7th Feb – Safer Internet day
This is an International event. In the UK the theme is “The Power of Image” and there is a stack of resources available in the Education Packs section here:
…teaching resources, quiz, social media campaign, advice for parents and carers – there’s something for everyone.
If you teach languages you can find info on this International day from other countries too! https://www.saferinternetday.org/web/sid/country
CPD – 2 Tutor training opportunities
“Delivering British Values in practice” – lots of practical examples from different subject areas, and adaptable activities, with embedded RARPA recap. Lichfield session now fully booked. Just a few places remaining for the Stafford session.
Tuesday 28th February 9.30-12.30 Trentham Suite Staffordshire Place 1, Stafford
*** New Session *** “Safeguarding awareness and Prevent update session” – follow-up training session for tutors to provide an update on current Safeguarding issues and the Prevent Duty.
Thursday 16th March 9.30-11.00 Staffordshire Place 1 Trentham Suite, Stafford
Please book your places ASAP to take part in these valuable training sessions by emailing email@example.com and please mention if you have any accessibility requirements.
NB: Places may be limited per provider to ensure that tutors from as many providers as possible can access the training sessions. Resources will be available online after the event, and tutors are expected to cascade training within their own provider where relevant.
Discussing Cyber-bullying – Challenging stereotypes and promoting British Values
I witnessed a great discussion about e-safety this week in an IT class, although it could easily have taken place in any subject. Learners were discussing communications and one had said that she preferred to receive official communications by post. One of the other learners agreed and said “yes, that’s our generation; we prefer to have things by post”. Clearly this was the learner’s own preference but she was also making a generalisation about her age group. The tutor replied that it is “just a personal preference” and that some people preferred post to email, or vice versa, it’s simply a personal choice, and what is important is taking the appropriate opportunity to express your preference. Without dismissing the learner’s own opinion, the tutor effectively challenged this stereotype, modelled respect for others’ opinions, and promoted individual liberty.
At another point the tutor raised the issue of some people making racist or other discriminatory comments online. One learner reacted by saying that “racism is getting worse again”, and another added that she’s heard of someone who had made one racist comment, and had consequently lost her job. The atmosphere could have become a little tense at this point but the tutor didn’t rush in to direct the conversation. She gently prompted them by saying that a comment might not be interpreted the way you intended, which lead the learners themselves to conclude that you should always stop and think before you press enter. The tutor then reminded learners that they should always report comments online that make them feel uncomfortable.
Great examples of these issues being discussed with sensitivity and relevance.
Policy Focus – From Policy to Practice
Essential reading for everyone, but especially relevant right now if you are attending any of our CPD sessions over the next few months:
- ACL Safeguarding Statement 2016-17
- Safeguarding Code of Conduct for Staff 2016-17
Download these policies from our website here.
Please ensure that you are familiar with the policies, the relevant contacts with in your organisation and Staffordshire ACL. The Code of Conduct has some useful examples of what is / is not acceptable for tutors.
If you would like to nominate one of your amazing learners for a National Award, please see the details of how to do it here:
2nd Feb National Time to Talk Day’
A day that brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems.
21st Feb ‘International Mother Language Day’
This Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was created to promote the dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
February and March see the Disrespect Nobody campaign being rolled out by The Home Office, aimed at young people, to prevent them becoming involved in abusive relationships. You may have seen the TV advert too. https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/
See below for further resources that you could adapt. Partner brief and campaign materials: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/assets.smartcdn.co.uk/docs/Campaign_materials_for_Disrespect_NoBody_2017.pdf.pdf
Why not use these national events to start a discussion with your groups?
Please get in touch if you have questions, comments or queries about any of the above, it’s great to hear from you! You can use the comment box below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org