from Ken Corish at SWGfL
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[…]
Introduction Since the release of the Byron Report in 2008 and the subsequent Government action plan that saw the creation of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), online safety has been a significant area that remains at the heart of child protection within the UK. It is becoming increasingly apparent that technology[…]
Introduction Since late last year SWGfL have been involved in a project with the European Commission DG Justice to develop an approach to bullying that shifts from the linear perpetrator/victim to understanding and influencing the wider social dynamic around these incidents. The project focuses on developing the emotional intelligence of students (in this pilot 12-14[…]
Online Safety: what can I expect from my school? Sexting? Addiction? Gaming? Cyberbullying? Grooming? There doesn’t seem a day goes by when the media headlines doesn’t draw panicked attention to the risks young people face in the online world they seem to inhabit with such disdain and immersion. And as parents, we feel entitled to[…]
Parents: the keystone in a successful online safety strategy When schools began their journey over a decade ago to embrace technology and connectivity within the classroom, there was one overriding consideration. The need to ensure duty of care in providing a safe place for children and young people to be. Whilst broadband connectivity offered immense[…]
Introduction The removal of ancillary inspection briefing sheets for inspectors from the Ofsted website in June of this year signalled a mixture of responses from those whose work concerns effective online safety strategies. For schools the briefing sheet “Inspecting E-safety” was a useful set of criteria and questions that assisted in aligning existing practice. For those involved with supporting[…]
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 children and young people. Early years; scouts; youth groups; libraries; faith groups; sports groups. This resource is easy to use and provide you with a ready made development plan that supports your safeguarding strategy.
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