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June 12, 2023

Ofsted school inspections to change after Ruth Perry’s family campaign

  • School inspections in England are set to change following calls for reform.
  • Ofsted will revisit schools graded inadequate over child welfare within three months and a school can be regraded if concerns have been addressed.
  • From September, schools will be given more detail of what is expected in measures to keep children safe, such as keeping good records and training staff to deal with concerns.
  • Ofsted’s compaints system will be overhauled so that complaints could be escalated to an independent adjudicator at an early stage.
  • Ms Perry’s Sister, Prof Waters has said that her most important concerns still have not been addressed, including summing a school up in a one-word judgement.
  • Another parent campaigner added that the one-word system feels like a judgement on everyone in the school community.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Twitter has reportedly refused to pay its Google Cloud contract

  • Twitter has recently refused to pay Google ahead of the contract’s June 30th renewal date.
  • This is putting some tools, including Smyte, which provides moderation services, in danger of going offline.
  • If Twitter can’t move the system to its own servers by the end of the month, Platformer suggests a shutdown would impact the company’s ability to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
  • For more, please visit Engadget’s website.

The following story may be regionalised. 

Sharp rise seen in home educated children in Kent

  • The number of pupils being educated at home in Kent and Medway has risen by more than 50% within five years.
  • According to Freedom of Information figures, a total of 3,044 children in Kent were being home educated in April 2022, compared to 1,997 in 2018.
  • The total in Medway has also risen from 405 to 608 in the same period.
  • The Department for Education said any decision to home educate should take the child’s best interests into consideration.
  • Council officials have suggested the reasons behind the rise include mental health problems, bullying and parent dissatisfaction with schools.
  • The national home education charity Education Otherwise have seen an increase in parents supporting children with anxiety since the pandemic.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.