Ofsted on Outstanding eSafety

David Brown, Ofsted National Advisor for ICT, talking on Safer Internet Day radio about eSafety. Some key points from the MP3 below…

  • All staff should be aware and involved
  • eSafety should be part of the whole curriculum, not just within the ICT/Computing subject area
  • Senior management responsible for training
  • Policies that students understand and have been involved in creating
  • Effective ways of reporting (examples: known members of staff, student buddies, on screen reporting buttons)
  • No one way that fits every school
  • eSafety of staff as well of students considered

Red flag? If the head says “talk to my head of department about that”.

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OCR Computing and EBacc

OCR confirmation that their GCSE in Computing counts as Computer Science as far as the Department of Education are concerned…

Computer science will become an EBacc subject, the Education Secretary announced today. It will be added to the list of separate science options, making four separate sciences instead of the traditional three. OCR’s GCSE in Computing will specifically count towards the EBacc in performance tables.

I’ll grab a PDF copy JIC.

2012 exam fiasco by the numbers

As someone new to teaching, and new to teaching GCSE, I’m finding the still on going discussions of the ‘GCSE Fiasco” fascinating.

As someone familiar with good and not so good leadership, I’m finding the silence of certain parties and the statements of others disheartening.

The numbers are enlightening…

FT Data blog:

England may have returned, by secret, to norm referencing. That might be a fine idea, but it would have been prudent to tell someone about it.

Geoff Barton on ‘Number Crunching’:

applying some numerical magic to the mystery of Ofqual’s limp explanation for the GCSE fiasco.

The Guardian Data Blog on GCSE pass rates:

The cause of such improvements in achievement has always been debated, and research published earlier this year by Ofqual found that exams had become easier in the last ten years.

Daniel Stucke English GCSE Analysis:

So a school that had completed all the controlled assessments and submitted them in January will have performed better than one who had completed them but held off to submit everything at the end of the course.

…it’s just a shame that this weeks media reporting couldn’t wrap its hands around the complex issues.

In all of this it’s sometimes a struggle to remember that what matters isn’t the exam boards, or ofqual, or ofsted, or the DfE, or the unions, or the Secretary of State for Education, or teachers, or heads and principals.

It’s the students, stupid.