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Quest News Issue 83 - 1st May 2023



"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.


Welcome to Issue 83 of Quest News. We have 13 hours of off-the-job training for apprentices in care and education to read and learn.


Events of the week

May 6th The Coronation

A coronation is a royal tradition that marks the crowning of a monarch (a king or queen) and announces the bestowing of their regal powers (the powers given to a king or queen). In the UK, the monarch is presented with royal objects and the crown is placed on their head. This is a big day in UK history and the first coronation since 1953

Approx. 60 mins


Video

Soham Murders

The brutal murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman shocked the entire country.

Approx. 120 mins


Legislation of the week - Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.

It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

Approx. 60 mins


Safeguarding and ED & I


Talk relationships

NSPCC Learning has published new resources as part of its Talk Relationships service which provides support to secondary school teachers with sex and relationships education. The updated resources now include: lesson plans for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); lesson plans available in the Welsh language and from 26th April, a new e-learning course for school leaders.

Approx. 30 mins


Parental mental health problems

NSPCC Learning has published an updated Learning from case review briefing outlining risk factors and learning for improved practice around parental mental health and child welfare. The briefing, which looks at case reviews published between 2016 and 2022, highlights that professionals from adult and children’s services need to work together to safeguard children when there are signs that a parent’s mental ill-health is impacting their ability to look after their child.

Approx. 30 mins


Early years toolkit

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning (PEDAL), have launched a new resource to support local areas in a shared understanding of mental health in infancy and early childhood. This practical resource will support service leaders, commissioners and policy teams to develop a whole-system approach to support the emotional wellbeing of babies and young children now, as well as laying strong foundations for positive mental health throughout their lives.

Approx. 30 mins


Online safety (2 articles)

South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) has published a podcast episode which discusses having conversations with young people about pornography. The podcast looks at how to address young people’s understanding of relationships and body image in pornography and highlights the challenges of addressing pornography in schools.

Approx. 45 mins


The National Crime Agency’s Virtual Global taskforce has published a news story on child sexual abuse calling on technology companies to address potentially concerning system design decisions. The taskforce is urging companies to ensure encryption plans are balanced with the importance of safeguarding children online.

Approx. 30 mins


Planning School Trips - Educational Authority

In the UK we are now finally coming out of a long autumn-winter period. With the onset of Spring, it’ll soon be the prime season for school trips and outings. As the weather warms up, the temptation to take your classes to educational sites across the country will emerge. But safeguarding and risk prevention does not stop at the school gates. In fact, the safeguarding needs of children and young people are even greater outside of school premises. Yet there are specific safeguarding requirements whilst undertaking these outer-school exercises. Over at Educational Authority, they have published a series of downloadable documents to help you plan and risk manage your school trips. If you’re interested in taking a look please follow the link below:

Approx. 30 mins


Capture Video - Financial Times

In a recently published video by financial times films, gives an important insight to the impact of social media on our children and our family life. The video is well worth a watch and in particular encouraging parents to watch. This video has been used with parents groups, and they were shocked. The video led them to reconsider how they talk to their children about, their social media use. You can find the video on YouTube by following the link below:

Approx. 30 mins


Online Safety - New Filtering and Monitoring Standards

At the end of March, the Department for Education introduced new filtering and monitoring standards to help education settings improve their online safety procedures for children and young people.


Key areas covered include:

• DSLs taking more responsibility within day-to-day management of filtering and monitoring systems;

• regularly testing efficiency across devices (at least annually);

• documenting robustness;

• assessment and consideration for strategies that meet safeguarding needs.


You can access the new standards here, and use this guidance from the UK Safer Internet Centre to help you fulfil your filtering and monitoring responsibilities and protect children and young people from harmful online content.

Approx. 40 mins


Report Remove guidance

We have published guidance on the new resources developed to help professionals understand and promote Report Remove. Report Remove is a tool developed by Childline and The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) that enables children and young people to report a nude image or video shared online, to see if it's possible to get it taken down.

Approx. 30 mins


'A child is going to lose their life': Sickening trend of children filming attacks on other kids

The National Bullying Helpline has told Sky News there was an "escalating problem of children filming violence against other children then uploading to social media".

Approx. 30 mins


SHAMELESS Shock moment killer stepdad Kyle Bevan lies to cops after leaving Lola James with 101 injuries as mum sobs in 999 call

THIS is the shocking moment a killer stepdad lied to police about how he left a toddler with 101 injuries in a "frenzied" attack.

Tragically, there was not one part of two-year-old Lola James' body that wasn't bruised following a campaign of torture.

Approx. 30 mins


Health & Safety


HSE launches new disability in the workplace podcast

A new HSE podcast discusses how businesses can create an inclusive approach to workplace health.

In November 2022 HSE published new principles and guidance to support disabled workers and workers with long-term health conditions to remain in work.


This is in support of Health is Everyone’s Business (HiEB), the government’s commitment to better support the lives of disabled people.

In the latest episode of the HSE podcast, the simple principles and practical examples are discussed by Moya Woolley (Occupational Health Policy Team Leader at HSE) and Rebecca Hyrslova (Policy Advisor at Federation of Small Businesses).

Approx. 30 mins




Wider Curriculum


Northwood Primary head teacher resigns after Ofsted inspection

An Isle of Wight head teacher has said an Ofsted inspection was "the straw that broke the camel's back" and forced her to leave her job.

Approx. 30 mins


More children in care placed far from home, increasing risk of lower wellbeing, finds research

Charity Become finds those with multiple placements at greater risk of being moved far from home, as it urges government action to end inappropriate placements over 20 miles from home

Approx. 30 mins


What disabled children’s abuse inquiry means for social workers and councils

Last year's report on the abuse of disabled children in residential care questioned practice across all the councils involved. In a follow-up, government advisers have set out how safeguarding can improve

Approx. 30 mins


‘Outdated’ law on social care for disabled children will be reviewed

Government invites Law Commission to examine how legislative 'patchwork' affects access to support for children and their parents, with a view to making system fairer and more effective

Approx. 30 mins


National Guidance Revisions - Outdoor Education Advisors Panel

The Outdoor Educational Advisors Panel has made revisions to its national guidance on outdoor education. The OEAP is the lead body for guidance, advice and training related to outdoor learning. An important part of educating children about the world around them, in an interactive manner. Its revisions have seen the publication of a Welsh translation of their national guidance document, across the board rewrites to facilitate easier comprehension and numerical corrections throughout. It’s an essential document for any school wishing to embark on outdoors learning. You can find the amended national guidance document, and a list of amendments by following the links below:

Approx. 30 mins


Teacher & Education Staff Discounts

Whether you're a teacher, teaching assistant, cleaner, canteen staff or work in any role in education, we have a huge range of money saving deals and vouchers, from discount holidays, money off fashion fixes through to deals on gym membership, mobile phones, and utilities. Your hard work should be rewarded. We’re here to make sure you are.











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