Journal

COVID – What’s really happening in schools

Throughout the pandemic, the DfE has been collecting data on COVID infections in schools and sharing this with local authorities. This data is reported directly by schools via the Department for Education’s daily education settings survey. It is not the primary source of data on infection, incidence, and COVID-19 cases overall but it continues to …

What is Web Accessibility and Why Does it Matter?

Web accessibility is the practice of making sure a website can be accessed and used by as many people as possible. Having a lovely website that showcases your school is essential these days and you should feel confident that anyone can visit and enjoy your website regardless of visual, motor, auditory, or cognitive ability. These …

Remote Learning: An End to Snow Days?

The pandemic has seen a fundamental change in the way education has been delivered in the UK for the past year. Whilst some schools or education establishments have delivered lessons remotely for some time, the mainstream education system was all about face-to-face lessons, with ratios ranging anywhere from 1 to 1 up to 1 to …

How Secure is Your School Website?

Website hacking is an issue for all websites, not just big corporations, banks and government departments. We often see articles in the media about hackers making targeted attacks on large companies and governments to steal money and information or for ideological reasons (known as hacktivism) but schools, individuals and small organisations are also at threat …

IT Security: Top tips

This Guest Editorial is by Jamie Charlton, Sales Director of Sharp Business Systems UK. As technology continues to advance, and as schools and students become increasingly more dependent on internet-ready devices, cybercrime is becoming more difficult to both deal with, and avoid. The Department for Education now specifies that school managers, governors, and head teachers …

Data Protection Update

There’s a growing awareness of the impact on individuals when personal information is used in a way that people wouldn’t reasonably expect and It’s been clear for some time that individuals don’t trust organisations with their personal information. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applied from May 2018 and brought into focus the ways in …

Is your school brand strong enough?

Modern Problems in a digital landscape Amongst the many challenges that schools face, one which has evolved significantly since digital advancements is the way in which prospective parents and employees engage with your school. Before we were able to swing open our laptops and ‘Google’ any organisation at the press of a button, parents and …