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The DfE has published an updated draft version of the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) guidance after a period of review. The draft guidance, which is under consultation for 8 weeks, proposes age limits on content, and includes a new dedicated section on sexual harassment and violence [GOV.UK]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Read our Need-to-know for a summary of the changes, as well as advice on how to respond to the consultation.

Teachers are spending more time than ever supporting pupils with their mental wellbeing, according to new research from Teach First. Workload pressure is also being heightened by the recruitment and retention crisis and social care issues [Tes Magazine - subscription required]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Understand how you can promote a healthy staff work-life balance without stepping on the toes of the day-to-day running of your school.

An increasing number of pupils are missing classes due to a rise in school cyber attacks. Government data suggests that most schools have identified a cyber security breach in the past year [BBC News]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Be clear on what you need to know about cyber security, and the questions you can ask your school leaders, so you can be assured your school is as safe as possible from a cyber attack.

Zero Carbon Schools, run by Green Schools Project, is open for schools to register for the 2024-25 academic year. The programme helps pupils explore the causes and impact of the climate crisis, investigate their schools’ carbon footprints, and design and lead projects to reduce them. It also includes teacher training and support to inform and involve the local community. Find out more information, register to attend a taster session, and get your school to sign up to start its journey to zero carbon!

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Help your school or trust do all it can to tackle climate change by embedding environmental sustainability into its vision, strategy and practice.


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