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April 21, 2023

Ofsted promises changes after head teacher Ruth Perry’s death

  • Chief inspector of Ofsted Amanda Spielman said that Ofsted are piloting changes to its complaints system.
  • Despite this, the single overall grade for schools will stay.
  • Ms Spielman has said that Ofsted will not be “soft on safeguarding” but where a school is doing well in other instances they will attempt to be visited again more promptly to reflect improvements in their own judgements.
  • Ofsted is also holding briefings for heads of schools who have not been inspected for a long period of time.
  • Head teachers’ unions have said that these changes do not go far enough and fail to recognise the strength of feeling among teachers.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.

Imgur is banning porn and purging old anonymous uploads

  • Imgur have announced their new terms of service which will come into effect on May 15th.
  • Imgur is “an online image sharing and image hosting service with a focus on social gossip.”
  • These updated terms will include the removal of “nudity, pornography & sexually explicit content” from its platform as well as “old, unused, and inactive content that is not tied to a user account”.
  • The platform has not gone into detail on the definition of “old, unused” content but it could potentially cover a large portion of non-pornographic imagery which has been embedded or linked.
  • Imgur have stated that “The Community Rules” will now apply to all uploads, both public and hidden.”
  • This means that content that is sexually explicit or involves nudity is not permitted anywhere on the platform.
  • For more, please see the Verge website.

NI school budgets: Father angry as cuts hit most disadvantaged pupils

  • A father of an autistic child is angry over the decision to scrap speech and language therapy (SLT) sessions that provided support to disadvantaged pupils.
  • The scheme funded by the Extended Schools Programme enabled almost 500 schools to provide extras including counselling, SLT, breakfast and after school clubs.
  • The funding is due to end on the 30th of June due to the extent of budget pressures.
  • The Department of Education did recognise how disappointing this is especially for the young people and their families who have benefitted.
  • The decision to cut funding has also been met with angry reactions from a number of trade unions.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.