Budgies, foul-language and e-learning: tenets for improvement

Simple questions are often the most difficult to answer. A week or two ago I was fortunate enough to work with an “outstanding” Agricultural FE College in Kent. Being a city lad (and a scouser at that) I was of course impressed with the size of the campus and the excellent facilities but completely bowled-over by their[…]

Sexting:don’t do it! …But what if I have?

Preventative messages are important. After all, prevention is better that a cure, this we know. And the best way to avoid risk becoming harm is to manage that risk in a way that is intelligent and predictive. Preventative messages help reduce road accidents, help educate and reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and reduce the[…]

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

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[…]

Online Safety; making consultancy work

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[…]