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Education Update December 2014

Three recent pieces of guidance from DfE:

  • Promoting fundamental British values
  • Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff
  • Data protection guidance for when considering "cloud" software services

Promoting fundamental British values (as part of SMSC)

The DfE have published two versions of new guidance around the promotion of British values; one for academies and independent schools and one for the maintained sector. This guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act. Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/ attachment_data/file/380595/SMSC_Guidance_Maintained_Schools.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/ uploads/attachment_data/file/268826/dept_advice_template_ smscadvicenov13.pdf

Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff

DfE guidance for headteachers and all school staff on how to protect themselves from cyberbullying and how to tackle it if it happens. This reiterates best practice advice such as not being "friends" on social media with pupils or former pupils.

https://www.gov.uk/ government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/374850/ Cyberbullying_ Advice_for_ Headteachers_and_School_Staff_121114.pdf

Departmental advice on data protection for schools considering cloud software services

The DfE has produced new data protection guidance for schools and local authorities, and focuses on data protection requirements to consider, when considering moving some or all software services to internet-based "cloud" software services.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_ data/file /368034 /Cloud-services-software-dept-advice-oct-2014.pdf