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June 7, 2023

2023 release of Keeping Children Safe in Education

  • Updated statutory guidance from the Department of Education, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) has been released.
  • This guidance applies to all schools and colleges and sets out the legal duties staff must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.
  • All school and college staff must read part 1 of the guidance.
  • The 2022 version is still in force and the 2023 version will come into force on 1 September 2023.
  • For more, please see the UK Government website.

Twitter failing to deal with Child Sexual Abuse Material, says Stanford Internet Observatory

  • Researchers at the Stanford Internet Observatory have reported that Twitter have failed to deal with 40 items of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) over a two-month period between March and May this year.
  • The team of researchers used Twitter’s API to gather the metadata of 100,000 tweets and scanned it for images containing CSAM using Microsoft’s PhotoDNA tool.
  • PhotoDNA automatically hashes images and compares them with known illegal images of young people held on the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NMEC).
  • In January 2023, Twitter Safety had suspended around 404,000 accounts that created or engaged with CSAM material.
  • NMEC discovered problems with CSAM detection mechanisms and reported the issue in April this year, however, the problem is still persisting.
  • For more, please visit Forbes website.

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Nearly a third of primary schools have no male classroom teachers

  • Only 35% of secondary school teachers in England are male, according to a Warwick Business School report.
  • The researchers stated that boys from poorer backgrounds, would benefit from having a male teacher in the school, however, they are less likely to have one.
  • The report argued that raising salaries, reducing working hours and improving school leadership could help boost male teacher recruitment and retention.
  • A Department for Education (DfE) spokesperson stated that they want teaching to be inclusive, regardless of gender.
  • The spokesperson for the DfE reports that since 2010, there has been an increase of over 7,000 male teachers in state-funded nursery and primary schools.
  • The DfE want to continue bringing people into teaching through the introduction of bursaries.
  • For more, please visit the Independent’s website.