The Evolution of Digital Literacy

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[…]

Ofsted Education Inspection Framework Consultation; a response from SWGfL

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[…]

Screentime or Screenuse?

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[…]

A “Journey” into Social and Emotional Gaming

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[…]

The Fickle Flame of Reputation

“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[…]

Growing Up Social

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[…]

Bursting the Bubble: why Online Safety Education needs to EVOLVE

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[…]