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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.

RSE in NI schools behind the times on human rights

  • The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have said that Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) in schools in NI does not meet human rights standards that the government are bound to.
  • The Commission has carried out an investigation to assess the extent to which post-primary schools are providing, “age-appropriate, comprehensive and scientifically accurate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering prevention of early pregnancy and access to abortion”.
  • This is as recommended by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 2018 Report and incorporated into UK law.
  • They found in the majority of schools, resources are not always considered to be comprehensive and objective.
  • In some schools, resources were outdated.
  • For the full story, go to the Belfast Telegraph’s website.