Some signs of a slowdown for Easter but still plenty to get the teeth into this week.
First up and with only limited bite according to some, has been a new White Paper from the government on internet safety. There have been concerns for a while about the effects that some online platforms have been having on young people and in what it claims is ‘the first attempt globally to address a comprehensive spectrum of online harms in a single and coherent way,’ the government has gone for a duty of care approach with senior company managers responsible for ‘keeping UK users particularly children, safer online.’ The Paper comes with an updated Digital Charter and a series of questions for consultation. With the EU and other countries moving in a similar direction, it’s an important piece of work.
Elsewhere this week, there’s been a fair amount on health and wellbeing with the latest annual survey on workplace stress (sick days down, stress-related absence up) from the CIPD and Simplyhealth, a new report from the Children’s Commissioner in England on inequalities in mental health support for young people and the announcement of a set of projects from the Health Foundation. The latter is particularly interesting. Among the seven projects commissioned is one from the Education Policy Institute on non-academic routes for young people and one from the Mental Health Coalition and Centre for Mental Health on results-driven pressures in schools. A major report will follow this autumn.
In other news items this week, the government set out procedures for EU teachers to have their qualifications recognised so that they can work in the UK post Brexit and issued new guidance on claiming Erasmus+ and ESC funding under the government’s guarantee, in the event of a no-deal.
In FE, the first Institutes of Technology edged a step nearer with the announcement of the first 12 who’ll now move into the licensing stage. Whether any will be ready to open their doors by this September as envisaged remains to be seen. At the same time the new Commission on the College of the Future got down to business trying to make sense of the future operating context for colleges. It’ll be interesting to see how the two concepts shape up and whether there’s any connection in terms of future model.
For schools, the DfE rolled out its free teacher vacancy service, the Chair of the Education Committee set out further thoughts on knife crime, the National Literacy Trust announced a survey on how far young people are using digital technology in reading and the Education Policy Institute reported on school appeals.
Finally, away from the B word stuff, the EU Commission has been hosting a high-level conference on the future of work and the impact of the digital revolution. The future never waits.