Technology continues to grow at great speed, outstripping our ability as a society to understand and mitigate against these negative impacts. More must be done to protect young people so that they can enjoy social media safely and responsibly.
Nationally most schools have received reports of pupils being regularly exposed to upsetting material and content on social media sites including:
Social media increase issues with body image and self-confidence due to the relentless pressure to compare and share among peer groups, the vulnerability of the young to predators in chat rooms, and the addictive and often graphic violence on games.
Not only are incidents on social media affecting pupil’s mental health, some incidents are also subject to criminal offences that can be mitigated through effective communication with pupils.
One on-going issue is pupils using social media apps such as Snapchat, and Instagram etc., is to share sexualized images of each other.
Note, that any distribution or possession of a naked sexualized picture/video of a Child Under 18 is an indecent image. This is a criminal offence that could lead to a police prosecution.
Parents need to take responsibility for their children’s social media, but schools can also play a role in protecting children and are encouraged to continue awareness to remind pupils and parents of the risks it brings.
One of the most important ways of protecting children is to educate them so they can learn to recognise potential dangers for themselves.
Northumbria Police are encouraging school staff and parents to familiarise themselves with the online safety guide for parents and carers for social media apps and platforms:
Click here to view this website.
Dealing with an intruder
As the constant threat on our public and services remains prevalent, schools should refresh
their awareness in the risk mitigation and incident response processes when dealing with
A stranger in the school should be regarded as an intruder until proven otherwise.
Prevention and Mitigation
Outside of the times when children are coming to school or leaving, perimeter gates (apart from that leading to the main entrance) are locked to prevent any unwanted presence on the school grounds.
Access to buildings within the perimeter is controlled through the main entrance monitored by the School Office. The normal operations of the school are conducted within a secure environment.
Regular checks of perimeter security with rapid repair of any breaches.
Enforcement of security policy.
Notification of an intruder will probably come from a staff member or pupil. It may involve a perceived threat or actual physical attack that requires an urgent external response.
Action to be taken includes:
Anyone not wearing a school-issued security badge should be politely challenged and accompanied to Reception if they have a legitimate reason for being in the school.
The Receptionist should ask the visitor the purpose of their visit, ask them to sign-in, issue a security badge and contact the staff member being visited
If there is no legitimate reason for being in the school:
· The staff member must ask the intruder to leave the school and inform the Head immediately.
· The staff member should record a description of the intruder and call the police if necessary.
· If the intruder is abusive or causes a nuisance in the school, staff must not take direct action
but send for help as soon as possible.
. Staff must never put their own safety at risk.
· If the intruder refuses to leave, inform the police that there is a threat to those in the school.
· The Head will decide whether other schools should be informed of the incident.
The police cannot arrest an intruder for trespass unless there is a breach of the peace but do have the power of arrest if there is a ‘minor nuisance’. They may be able to help solve the problem without resorting to arrest.
For further information contact:
Business Continuity, Risk and Resilience Team
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 277 4410
Funding to raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds
Funding Available to Schools to Raise the Attainment of Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber) 5th March 2019
Schools in the North of England can apply for funding from SHINE to help raise the attainment for children from low income homes. The funding is available to try out new ideas to improve teaching and learning in schools and help the best ideas grow to scale.
The funding aims to address the following priorities:
Ready for School: improving the school readiness of children during the reception year, with a priority focus on language and communication skills (age 4-5)
Bridging the Gap: supporting vulnerable children who may not meet Age Related Expectations at primary school to make better academic progress during Key Stage 3 (age 9-14)
Flying High: supporting high attaining students to build on their achievements at primary school and stay on a high attaining trajectory during the first few years at secondary school (age 9-14)
The funding is being made available through the educational charity Shine and funding decisions are made four times a year typically in March, June, September and December.
Any grants to non-school organisations, including to other charities, will need to involve a strong element of co-delivery and/or training for schools, with the aim of the project becoming sustainable without SHINE over time.
On average, it takes 3-6 months between initial contact with the SHINE office to a grants decision being reached.
If you have an idea which you think may meet our funding criteria, please submit your idea via the SHINE website or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a basic outline detailing the following points, in no more than 3-4 paragraphs:
An overview of the project and its aims, specifically related to academic attainment in maths, literacy or science;
How it would meet SHINE’s core priorities;
The number of beneficiaries and schools it would reach; and
The overall project budget and size of request to SHINE.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
More info: https://www.shinetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/
Before you let us know about your idea for al project, please read our Application Guidelines, our FAQs, and take a look at examples of projects which have won funding in previous years, which are attached.
Director's Primary Heads Briefing - change of date
Please note, due to a clash with the Diocesan Primary Heads meeting. we have changed the date of the next Director's Primary Heads meeting to Wednesday 12 June.
The meeting will still be held at the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, 8.30 for a 9.00 a.m. start.
Message from Mark Patton, Assistant Director: Education and Skills
I would like to take up a few moments of your time to introduce myself. I am delighted to say that I took up the permanent post of Assistant Director for Education & Skills with the Council on 1st April – no April Fool; I am here for the foreseeable future. There is much to do.
A little bit about me: I taught for nearly 20 years in North Tyneside in secondary schools (Marden and Willington/Churchill) where I also cut my teeth in school leadership as a Head of Year, Head of Department and senior leader; during that time I worked with some of the current headteachers in Newcastle when we were in very different roles, and some of the staff in Newcastle schools too. I have been a governor in primary and secondary schools, and I am currently on the Board of Governors at Sunderland College. I worked in North Tyneside Council’s education team for a number of years with responsibilities including BSF, school improvement and latterly oversight of SEND and EAL support to schools; I trained as an inspector and led many Ofsted inspections across the north of England. I moved to Hartlepool Borough Council six-and-a-half years ago and spent the last three years there as the Assistant Director for Education where I was lucky enough to work alongside many wonderful schools, education partners and local authority staff. Away from work, my twin passions are travelling and basketball, and I am occasionally lucky enough to combine the two as a tutor of officials across Europe. I am proud of the fact that I was one of only six officials to be selected to officiate at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012.
Why do I want to work in Newcastle? Well, frankly, who wouldn’t!
a City that’s going places with a rich cultural heritage and huge ambitions for all of its citizens
opportunities offered by the Devolution Deal through the North of Tyne Combined Authority
educational ambitions of the Promise Board for Newcastle’s children and workforce
immediate challenges around: co-producing a responsive and flexible provision offer for children with SEND; attendance at school; movement of children between schools within the City and beyond which is unsettling; provision and outcomes of our disadvantaged secondary-aged children; sufficiency of school places across the City, and in localities; and all of this within a new Education Inspection Framework from Ofsted without any reflected review of the school accountability framework by the DfE.
I believe that by working together we can make a genuine difference to the life chances of the children and young people in Newcastle, and the families in the communities we serve.
I hope that you will understand that it will take some time for me to get to each and every school in the City. As I said above – there is much to do. However, I will be seeing some of you over the coming weeks and months at meetings of the Promise Board, Schools’ Forum and headteacher briefings. I look forward to meeting and chatting with you, your children, your staff and your governors in due course.
Assistant Director: Education & Skills