A selection of schools in the North West are testing out Surfaceskins: a revolutionary new technology that fights cross-contamination and aims to improve hand hygiene among pupils.

With studies showing 80% of infections are transmitted by hands, the special needs school, high school and two primary schools in Wigan have implemented Surfaceskins on a trial basis to see if it boosts hand hygiene and reduces absenteeism.

The school's employer needs to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) which effectively controls the risks associated with its work activities. Successful implementation of the SMS will not only make it less likely that someone will be hurt, but also reduce the likelihood of criminal or civil litigation. At the heart of any SMS is the Health and Safety Policy. This should provide direction on the health and safety aims of the organisation, who is responsible for undertaking tasks and how they are to be completed.

During Mental Health Awareness Week the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is urging policy makers to introduce mental health training for teachers.

Amanda Webb, Strategic Relationship Director (Education) from Affinity Workforce, talks to QA Education about the skills shortage within teaching and how to get a better visibility and understanding of staff:

A new report has highlighted the growing concern amongst school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) heads regarding the potential impact of the industry’s skills crisis and the need for a new approach to teacher recruitment.

We have a package of three Crown House Publishing titles to give away to one lucky reader, which promise to help school leaders navigate their way through the profession more successfully. The titles are:

There Is Another Way

The Second Big Book Of Independent Thinking (priced £16.99)

Ian Gilbert’s There is Another Way: The second big book of independent thinking shares inspirational ideas from a number of contributors intended to inspire educators to do what they know is right – regardless of the pressures from above. 

UCL’s Nathan Lea tells our editor Victoria Galligan about how the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have an impact on schools and what can be done to prepare for the new regime, which comes into force on May 25th...

How will GDPR affect the way primary and secondary schools use data overall?

As the sugar tax comes into force, today results from the 2018 Child Measurement Programme (CMP) Annual Report show that childhood obesity has increased over the past two years.

Latest data shows more than one in four children assessed were overweight or obese in 2016/17. With the gap in levels of childhood obesity now 6.2 per cent between those living in the most disadvantaged areas (14.9 per cent) and the least disadvantaged (8.7 per cent).

Comedian Adam Hess hosted the 2018 Shine a Light Awards, a national awards scheme that celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.

Adam struggled with dyslexia and an immense fear of public speaking when he was younger. At the awards, which took place at Pearson’s headquarters in London, 17 individuals and teams across 10 award categories were recognised, as well as children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 

From sexting to screen-grabbing: Charlotte Aynsley, Online Safety Consultant at RM Education and owner of E-safety Training and Consultancy, on what schools are dealing with when it comes to e-safety in an ever-evolving digital world.

While every school knows the importance of safeguarding in our digital world, it’s also important that they know and understand the most effective strategies to help safeguard their pupils online, both in and out of the classroom.