something[…]
Fortnite, anybody? No…I thought not. Focusing on gaming experiences that present us with a theatre to approach some of the most complex aspects of how we shape our child’s social and emotional development is becoming increasingly more important. Opportunities that ride on the capacity that games have for engagement; interaction and immersion. Like any SEL[…]
“Reputation is in itself only a farthing-candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.” Introduction So says James Russell Lowell in “Keats Literary Essays” during the mid-nineteenth century when one’s personal deeds, achievements, moral codes and standing was the measure of a[…]
Thousands of years of human social evolution have seen the human race evolve complex linguistic and physical systems to enable communication with each other: vocabulary; intonation; body language; facial expression; gestures; eye contact; skin flushing. And they differentiate across the planet according to culture, belief, experience and custom. These evolved, sometimes innate, finely tuned behaviours[…]
Self-Image and Identity Social media and online technology often capitalises on our fascination with ourselves. Whether it’s the ubiquitous selfie, what we’re eating, where we are, who we are with, what we are doing; there are a whole host of apps and services that allow us to present ourselves in our best light and share[…]
The old argument goes: “Technology changes so fast that we can’t keep pace with it enough to successfully influence children’s online behaviour. They know so much more about it than us and we have a lot to learn. “ Well whilst it’s true that technology rapidly shape shifts in front of our very eyes, human[…]
Tools and services Ken has developed
360 Degree Safe
This free online safety self review tool for schools is the starting point for developing an effective strategy for online safeguarding. This multi-award winning service is used by over 12000 schools with versions in Wales, Scotland and England. Over 200 schools have te 360 Online Safety Mark accreditation.
BOOST is an award-winning online safety suite of tools that adds sophistication and additional functionality to your online safety strategy. With industry standard reputation tracking; anonymous reporting; incident management and staff development, this toolset allows schools to protect and empower the whole community.
Based on the UKCCIS framework “Education for a Connected World”, EVOLVE is an holistic guide to our online lives. From early years through to 18 years old, it provides the opportunity to shape and inform the dialogue any professional needs when guiding children and young people’s behaviour with online technology.
The online safety self review tool for any organisation working with young children. This resource is easy to use and provide you with a ready made development plan that supports your safeguarding strategy. For nurseries, playgroups and playcentres.
Ken Corish? Who?
A short biography
Ken is Online Safety Director and SMT member with South West Grid for Learning Trust drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as a BECTA award-winning Education Adviser with Plymouth's ICT Team.
Ken's broad canvas of experience and engaging presentation style has seen him work with a wide range of educators and agencies. He has trained all Education, Social Care and Early Years HMIs in aspects of online safeguarding and is responsible for shaping inspector guidance and training in online safety. He also regularly contributes to online safety guidance and policy for UK Government.
He developed and wrote the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and Online Compass tool. Along with fellow director, David Wright, he also created the BETT award-winning BOOST toolset for children's settings and was responsible for producing the UKCCIS framework "Education for a Connected World".
He works with a broad range of national and international organisations and has spoken at global conferences in the Middle East, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Greece, Spain, Estonia, Europe and the US. He has recently written Online Safety standards with AQDAR for schools in UAE which won a prestigious United Nation WSIS Award 2017.
He is a published author and musician with four daughters and seven grandchildren in sunny Devon.
Planning, self review and monitoring
Inspection and achievement
Training and accreditation